Training Workshop "Capacity Building for SIDS Climate Change Negotiators"




07 Apr - 11 Apr 2014

Duration of event:

5 days


Singapore, Singapore

Programme area:

Environment, Climate Change, Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy



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Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply

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Under the “Capacity Building for SIDS Climate Change Negotiators” project, funded by the Government of Australia and implemented by UNDP Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), UNITAR is currently running a four- week e-Learning course for SIDS nationals on “Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC”. The goal of this course is to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change science through an enhanced understanding of its nature, the international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to the UNFCCC process.

In order to consolidate the knowledge participants have acquired during the course, UNITAR will conduct a series of face-to-face training sessions where SIDS negotiators can apply the lessons learned. These sessions will consist of targeted exercises where participants will need to apply their negotiation skills in the UNFCCC context, discuss the challenges and solutions with respect to climate change and relate key SIDS development issues with the UNFCCC. This training activity will be framed under the “Negotiating Skills and Climate Change Workshop” that will take place in Singapore 7-11 April 2014.

Event Objectives

The principle objective of this project is to strengthen the negotiating skills of the SIDS climate change negotiators and their understanding of the technical content of the UNFCCC negotiations and work programmes.

The sessions conducted by UNITAR aim to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement by practicing negotiations skills in a UNFCCC and post-2015 context, through an enhanced understanding of its nature, the international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to the UNFCCC process.

Delivered over five days, these training sessions will provide negotiators with a strengthened technical understanding of how multilateral negotiations work and how to prepare for them, as well as practical opportunities to work on techniques to understand the impact that negotiators have on others and find ways to tailor their actions and strategies to reach specific outcomes. During the practical exercises negotiators will have opportunities to test out their learning in a simulated and safe environment, and receive feedback and focused coaching to strengthen their negotiating impact.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should have:

• Recognize and appreciate the international climate change policy framework;
• Identify the Parties and groups of Parties to the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, including their respective commitments and negotiation positions;
• Track and explain the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations, and account for what happened at recent negotiation sessions / conferences;
• Appraise and discuss the key negotiation issues that remain unresolved and will be pivotal to SIDS countries positions and preparations on the road to COP20.


Content and Structure

The proposed training aims to develop the capacities of SIDS negotiators through five training sessions. The training programme will be designed to: (1) enhance multilateral negotiation and conference diplomacy skills in the context of the UNFCCC, and (2) provide a comprehensive understanding of diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change in preparation for the COP20 and its preceding sessions.

The structure of the workshop is the following one:

Day 1: Strategic overview

Day 2: Negotiating challenges for SIDS

Day 3: Managing impact of climate change on economies and natural resources

Day 4: Actualising the UNFCCC

Day 5: Prospects for SIDS in addressing climate change


UNITAR’s training programmes are designed to be highly interactive and participatory, and will include a variety of simulation exercises and pedagogical tools to enable the participants to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the negotiation process dynamics and substantive issues at work, in addition to the transfer of skills and techniques to enable them to function effectively and efficiently.

The training will be built on four pedagogical pillars: concept learning (lectures, presentations), role-playing (exercises, simulations), experience sharing (panels, working group discussions) and exposure to real world problems and policy choices confronted by SIDS negotiators (case illustrations, video performance analysis, and Internet broadcasts of actual multilateral conferences taking place in a UNFCCC context).

Targeted Audience

The training course is designed for Small Island Developing State negotiators. United Nations Development Programme Barbados & the OECS will be responsible for selecting approximately 25 qualified participants, taking into account the relevance of the training subject matter to the duties of the beneficiaries.