How to Lobby at Intergovernmental Meetings by Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss

By Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss

'Felix Dodds is the Milo Minderbinder of the stakeholder world!' Alex Kirby, BBC 'An valuable device for an individual wishing to appreciate and give a contribution successfully to the contest of excellent principles that intergovernmental conferences will be' Paul Hohnen, former Strategic Director, Greenpeace foreign '...the booklet is a helpful source for individuals keen to appreciate the perform of overseas negotiation and for these getting ready to be influential negotiators.' Political reports evaluate firms spend huge assets taking employees to foreign conferences, usually with no knowing how those conferences paintings. This booklet is a distinct consultant on easy methods to take part and be heard at intergovernmental conferences, even if as a stakeholder or a central authority reputable. It incorporates a wealth of crucial reference fabric together with advice for navigating the intergovernmental scorching spots of latest York and Geneva, lists of UN commissions, meetings and everlasting missions, touch info of key overseas corporations, NGOs and stakeholder teams and invaluable net addresses. when you have by no means lobbied or simply are looking to have a greater realizing of the way the intergovernmental governance strategy works, this booklet is the basic source to make your paintings a lot more uncomplicated.

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This means that the other countries’ officials are not utilized properly. The coordination meetings of the EU take the key European negotiators out of the corridors (a situation that will get worse after enlargement). This would leave the corridors free much of the time, and it was clear that the US would be populating this space with a formidable team, both in quality and quantity. It was therefore critical for some stakeholders to retain a good relationship with the US team of negotiators. 1 As 2001 rolled out, it became clear that there would not be a strong economy; therefore, the possibility of a New Deal started to diminish.

SO WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO MY ORGANIZATION? 1 2 3 4 5 7 Lobbying: many people assume that everyone going to a UN event is interested in lobbying their government or other governments. This isn’t true; in fact, a relatively small number of stakeholder groups actually lobby. On the other hand, stakeholders could have much greater impact if more participants engaged in, at least, some amount of lobbying during a given event. Learning: learning how the international process works can be a first step to understanding how to use it effectively.

If it is a summit or conference, then all UN member states are entitled to participate. If it is a convention, then those who have ratified are entitled. For a UN commission, it will be either the number of countries identified in the UN General Assembly resolution setting up the commission or as outlined in a subsequent UN General Assembly resolution. At present, it ranges between 40 and 54 countries who are elected through their regional blocs. For many meetings, the negotiators will be from the foreign ministries – usually representatives at the countries’ Permanent Mission to the UN – supported by delegations from relevant ministries from the capitals.

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