Achieving a robust and equitable climate treaty requires a negotiation process in which all parties have confidence and participate as equals. But fewer resources, smaller delegations and limited access to information frequently hinder a level playing field for developing countries at the climate change negotiating table. The Climate Change Knowledge Network’s capacity building for negotiators projects responded to the expressed needs of developing country negotiators involved in the climate change negotiations. Many developing country negotiators are experts in meteorology, environmental science and policy-making. Without a great deal of back-up or formal training in negotiation theory and practice, they must learn negotiating skills as they go along.
The CCKN sought to build capacity of developing country negotiators to provide them with the tools and skills to participate effectively alongside larger negotiating teams and contribute to an equitable negotiating process. The CCKN implemented the following capacity building projects for negotiators:
"On Behalf My Delegation,..." A Survival Guide for Developing Country Climate Negotiators
This "Survival Guide" was published in 2000 to assist the South in general, and Southern negotiators in particular, in dealing with the climate change negotiations. It was intended to help developing country negotiators navigate their way through the negotiating rules, the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. It contains negotiating tips and tricks for delegates who are often negotiating on their own against large, powerful delegations.
The survival guide is available in English, Français and Español as a PDF file:
It is also available in English as an online module.
CCKN members involved: CSDA, IISD, IVM, ENDA
Climate Change Capacity Project-Africa
This project sought to enhance the negotiating skills of African delegates in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to help them participate more effectively in the international negotiations on climate change. The key element of this project was an intensive workshop on negotiating skills which was held in Dakar, Senegal from July 17-22, 2000. More information
CCKN members involved: IISD, ENDA-Energie
Negotiation Skills Conference - Latin America and the Caribbean
This project sought to enhance the negotiating skills of Latin American and Caribbean delegates in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to help them participate more effectively in the international negotiations on climate change. An intensive workshop on negotiating skills was held in Miami, Florida from July 24-27, 2000.
CCKN members involved: CSDA, IVM