8 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland -  UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme is introducingPhoto by Leila Mead/ IISD a new online course, “Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively Under UNFCCC,” in collaboration with Ricardo-AEA and the CDKN Advocacy Fund. Climate change negotiators from the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries are eligible to apply for a fee-waiver, with thanks to the CDKN Advocacy Fund. Those interested should send their CV, letter of motivation, copy of passport as well as a signed and stamped application form which can be obtained by emailing ccdiplomacy@unitar.org.

This new and exciting course will begin on the 25 February 2013 for a duration of eight weeks. It will challenge interested participants and enable them to better understand the climate change policy framework; one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. It will build an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework. It will also include relevant challenges climate change negotiators currently face and move towards establishing a new global agreement by 2015.

Participants will take a close look at gender in the negotiations and also the specific interests of parties who are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change. This course will facilitate the development of a solid understanding of international climate change policy framework, including the climate change negotiations to date under the UNFCCC, as well as develop an appreciation for international considerations for climate change decision-making. Climate change mitigation and adaption will be defined, the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations will be appraised, and understanding what is on the negotiating table as well as how to build and move forward from the outcomes of COP18 will be discussed.
To learn more, please see Climate Change Diplomacy: "Negotiating Effectively Under UNFCCC".

This course is aimed at government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental / nongovernmental organizations. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.

To register or to receive more information please visit: http://www.unitar.org/event.

You may find some useful information on “how to register” on: http://www.unitar.org/event/about-unitar-events#register.

Image - taken by Leila Mead/ IISD