A two-day capacity building workshop titled ‘Policy Spaces and Options of CSOs engagement (lobby and activities) towards COP 26 and beyond’ was held by Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) from 17-18 February 2021 at BRAC CDM, Savar, Bangladesh. The event was attended by over twenty participants representing various NGOs, CSOs, government officials, and academicians. The workshop, over nine sessions aimed at building capacity of various professionals on the impacts, science, policy, and politics of climate change, key elements of Paris Agreement, significance and development process of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plan (NAP), conflicting issues of climate change negotiations and a joint-participatory activity by the participants. The inaugural session was presided over by Md. Shamsuddhoha, Chief Executive, CPRD, with a welcome note followed by opening speeches by Prof. Saleemul Huq-Director, ICCCAD; Mr. Sanjay Vashist- Director, Climate Action Network South Asia(CANSA); Prof. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed-Director, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation(PKSF) and Ms. Rabeya Begum-Chairperson & Steering Committee CANSA Bangladesh and Executive Director-SDS.

During the inaugural session, the guests briefly explored Conference of Parties (COP) meetings and their significant outcomes, the first being Paris Agreement whereby decisions were taken through consensus regarding climate change-related activities; ‘adaptation’ particularly for least developing countries (LDCs) and vulnerable ones; the inevitability of loss and damage’ (L&D), its inclusion in Article 8 and climate financing; the necessity to reinforce capacity building to deepen knowledge in order to develop skills holistically besides being adept in fieldwork and implementation of climate change-related activities (especially out of Dhaka City) to create opportunities for training and workshops to bridge the gap between practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge of local organizations and CSOs.

Post-inauguration, the sessions of the day were on the science, policy, and politics of climate change, the basic components of weather change, causes of climate change, addressing the predominant reasons of the emissions and their impacts, means, and mediums to adapt from these impacts, etc., the three conventions namely United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its complexities, elaborate discussion on COP, articles of Paris Agreement, Kyoto Protocol, climate financing and nationally determined contribution (NDCs).

On Day 2, an interactive session engaging all the participants in a knowledge-sharing process was held. The subject matter of the session was the Paris Climate Agreement. The session progressed with a discussion of Articles 3, 4, 6, 6.2, 6.8. 6.14, 7 and Internationally Traded Mitigation Outcome (ITMO). This session explored the importance of market-based mechanisms rather than non-market mechanism; global conflict over the accounting of ITMOs in the NDCs for example, and the expected issues anticipated to be produced in the upcoming COP26. The last session was an open and participatory activity where participants were divided into five groups, given a task to mention- lessons learned from the 2days activity; organizational viewpoint and share their national and global policy action plan taking March-November as a timeframe. He stated about- the importance of monthly COP zoom meetings, two more upcoming workshops on Program and learning, and Policy write-up. The two-day workshop concluded with a vote of thanks facilitated by Ms. Jennifer Khadim (tbc) of ICCCAD.

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