E-learning course on climate change diplomacy: Negotiating effectively under UNFCCC

Training Course
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
25 Feb - 21 Apr 2013
16 Sep - 10 Nov 2013

This online course will develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework, and will also consider the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course will take a close look at the negotiations to-date and will consider the hot topics for negotiators as we move towards establishing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015. The course 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.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe climate change science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change;

  • Track and explain the international climate change policy framework, including the climate change negotiations to date under the UNFCCC;

  • Define both climate change mitigation and adaptation;

  • Analyze international considerations for climate change decision-making;

  • Appraise the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations,and how to build and move forward from COP20.

    • Climate change science, causes and impacts

    • Introduction to climate change diplomacy

    • Implementation, compliance and enforcement of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol

    • Mitigating climate change

    • Adapting to climate change

    • International considerations for climate change decision making

    • Other important considerations for international climate change negotiations

    • Towards a 2015 agreement

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Event fee

USD 800

Target audience

The course targets mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental and 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.

How to register

Please send your application and CV to the event coordinator. Registration will be closed as soon as the course is full. Your place will be secured once your payment is confirmed.


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