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Session on Capacity-Building

August 10, 2023

About the Session

Capacity-building is fundamental to achieving the objectives of the Convention, the Paris Agreement (Article 11) and the Kyoto Protocol. It has been identified as a priority in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Many developing countries, in particular the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), still have gaps and needs in this area and require capacity-building support at the individual, institutional and systemic levels. It enables individuals, organizations and societies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Capacity-building is provided through bilateral and multilateral efforts within and outside the Convention.

This session aims to introduce the participants of the YECAP Climate Negotiators Training Programme to the “Capacity-Building” Workstream, and its evolving institutional architecture in the UNFCCC process, including the associated constituted bodies.

In 2019, the CMA highlighted that capacity-building efforts and activities are undertaken by a range of constituted bodies under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, in line with their respective mandates, as well as by various bodies and actors outside the Convention and the Paris Agreement. This session will aim to highlight the entry points for Youth to participate in the UNFCCC process through the windows of opportunities provided by CB and its constituted bodies.

In addition, Youth4Capacity is a programme to build capacity of young people on climate change while also seeking to address the linkages between climate action and the implementation of the SDGs and the three Rio conventions in this context. In order to meet its objectives, four activities are being designed, implemented and reported on by the UNFCCC Secretariat with the contribution of the Government of Italy. This session will aim to share entry points to sustain a meaningful and long-term engagement with and for youth, through their ongoing initiatives at local or community levels.

More information and resource materials will be available after the conclusion of the event.

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