2nd Durban Forum on Capacity-building

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 3:00 – 6:00 pm and
Thursday, 6 June 2013, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Bonn, Germany

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, and co-facilitated by Helen Plume (New Zealand) and Kishan Kumarsingh (Trinidad and Tobago).

Theme

It was an opportunity for those interested in or working on capacity-building to engage in panel discussions and comment on presentations from representatives of Parties, NGOs, IGOs and the private sector on the delivery of capacity-building to enable adaptation and mitigation actions and to implement the Kyoto Protocol.

It was also an opportunity to receive, directly from Chairs, Co-chairs and members of bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, an overview of capacity-building elements in the work plans of these bodies.

The meeting’s outcome supported the Subsidiary Body for Implementation both in its annual monitoring of the delivery of capacity-building actions, and in periodic comprehensive reviews of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

Background, Overview and Presentations:

Background

During the Doha Climate Change Conference in December 2012, Parties agreed that the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum would explore ways to enhance the implementation of capacity-building in developing countries at the national level. More topics for discussion would be provided through submissions.

In Doha, Parties also decided that the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum would open its doors to exchanges and discussions on capacity-building activities for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, as indicated in decisions  1/CP.18 and 10/CMP.8.

The UNFCCC secretariat prepared a set of background documents to facilitate the discussions at the meeting. All documents are displayed in the information box on the right side of this page.

Additional information on the organization of work is contained here

Day 1: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 - Overview

During Part I, representatives of Parties, intergovernmental and non‐governmental organizations, and the private sector alternated in presenting experiences, good practices and lessons learned from the delivery of capacitybuilding to enable adaptation and mitigation action, and to integrate gender perspectives in climate change policies at the national level.

Presenters were invited to highlight the following aspects in their presentations and interventions:

  • Capacity‐building for long‐term planning of adaptation or mitigation actions
  • Barriers encountered and overcome in the delivery of capacity‐building
  • Role and engagement of stakeholders in the delivery of capacity‐building
  • Tools and methodologies to monitor and review the effectiveness of capacity‐building
  • Matching of capacity needs with financial support

Presentations and panel discussions were followed by an interactive dialogue with and among the Durban Forum participants.

15.00–15.15 - Introduction

Welcoming remarks
 Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary

Objectives of the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum
Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Chair of the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum

Introductory remarks by the co-facilitators
Kishan Kumarsingh (Trinidad and Tobago)

16.30–16.50 - Building capacity on gender and climate change linkages
Day 2: Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - Overview

Part II featured presentations on capacity-building for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, and an overview of capacity-building elements provided by in work plans of the bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. This session was attended by Chairs, Co-Chairs and members of the following bodies:

  • Technology Executive Committee
  • Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network
  • Standing Committee on Finance
  • Adaptation Committee
  • Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from non-Annex I Parties
  • Least Developed Countries Expert Group
  • Board of the Green Climate Fund
  • Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism

The meeting concluded with a panel discussion on 'Enhanced delivery of capacity-building to promote concrete and effective adaptation and mitigation actions at the national level', with the participation of representatives of the European Union, Japan, United Republic of Tanzania, Climate Action Network- International, World Future Council and University College London/Chatham House.

The focus issues for discussions among panelists and with the participants were:

  • potential ways to further enhance the implementation of capacity-building at the national level
  • the importance of catalyzing actions to build capacity for mitigation and adaptation at the national level
15.45–16.50 - Overview of capacity-building elements in the work of bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol
17.50 – 18.00 - Wrap up Part II and closure of the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum