Multilateralism is the term used to describe multiple countries working in concert on a given issue and can be equated to the process of 'global governance'. Multilateralism is therefore instrumental in the development of international law.
International Conventions and Agreements are the foundation of international rules-based governance and provide direction for national action on numerous issues including climate change, biodiversity and human rights. However, international law is not static, and multilateralism is an on-going process whereby rules regulating a specific issue are determined, fine tuned and complemented by technical decisions and financial (or other) mechanisms.
A good example of this is the climate change regime. Since its inception in 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been the official international forum where governments, representatives from civil society, science and academia, the private sector, as well as indigenous peoples, have come together to work to achieve this common goal of avoiding dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change.
We actively engage in a number of international fora, with the goal of supporting multilateralism and the on-going development of international law in a way that not only succeeds in tackling the global environmental challenges of our time, but also to ensure that the outcomes of these processes are equitable and sustainable. We aim to achieve this through our multi-disciplinary approach and by identifying the thematic overlaps between international policy and legal issues, for instance, facilitating greater understanding at the international level of the importance of an approach to climate action that considers and integrates governance, rights and biodiversity in the design and implementation of climate policies and measures.
Analysis and developmentOur analytical and development work in the area of Climate Change includes:
• In-depth thematic briefings to advance solutions and inform discussions at the UNFCCC and country level;
• Analytical briefings unpacking UNFCCC developments and explaining the outcomes;
• Analytical briefings of Party countries' positions and views on specific negotiation topics;
• Analytical support in the development of advocacy briefing papers for our civil society partners, including the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group;
• Development of tools to structure and guide the development and implementation of integrated strategies for addressing multiple policy objectives, including climate change.
For more details see our Knowledge Produtcs page
In-country workOur in-country work on Climate Change includes:
• Support the identification, evaluation and strengthening of governance dimensions relevant to achievement of climate change goals (gap analysis of legal, institutional and compliance frameworks and providing recommendations for addressing gaps/weaknesses);
• Directly informing and assisting governments in the development and implementation of policies, strategies and action plans to implement UNFCCC decisions.
For more details see our Projects.
Capacity building and trainingOur capacity building and training work includes:
• Preparation of materials to build capacities, inform and update on the status of selected policy topics in the UNFCCC negotiations;
• Tailored training and capacity building on these matters for all relevant stakeholders, including face-to-face and distant learning tools.
For more details see our Projects.