Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

Negotiation Training for the Preparation of COP 21 UNFCCC

Jakarta, 1 October 2015. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry hosted a 3-days Negotiation Training for the Preparation of COP 21 UNFCCC (United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change), 29 September - 1 October 2015, with the support of GIZ FORCLIME (Forests and Climate Change Programme) and GIZ PAKLIM. The training targets at enhancing negotiation skills of personnels of newly established Directorate General Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and members of Indonesian delegation for COP 21. Up to 30 participants attended the meeting, from the different directorates under DG of Climate Change and President’s climate change special envoy office. The training was opened by Director of Sectoral and Regional Resource Mobilisation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and Programme Director of FORCLIME on behalf of GIZ organisers. The trainer, Linda Siegele, has had extensive experience on UNFCCC negotiation training in the region. The training consisted of general information session; practical simulations of the negotiation process focusing on central ADP (Ad-Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform) issues (mitigation, MRV, adaptation, loss & damage, transparency of supports, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building); and drafting session. The training also covered rules of procedure (including interventions, voting, becoming a Party, etc), explanation of commonly used legal terms in drafting text (including slippery negotiating words), hierarchy of documents, and meeting processes. The training also covered several parts of IPCC processes whose reports often serve as a basis for UNFCCC negotiations.   The training received many positive feedbacks from the participants. Many participants participated for coaching session held on 2 October 2015. Among the expectations of participants, is that the Indonesian delegation members could gain the necessary negotiation skills to have more confidence in making interventions, and to be able to understand where the trade-offs are in preparing position paper.