UNITAR E-learning Course Strengthens the Skills of Government Officers and Diplomats Involved in International Climate Change Negotiations

16 October 2012. Given its demand on interdisciplinary knowledge, languages and personal capacities in a context of competing interests and political tensions, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. In order to strengthen the skills of government officers and diplomats working in this field, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is delivering an e-learning course on Negotiating Climate Change Adaptation and Loss and Damage: From Cancun and Beyond, from 15 October to 16 November 2012.

This online course aims to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change impacts and adaptation measures through an enhanced understanding of its science, the international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. It comprises the following one-week modules:

  1. Climate change: impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
  2. Adaptation in the Convention process
  3. Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts
  4. Adaptation action and cooperation in practice 
  5. Adaptation and loss and damage agenda in Doha (COP18)

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

  • comprehend climate change science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change;
  • track and explain the international adaptation and loss and damage policy framework, in particular the negotiations under the UNFCCC;
  • define and understand adaptation, loss and damage from climate change impacts and its links to mitigation;
  • appreciate 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 the Cancun Adaptation Framework and the outcomes of  COP17.

The course is being conducted in English over a period of five weeks and is delivered via UNITAR’s e-Learning platform. This pedagogical tool helps 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 has been prepared by Germanwatch in the context of the "Loss and Damage Vulnerable Countries Initiative". This Initiative is supplied by a consortium of organizations including Germanwatch, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, United Nations University – Institute for Human and Environment Security (UNU-EHS), the International Centre for Climate Change and Development. It is also supported by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN).

For further information please contact mdp-elearning@unitar.org or visit: http://www.unitar.org/event/negotiating-climate-change-adaptation-and-loss-and-damage-cancun-and-beyond.