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Recent events demonstrate how environment, trade and climate continue to be at the center of attention for citizens and policymakers alike. Significant progress was made in negotiations on the Basel Convention in enhancing the global regulation of plastic waste. Tumultuous US-Sino trade talks reached an apparent impasse. Students from more than 100 countries organized classroom walkouts to demand climate action while a handful of recalcitrant nations continue to dominate the headlines at the UN climate negotiations by refusing to welcome the latest IPCC report on a 1.5° temperature rise. The list goes on. But for every single issue, progress – or lack thereof – is contingent on international cooperation. We are excited to share some updates from the Centre, as we continue our work to advance collective problem-solving for global challenges. 

We are excited to announce that we will be publishing a book that records key insights from the creation of the Paris Climate Agreement, one of the most significant multilateral agreements in our time. In May we hosted atraining for the German Mercator Foundation to deepen practical and theoretical knowledge on the challenges of conducting multilateral negotiations in complex settings. Finally, we are happy to report that our Centre’s leading digital research project – the Negotiation Database – is publicly accessible online and has been selected to be showcased at Paris Peace Forum this November. 

As always, you are welcome to follow us on LinkedIn or on cemune.org; If you want to learn more or support us, please reach out to kai.monheim@cemune.org. 

Best regards
Dr Kai Monheim and Dr Magnus Lundgren 
Director and Deputy Director 
Centre for Multilateral Negotiations 

Book Announcement: Discover the Insider Stories behind the Consensus on Climate
We are excited to announce an upcoming book which will be co-authored by our research team and stakeholders who held significant positions during the 2015 UN climate negotiations in Paris. The book will contain key takeaways, insights and analysis that help explain how almost 200 countries reached the consensus that became the Paris Agreement. The book will bring together the viewpoints of pivotal delegates and facilitators to identify key explanatory factors and what could be improved, thereby informing future multilateral negotiation processes. The book will be published by the leading international publishing house Cambridge University Press.


The book will feature leading international diplomats to provide an inside look at the creation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Capacity-building: Multilateral Negotiations Workshop for the Mercator Foundation in Brussels
In May 2019, we delivered a training on multilateral negotiations to alumni of the Mercator Foundation in Brussels. Our approach focused on interactive exercises designed to improve the participants’ negotiation skills and convey strategies used in complex multilateral settings. Key elements of the training included: building trust and fostering a constructive relationship with the other negotiating party, identifying interests to find creative options to enlarge the “pie” of the negotiation and dealing with varying perceptions and evaluating alternative options outside of a potential deal. Further information can be found here.


“Excellent theory and reinforcement with role-plays, combination of concept, theory AND examples.” 
– Workshop participant

Leading Negotiation Database is Online now and will be Showcased at the Paris Peace Forum
Today, the Negotiation Database goes online, and we invite you to visit it. The Negotiation Database – an easy-to-access digital wiki containing best-practices of multilateral facilitation and illustrating examples – is accessible, with the first dimension complete, at our homepage. The database makes it possible to accurately identify risks, benefits and areas of improvement linked to all stages of the negotiation process. Expect future updates as we continue to develop this research tool. We are excited to report that this project has been selected from over 700 international submissions to be showcased as an innovative contribution to global governance at the Paris Peace Forum this November. We are currently looking for partners to support the further development of the database – please reach out to  henrik.jepsen@cemune.org if you are interested in funding or supporting us in other ways.


Read more about the Paris Peace Forum or our visit the Negotiation Database Project.

Research Tips
Our picks of new publications on multilateral negotiations that advance research and our understanding of the field:

For more detailed information on our recent and upcoming projects we invite you to visit our website cemune.org or connect with us via LinkedIn.

Dr Kai Monheim, Director 
Dr Magnus Lundgren, Deputy Director 
Centre for 
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Newsletter No. 1/2019