ROAD TO COP26: Climate Change Negotiation Training for IGAD Member States
Annually, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holds international negotiations on climate change where decisions that inform international climate policy frameworks and strategies are made. In order to increase African voice on the global response to climate change, the African Union Assembly through decision Assembly/AU/Dec. 236(XII) decided that African shall have a Common Position on Climate Change and negotiate as a block. This calls for building capacity of the experts, on negotiations skills for maximum impact, from the region on how to identify and frame the key issues and how to package them to feed into the African Common Position.
In the context of the upcoming twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC to be held in November 2021 in Glasgow, UK, IGAD is desirous of consolidating its climate change negotiations approach and position, and enhance its negotiations capacity across the different levels of the climate change negotiation workstreams so as to ensure that critical issues relevant to the sub-region are addressed within the commonly accepted principle of differentiated responsibilities.
Thus, a series of training events has been organised by the RICCAMA project to improve skills and knowledge of participants from IGAD Member States on the international climate change decision-making process, so that they can engage effectively once they attend COP26.
The objective of the training workshop is to build participants' capacity for climate change negotiations process within the UNFCCC framework, in terms of leadership, climate diplomacy, international negotiation techniques to fight against global warming and global inequalities.