Haque, M.
Haque, S.
Huq, S.



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The first Capacity-Building Day, a side event at the 23rd Conference of Parties was held on November 16, 2017 at GIZ GmbH offices at Heinrich-von-Stephan-Straße 9, 53175 Bonn, Germany. The aim of the daylong event was to bring together practitioners, policymakers, researchers and students to bridge the gap between the need for capacities and those offering capacity-building activities. This year’s event focused on initiatives that enhance the implementation of nationally determined contributions.

Capacity-building is central to effectively implementing policy and taking action on climate change as recognized in Article 11 and 13 of the Paris Agreement. Article 11 stresses the importance of designing long-term, in-country capacity, that is country-driven responds to the needs and contexts of developing countries. The Article further mentions that capacities need to be enhanced at the national, sub national and local levels. Capacity-building programs should be a cross-cutting and iterative process guided by lessons learned and be gender responsive. To monitor, oversee and support the implementation of Article 11 of the Paris Agreement, the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) was formed in Marrakesh at COP 22.
In the early days of the Convention when mitigation was dominating the climate change discourse, Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD and Senior Fellow at International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) pioneered “Adaptation Day” a one-day side event dedicated solely to enhancing the state of knowledge on adaptation. The event first held in 2002 at COP8 has evolved into a two-day large side event called Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) bringing diverse communities of practice together to explore the link between development and climate. Since then, many day-long side events on different topics of climate change such as oceans, agriculture, law and governance have been organized. Capacity-Building Day attempts to follow the footsteps of D&C Days by providing a platform for communities of practice across regions to come together, share knowledge, learn and network.

Capacity-Building Day is an opportunity to connect the capacities required by developing countries with what is offered. The event serves as a platform for sharing new, untested ideas, initiatives in the planning stages, current and tested initiatives on capacity-building. Over the years, the event aims to  enhance the global state of knowledge on capacity-building contributing to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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