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Negotiating Climate Change Finance

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Web Based
14 Oct 2013 to 10 Nov 2013
Duration of event:
4 Weeks
Programme Area:
Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy
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An e-Learning course on Negotiating Climate Change Finance has been developed by the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in cooperation with Germanwatch. This course aims to provide the skills and knowledge needed for participation in multilateral negotiations, in particular in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to enable those working in relation to climate finance, with respect to diplomatic engagement, public and/ or private sector activities, to work efficiently towards finding agreement on pertinent policy making challenges. The course shall enable participants to enhance their understanding of the key objectives and instruments of international climate finance, the multilateral policy framework and key negotiation issues.

This online course aims to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to financing climate change through multilateral negotiation and collaboration. The course will enhance participants’ understanding of the key objectives and instruments of international climate finance, the multilateral policy framework and key negotiation issues crucial to reaching an agreement.
By the end of this course participants are expected to be able to:
- Understand the key objectives and structure of the negotiations on climate change under the UNFCCC;
-Appreciate the pertinent role of finance to policy making for mitigating and adapting to climate change;
- Consider and critically assess the instruments of international climate change finance;
- Acknowledge and analyse the key challenges on the road to Varsaw and beyond, with respect to climate change finance;
- Develop skills and knowledge necessary to overcome negotiation deadlocks with respect to these challenges in multilateral fora.


The course content is to be confirmed but will tentatively include the following one-week modules:
Module 1: Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Module 2: Climate Finance in the Convention Process
Module 3: International Climate Finance in Practice
Module 4: Climate Finance Agenda

Estimated learning time: 40 hours

The course will be conducted in English over a period of four weeks, each week consisting of a module focusing on a different topic. The course will be delivered via UNITAR’s e-Learning platform. This pedagogical tool will help the student meet the course’s learning objectives through a self-paced study routine supported by multimedia, optional and required readings, discussion forums, assessment quizzes, and a wealth of other information.


The course is designed for mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences 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.

The course fee is 600 USD. You will receive an invoice by email after registration.

Participants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are eligible to apply for a fellowship. Please click here for more details. Registration will be closed as soon as the course is full and your place will be secured once your payment is confirmed.

General Requirements

  • Have a good command of the English language
  • Be computer literate

Technical Requirements

UNITAR recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses. Please consult your Network Administrator or Systems person to ensure that you have the following:

  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (click here to download for free)
    • Adobe Flash Player (click here to download for free)
    • Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac) or Open Office (click here to download for free)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher (click here to download for free); it works better with Firefox 3.6 or higher (click here to download for free)
  • Note that JavaScript, Cookies and Pop-ups must be enabled


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