Capacity-building Knowledge to Action Days in Regional Climate Weeks

Background

During the Third Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB), which took place during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2019, the PCCB endorsed the concept note for the envisaged Capacity-building Knowledge to Action Days at the forthcoming Regional Climate Weeks and at COP 25, contained in document PCCB/2019/5. The importance of these events was highlighted, as a way to identify context-driven responses to capacity gaps and needs at the local and national level, as well as to  support the work of the PCCB on strengthening engagement of academia and research institutions in building capacity for the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPS) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), therefore bridging the gap between theory and practice of climate action.

Scope

Even when there is a great variety of institutional arrangements for climate change mitigation and adaptation in every country, the continuous participation of local, national and regional stakeholders, including research institutions and universities is considered crucial to enhance climate action and ambition. The lack of engagement of and insufficient coordination among these relevant actors is a recurring issue in discussions on capacity-building within the UNFCCC process. It is necessary to find better ways to mobilize local and policy relevant knowledge to address climate change issues and to make informed decisions.

Universities and research institutions in developing countries, including the least developed countries, have a central role to play in the preparation and implementation of NAPs and NDCs, however it will be important for them to think across boundaries such as geographic, disciplinary, and interest-based, to close the gap between knowledge and action. While universities in developing countries are already building local capacities, promoting South-South and South-North knowledge sharing among universities and including relevant stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of NAPs and NDCs could yield great benefits.

Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW)

Capacity-building Knowledge to Action Day
Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW)

The PCCB together with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - NAP Global Network, NDC Partnership and the UNFCCC secretariat organized a full day workshop during the LACCW 2019 where universities and research institutions were able to interact and exchange experiences with the relevant stakeholders involved in building capacity for the design and implementation of NAPs and NDCs, thereby creating momentum towards the UN Climate Summit in September 2019. More >>

Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW)

Capacity-building Knowledge to Action Day
Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW)

The PCCB together with IISD- NAP Global Network, the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD), the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), UNESCAP, UN Environment, and the UNFCCC secretariat organized a full day workshop during the Asia-Pacific Climate Week. This workshop provided a space where universities and research institutions will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences on addressing capacity-building gaps and needs, with relevant stakeholders involved in the preparation and implementation of NAPs and NDCs with a view to accelerating climate action and increasing climate ambition. More >>

Way Forward

Way Forward and Next Steps

During COP 25, the results from the workshops will be presented at the 2nd Capacity-Building Hub, hosted by the PCCB, opening a space for discussing and brainstorming with other stakeholders and actors on the next steps. A third workshop is envisaged to be organized during the Africa Climate Week in 2020. In addition, the outcomes and recommendations of each workshop will be synthetized in a Discussion Paper/ Policy Brief which will be developed by all the partners and launched in 2020 (subject to the availability of resources).