The basis for the identification of needs and creating an overview of existing activities, such as the capacity-building portal for developing countries, emerged from decision 2/CP.7. In line with that mandate, in 2012 the capacity-building portal was developed, taking into consideration the need for an overview of activities and the intention to gather information on capacity-building support provided to developing countries.
The capacity-building portal is an interactive tool that collects, compiles and disseminates country-driven information and allows the display of information from the submissions of the non-Party stakeholders that support the capacity and ability of developing countries at the national and regional levels in accordance with the provisions of the Convention (Paris Agreement, Article 11, paragraph 2).
Overview of the Capacity-building Portal
The capacity-building portal presents a world map whereby the standard view of the map is an overview of all priority areas (decision 2/CP.7 and activities by region, including a year range (e.g. 1975–2019) and providing the total number of activities stored in the catalogue. The pie chart at the bottom of the screen presents a graphical view of the activities of the selected country. Developing country Parties are indicated by different grey shades on the map: the darker the grey shade, the more project activities are available there. Owing to the scale of the map, small areas are presented as dots and are not adequately displayed using the colour scheme or greyscale. Moving the mouse to hover over a country will present information on the projects related to that specific country. No data for this country is displayed when relevant information on capacity-building activities has not yet been submitted to the system.
The Activity List widget shows a list of titles of activities based on the filtering criteria. It is displayed on the screen only when a country or filtering parameters is/are selected. The title of the window shows the selected location and may include national and regional activities. Next to the group name, the amount of activities for the group is shown. The numbers at the bottom of the window represent the total count of activities based on the selected criteria. The first is the number of activities in the selected year range and the second the count of activities for all years. Additionally, information can be exported by clicking on the CSV export button at the bottom of the Activity List window, circled in blue in the above picture.
The Find Activities widget assists in locating specific information, allowing activities to be filtered by priority area, location and specific time period. Another way to find activities is through hovering over a country with activities and clicking on that country. Consequently, a list of activities will open and allow you to scroll accordingly.
The My Activities widget allows selected activities from the Activity List widget to be saved temporarily. Clicking on the "+" symbol in the Activity List will add the activity to My Activities and clicking on the "I" symbol will open a new window with further details related to the selected activity.
The pie chart(s) widget provides a graphical representation of the distribution of activities by region and priority areas. Clicking on a country will adjust the information displayed by the pie chart(s) accordingly.
Pursuant to decision 16/CP.22, paragraph 9, United Nations agencies, multilateral organizations and relevant admitted observer organizations engaged in providing capacity-building support to developing countries are invited to submit information to be uploaded onto the capacity-building portal. Non-Party stakeholders need to request a login by e-mailing CapacityBuildingPortal@unfccc.int or, if a login is already obtained, the menu of the capacity-building portal can be accessed and clicking on Submit Information or My account will allow submission accordingly
In line with the provisions of decision 1/CP.21, paragraphs 72 and 73(i), the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) will provide guidance to the secretariat on the maintenance and further development of the web-based capacity-building portal, as also contained in the 2016-2020 workplan of the PCCB in order to support developing country Parties, in particular countries with the least capacity, such as the least developed countries, and those that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, such as small island developing States (SIDS).
Consequently, in 2017 the PCCB established the working group on ‘Enhancing the Capacity-building Portal’ to explore options for the improvement of the current system to promote the development and dissemination of tools and methodologies for the implementation of capacity-building activities. The capacity-building portal is a vital tool for the dissemination of existing information related to capacity-building activities. In alignment with the annual focus theme of the PCCB, the capacity-building portal working group conducted its work also in the context of supporting Parties through the capacity-building portal to implement the Paris Agreement through the nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
|Working group members||Country||Group/Constituency|
|Ms. Marzena Chodor (Lead)||Poland||Eastern Europe|
|Ms. Vedis Vik||Norway||WEOG|
|Mr. Mfumu Richard Lungu||Zambia||LDC|
The PCCB aims to strengthen the collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including academia, civil society, and the private sector, and has initiated this process by conducting a preliminary listing of stakeholders involved in capacity-building activities. This includes also social media tools to allow for the dissemination and access to a wide range of information to support collaboration among stakeholders <<more>>