Advice: Workshop on the negotiation management by the UNFCCC COP23 Presidency of Fiji
On May 19-20 2017, the Center for Multilateral Negotiations organized a 1.5-day workshop on negotiation management for COP23 to support the incoming COP Presidency, the Government of Fiji. The workshop convened experts and officials from previous COP Presidencies, including Morocco, France, Mexico, Denmark, and the UNFCCC Secretariat, who shared valuable insights to support the Fijian government. Participants from Fiji included Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Permanent Representative to the UN, Nazhat Shameen Khan.
The programme was divided into a series of interactive sessions that addressed essential issues, such as
- The roles of the UNFCCC COP Presidency
- Team work between key facilitating institutions
- Objectives and themes of the COP23 Presidency
- The involvement of non-parties
Each session opened with presentations by the experts who drew on their experiences to provide advice on how the incoming Presidency could address the challenges faced by every COP Presidency as well as specific challenges related to COP23. Informal discussions between experts and Fiji participants carved out specific options with possible next steps, moderated by the Center for Multilateral Negotiations.
Feedback from participants has been unequivocally positive. The Government of Fiji highlighted how the workshop provided an excellent opportunity to craft concrete facilitation options for COP 23 in a constructive and supportive framework.
We thank our workshop partner for funding the event: the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with Director-General, Dr Karsten Sach:
“This workshop again greatly leveraged the wealth of experience from managing past UN climate negotiations for the incoming Fijian Presidency. Sessions were perfectly set up, very practicable and will make a tangible difference. Our expectations as sponsor were more than met.”