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24 – 28 September 2012, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe, UNITAR delivered a training course for Zimbabwean Government Officials providing them with an overview of the climate change negotiations and supporting their preparations for the upcoming negotiations.

Over a period of five days, more than 40 participants learnt about the history of negotiations and the process of decision making under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The training course was also aimed at making participants aware of the key issues on the negotiating table now and on the way to COP 18. In addition, participants learnt to appreciate the key negotiating priorities – of Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular – on the road to COP18.  Successful participation in the climate change negotiations not only requires knowledge of climate change science but also excellent negotiation skills and the ability to engage with an international forum. For this reason, a further objective of the training course was to develop the skills of the participants in these fields.

The training course was well received by all and participants expressed their gratitude for supporting them in their preparations for the upcoming climate change negotiations. In the feedback questionnaires participants described the training course as “highly successful”, “very insightful” and “vital to the preparedness and empowerment of African delegations”.