Climate Change presents one of the biggest threats to sustainable development globally. Its widespread unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and the most vulnerable majority – a significant number of whom live in Africa.

The most prominent global policy response to climate change is currently covered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There is a clear evidence that Africa is constrained by its limited capacity to effectively participate in the international climate change policy discourse to foster climate actions at regional and national levels. Climate Change diplomacy and negotiations are often technical and complex. It is difficult for new negotiators to fully grasp the nuances of the proceedings even over a period of many years.

The African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) has designed this training Program on climate governance, diplomacy and negotiations leadership with a view to address this important continental challenge. This is a call for applications to eligible applicants.


The overall objective of the Program is to build and strengthen African climate leaders and to improve their knowledge and negotiation skills to enable them to engage effectively in international climate change policy discourse as well as contribute to the successful implementation of climate actions at regional and national levels.


  1. Policy and decision makers using climate science and responsible for developing and implementing national and sub national climate policies, programs and projects;
  2. Climate scientists and professionals working in think tanks and academia;
  3. Climate change negotiators and international diplomats; representatives of non-state actors such as international and intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector working in the field of climate change and environment;
  4. Jurists involved in climate change and environmental governance.


The training is organized into ten modules including:

  1. Module 1 – Climate Physical Science
  2. Module 2 – Climate Leadership, Communication, Diplomacy, and Negotiations
  3. Module 3 – Climate Change Governance
  4. Module 4 – Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
  5. Module 5 – Climate Justice and Litigation
  6. Module 6 – Long-term Low Emission Climate Resilient Development; Decision Support Tools
  7. Module 7 – Climate Finance
  8. Module 8 – Technology Development and Transfer; Gender and Climate Change
  9. Module 9 – Climate Security
  10. Module 10 – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL), and Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV)


The fees for the training is 300 USD.


Call for applications for Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Negotiations Leadership Program – Cohort XIV.

  Application Deadline

                    15th January 2024


-39Days -20Hours -19Minutes -9Seconds


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AGNES Executive Certificate in Climate Governance, Diplomacy, and Negotiations

Further to the above call, AGNES is excited to launch its Executive Certificate on Climate Leadership, Diplomacy, and Negotiations, a program dedicated to award practice and action in climate leadership, diplomacy, and negotiations. This certificate, an extension of our online course, includes diverse activities for skill and knowledge growth in climate topics as shown below:

1.     Research Project on Climate Policy Analysis

Conduct an in-depth research project analysing current climate policies, their effectiveness, and potential improvements. This project involves literature review, data analysis, and policy recommendations.

2.    Participation in a Climate Negotiation Simulation

Engage in a climate negotiation simulation exercise, participating as a delegate representing a specific country or organization. This activity involves preparation, negotiation, and debriefing.

3.    Attendance at Climate Leadership Workshops/Seminars

Attend workshops or seminars focused on climate leadership, diplomacy, or negotiations. Credits can be earned based on the number of workshops/seminars attended.

4.    Development of Climate Change Action Plan

Create a comprehensive climate change action plan for a specific region, organization, or community. This plan should include mitigation and adaptation strategies, stakeholder engagement, and implementation frameworks.

5.    Internship/Practicum with Climate Policy Organization

Complete an internship or practicum with a reputable climate policy organization, contributing actively to ongoing projects, research, or policy development initiatives.

6.    Publication of Climate-related Article/Paper

Write and publish an article or paper on a climate-related topic in a recognized journal, magazine, or online platform.

7.    Presentation at Climate Conference or Symposium

Deliver a presentation or participate as a panellist at a climate conference or symposium, sharing insights on climate leadership, diplomacy, or negotiations.

Interested participants from Cohort XIV will be required to send an expression of interest detailing the activity they plan to engage on towards the end of the online course. More details on the duration of the activity and awarding of the executive certificate will be provided after the assessment of the expression of interest. 

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