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Incorporating a wealth of knowledge and experience in multilateral negotiations, the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations provides public officials, non-state actors, and academics with a better understanding and key skills of reaching global agreements in highly complex multilateral settings. We also offer general training in multilateral negotiations. We maintain a central knowledge repository on negotiation management based on practical experience and rigorous academic research. Our work seeks to reduce the loss of expertise caused by changing negotiation hosts, to spread best practices, and to contribute to better negotiation outcomes. We ensure absolute confidentiality.


Effective negotiation management is key to reaching the best possible agreement. Together with our clients, we identify specific process challenges and develop effective negotiation management strategies while providing actionable advice. We also moderate and facilitate processes.



A thorough understanding of multilateral negotiations is crucial for many stakeholders. We provide tailor-made training sessions and lectures on multilateral negotiation management for our public and private clients.


Knowledge Hub

Our online Knowledge Hub collects, systematises, and makes available practical knowledge on multilateral negotiation facilitation. It aspires to become a central resource for practitioners, academics, and private actors.

Negotiations cannot be improvised if they are to be successful. An understanding of the rules and dynamics inherent in any multilateral negotiation are as important as knowledge of the substance. An effective negotiator does well to learn these as key tools of the trade.
Christiana Figueres
Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary
This project represents a great opportunity to provide negotiation chairs with facilitation best practices, and thereby accelerate the crafting of multilateral agreements on trade and other global issues.
Pascal Lamy
Director-General of the World Trade Organization, 2005-2013
This is a great initiative, which I fully support. In multilateral negotiations, the quality of the process is as important as the substance in order to reach significant agreements.
Patricia Espinosa
UNFCCC Executive Secretary, President COP16
I and my team greatly benefited from Kai Monheim’s presentation in 2014 on the lessons learned from previous presidencies. It helped us structure our approach to prepare and later exercise the presidency of COP21. The lessons drawn by Kai resonated in the many steps we took when interacting, at different levels, with parties to the UNFCC, and, in no small ways, contributed to the success of Paris.
Antoine Michon
Head of Environment and Climate Division, French Foreign Ministry