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 software for a person wishing to appreciate and give a contribution successfully to the contest of excellent rules that intergovernmental conferences will be' Paul Hohnen, former Strategic Director, Greenpeace foreign '...the ebook is a beneficial source for individuals keen to appreciate the perform of foreign negotiation and for these getting ready to be influential negotiators.' Political reports evaluation organisations spend massive assets taking employees to overseas conferences, usually with out knowing how those conferences paintings. This publication is a special consultant on the way to take part and be heard at intergovernmental conferences, no matter if as a stakeholder or a central authority legit. It encompasses a wealth of crucial reference fabric together with assistance for navigating the intergovernmental scorching spots of latest York and Geneva, lists of UN commissions, meetings and everlasting missions, touch information of key overseas firms, NGOs and stakeholder teams and necessary net addresses. in case you have by no means lobbied or simply are looking to have a greater figuring out of the way the intergovernmental governance method works, this booklet is the fundamental source to make your paintings a lot more straightforward.

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3 SWOT – opportunities • • • • Where is the campaign’s support? What academic evidence is there in support of your campaign? What are the key media opportunities you could utilize to support your campaign? Who is seeing key government officials in the short term? 4 SWOT – threats • • • • What are the obstacles facing the campaign? What funds do you have to support the campaign? What are the views of other stakeholders? Which of the key country blocs oppose your campaign? clear what issues you want them to raise.

However, some governments were unhappy with the idea that they had to listen to stakeholder groups and saw this as an encroachment on governmental negotiating space. The eventual success of the dialogues was, in part, due to the successive CSD chairs, starting with the then Philippine minister of the environment, Cielito Habito. He challenged the stakeholder groups on their positions and led the sessions to become a very vibrant exchange between, and among, stakeholder groups and governments. This led to the birth of the first really dynamic model for stakeholder engagement in an ongoing UN process.

Step 3 Try to engage by focusing on who you can work with and within what limits. Being clear about the limits helps to avoid disappointment and frustration. 1 Groundwork for creating alliances In 1997, at the five-year review of the Earth Summit (Rio +5), Stakeholder Forum co-chaired a meeting of stakeholders with European environment and development ministers. The stakeholder team included Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the World Wildlife Fund, ANPED (the Northern Alliance for Sustainability), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Severn Trent Water plc.

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