In April 2016, the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations arranged a two-days workshop with the government of Morocco holding the Presidency of the UN climate summit 2016 (COP22) and facing the first post-decision COP after Paris.

The workshop sessions proved an important and effective step in formulating the host country’s negotiation strategy and was funded by GIZ and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The workshop was met with great appreciation from all participating parties, expressing the importance of the workshop for their work.

  • The Moroccan government was extremely pleased with the offer and the workshop.
  • The sponsor, the German Environment Ministry and the GIZ, confirmed the high usefulness of the workshop and underlined that all expectations were fully met.

The workshop featured multiple interactive sessions where high-level, international practitioners generously shared lessons learnt from facilitating former climate negotiations in dialogue with officials of the Government of Morocco. Discussions and contributions were held in order to design a strategy to address the specific challenges of negotiation management faced by Morocco as incoming Presidency of the COP22 negotiations in 2016.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety on the workshop: IKI supports Morocco in preparing for the global climate change conference (COP 22) in Marrakech.

International experts and the Government of Morocco
Ms Ribera, Director of IDDRI, Science Po
Ms Ribera, Director of IDDRI, Science Po
Mr Zammit Cutajar, Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Mr Zammit Cutajar, Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Ms Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Ms Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Mr Watkinson, Head of the French climate negotiation team
Mr Watkinson, Head of the French climate negotiation team
Ms Williams, UNFCCC Team Lead Legal Affairs Programme
Ms Williams, UNFCCC Team Lead Legal Affairs Programme
Mr Boussaid, GIZ Morocco, Project competence centre for climate change
Mr Boussaid, GIZ Morocco, Project competence centre for climate change
Ms Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador of South Africa to the UN
Ms Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador of South Africa to the UN
Workshop provider Mr Monheim and workshop sponsor Mr Sach
Workshop provider Mr Monheim and workshop sponsor Mr Sach
Mr Mekouar, Ambassador for multilateral negotiation
Mr Mekouar, Ambassador for multilateral negotiation
Ms El Haite, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Minis-ter of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment
Ms El Haite, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment
Mr Nbou, National Focal Point to UNFCCC of Morocco
Mr Nbou, National Focal Point to UNFCCC of Morocco
Mr Baraka, Scientific committee COP22
Mr Baraka, Scientific committee COP22
Mr Benyahia, Head of Side Events
Mr Benyahia, Head of Side Events
Mr Lhafi, COP22 Commissioner
Mr Lhafi, COP22 Commissioner
Mr Benrayan, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr Benrayan, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Thoughts and responses to the workshop

This is an excellent initiative. The art of negotiation is central to the success of international negotiations… It is an opportunity to bring together ingredients for success at COP22.
– Mr Abdelaadim El Hafi, Head of COP22 Steering Committee

The workshop provided a great opportunity to assess the current negotiation situation and to develop approaches to address the key facilitation challenges of the Presidency leading up to COP22, jointly with an outstanding group of former summit chairs and lead facilitators! It was also a unique input for me on how to best support the incoming Presidency as new Executive Secretary.
– Ms Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

It’s one of the most useful practical workshops you can imagine for any team facing this kind of challenge. It allowed a deep understanding of concerns and expectations, sensitiveness and opportunities to successfully lead a global governance process such as the UNFCCC negotiations.
– Ms Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI, Science Po

Stimulating – assembling a range of first-hand experiences and lessons to be drawn from them.
– Mr Michael Zammit Cutajar, Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The workshop greatly leveraged the wealth of experience from managing past UN climate negotiations for the incoming Moroccan Presidency. Sessions were perfectly set up, very practicable and will make a tangible difference. Our expectations as sponsor were more than met.
– Mr Karsten Sach, Director General “Climate Policy, European and International Policy“, German Environment Ministry

The workshop on multilateral negotiation management held in Rabat in April 2016 delivered action-orientated proposals and sound advice from experienced climate change negotiators and former COP hosts that, in my view, were not only useful to the incoming COP22/CMP12 Presidency, but also enriched our collective understanding of the management of complex multilateral processes.
– Ms Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, Former Special Climate Ambassador of South Africa for the Durban COP

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