Empowering UNCCD Parties: CEMUNE Hosts Advanced Negotiation Training in Istanbul

Date: 15.2.2023

CEMUNE recently embarked on an exciting journey to Istanbul, Turkey, where we spent two incredible days with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) focal points of French and English-speaking African countries. The focus of this trip was to facilitate advanced multilateral negotiation training, which was designed to equip participants with the necessary tools to engage in successful negotiations as parties to the UNCCD.


At the heart of the training were several critical aspects of negotiation that participants were taken through. One such area was negotiation dynamics. Negotiations can be tricky, and there are various factors that come into play, such as power dynamics, cultural differences, and even personality traits. Participants were taught how to navigate these complex dynamics, which can make all the difference in successful negotiations.


Another critical area of the training was leveraging like-minded stakeholders for great success. Participants were shown how to identify potential allies and how to work with them to achieve their goals. This approach is a key strategy in multilateral negotiations, where parties come from different backgrounds and have different interests.


The success of this training would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the participants and trainers. CEMUNE would like to extend its congratulations and gratitude to all who made this trip a success. Special thanks go to the incredible trainers, Dr. Kai Monheim, Antonius von Borcke, and Héléna Cerovic, who poured their expertise and energy into making this training a success.


Overall, the training in Istanbul was a huge success, and CEMUNE is thrilled to have been a part of it. The skills learned by the participants will be invaluable in their work as parties to the UNCCD, and we look forward to hearing about their future successes. We remain committed to providing high-quality training and support to our partners, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.