May 2012, Pretoria, South Africa

UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) and UNDP RBA are working together to coordinate and implement capacity building initiatives to train African government officials, negotiators, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the skills and knowledge necessary to negotiate effectively on climate change related issues, including green finance, adaptation, international mitigation agreements, and technology transfer.  In May 2012, UNITAR’s MDP, UNDP RBA and the South African Department for International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), led a successful Training of Trainers activity in Pretoria, South Africa, to coach climate change experts in the use of means and methodologies to train others. The workshop aimed to enable selected participants to build the skills needed to effectively and efficiently pass on, manage and multiply learning, experience, best practice and expertise within the African continent.

The Training of Trainers activity was delivered to climate change experts from across Africa, and enhanced and strengthened training skills, facilitation techniques and confidence to present and speak about technical and political issues in the public sphere.  Such a training is vital to the development of African capacities and African ownership of expertise, capacities and independent preparations of national and international policies, laws and negotiation positions.

Training of Trainers activity on Climate ChangeThe training was led by UNITAR staff from the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme and was well received by all participants who considered the three day workshop as invaluable to their daily work as well as personal and professional development, skills and career. 

UNITAR and UNDP RBA will continue to support officials and negotiators from Africa and other UN Member States in the run-up to the UNFCCC COP 18 (The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and Rio+20 conferences.  For further questions regarding this training, please do not hesitate to contact UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme at: ccdiplomacy<at>