UN Climate Change News, 4 May 2021 – The Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) has extended the work of its network to the end of 2021 following its successful launch and operation in 2020. The work of the network is closely linked with the committee’s focus area for 2021 – “building capacity to facilitate coherent implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the context of national development plans.”
NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. NDCs are submitted every five years to the UNFCCC secretariat and are currently being submitted by Parties. Their coherent implementation is of critical importance to meaningfully respond to the climate emergency and requires strengthened capacities in developing countries.
The PCCB had successfully launched the PCCB Network in April 2020 as an important tool to accomplish its mission of sharing capacity-building efforts and activities among members, the PCCB and capacity-building practitioners and stakeholders across the globe.
To celebrate the completion of PCCB Network’s first year, the PCCB gathered its members in the 2nd PCCB Network meeting on 27 April 2021 to look back and learn from the network’s first year, assess the status quo and plan the way forward. Some 100 participants from 54 organisations attended the meeting, tuning in from 37 different countries, and representing a steadily growing membership from different regions.
The climate emergency, evidenced by increasing extreme weather events around the world, calls for stepped-up climate action across the board. Many developing countries will need strengthened capacities to implement the climate actions as embodied in their NDCs. To support this, the PCCB network will continue to foster collaborations through its activities and events such as webinars, trainings, thematic and regional meet-ups throughout the year.
In preparation for the Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of the year, the incoming COP26 Presidency from the United Kingdom is strengthening its capacity-building work. The incoming Presidency presented its C4CA project, which aims to bring together parties with non-state actors to focus on a number of areas on mitigation ambition, adaptation action, access to finance, carbon markets, transparency and reporting.
The 2nd PCCB meeting has set in motion the process of mapping and fostering networking and collaboration opportunities within the network. The feedback and inputs provided by members at the meeting will be used as a framework to guide the design and implementation of the list of activities of the PCCB Network for 2021.
In 2021, the bottom-up approach for implementing activities of the PCCB Network will be further developed and strengthened. Therefore, member-driven proposals that foster collaboration opportunities within the network will be encouraged and promoted through various means, including through a new online space – to be announced – to enable additional opportunities for exchange.