July 2017

We are grateful that we could support two of the most important global negotiation processes of 2017 in the past months with our advisory services: the UNFCCC and WTO negotiations to tackle climate change and to advance worldwide trade cooperation.

COP23 Workshop with government of Fiji

On May 19-20 2017 in Bonn, we hosted a negotiation management workshop with the Government of Fiji in Bonn to support the incoming Presidency of the UN climate negotiations. Negotiation experts and officials from previous COP Presidencies, including Morocco, France, Mexico, Denmark, and the UNFCCC Secretariat shared their knowledge about the process. Participants specified negotiation management approaches in six open sessions, e.g. on how to ensure a transparent and inclusive process. The workshop received praise from the Government of Fiji and the expert participants. We thank our workshop partners for funding the event: the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with Director-General, Dr Karsten Sach. Read more here.

Workshop provider Kai Monheim, Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Workshop sponsor Karsten Sach (left to right), nearby the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany

WTO workshop with government of Argentina

The support for the Government of Argentina as host of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference culminated in a negotiation management workshop in Geneva, May 31st to June 1st in the premises of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Senior WTO officials and outstanding facilitators from prior trade and climate negotiations shared best practices on how to prepare and run major processes. The open and constructive exchange produced myriad options to contribute to a successful ministerial conference. Participants widely lauded the productive outcome owed to the unique approach and composition of the workshop. We are grateful to the funding partners of the workshop, the Dutch Foreign Ministry, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Economic Forum. Read more here.

Latest negotiation resources for you

We are constantly monitoring new and relevant research related to multilateral negotiations. This time, we would like to draw your attention to:

  • “The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Behind Closed Doors” by Radoslav Dimitrov. Read it here.
  • “Breaking the mold: a new type of multilateral sustainable development negotiation” by Pamela Chasek and Lynn Wagner. Read it here.
  • “Lessons from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Inclusiveness across Geographies and Stakeholders” by Yulia Yameneva. Read it here.

Best regards,
on behalf of the entire Centre,

Dr Kai Monheim
Director of The Centre for Multilateral Negotiation