UNITAR CVF Climate Change Diplomacy Training

The UNITAR CVF Climate Diplomacy Training will take place over five days from 4 to 8 July 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and facilitated by two internationally recognised climate negotiators with the support of UNITAR MDP.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this Online Programme, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the main elements of the Global Goal on Adaptation, Loss and Damage and Financing;
  • Track and explain foundations and current developments of Climate Diplomacy;
  • Appraise the key issues from COP26 Glasgow, and how they relate to COP27 Sharm-el-Sheikh, including key messages of IPCC AR6 and geopolitics (COVID-19. UNSG, War in Ukraine);
  • Identify the key negotiation tracks in COP27;
  • Claim and create value in international climate negotiations.
Expert Trainers

Ms. Ana Maria Kleymeyer is an international law and policy advisor to governments and global institutions on environmental protection and sustainable development. She specializes in climate change, ozone layer protection, and transboundary water resources management. In addition, she designs and delivers capacity building programs and technical assistance geared to strengthen countries’ abilities to address these topics increasingly on their own.

Ms. Kleymeyer provides advice to governments in the climate and ozone treaty negotiations to support countries’ active, informed, and strategic engagement on past, current, and new topics. She supports implementation of the global treaties and national policy development through policy assessment and design, project identification and development, and resource mobilization. She provides similar support to regional river basin organizations, addressing an array of water-related priorities, including climate change, at a regional level.

Over her career, she has worked on environmental compliance and water resources management for the World Bank; and she was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Environment in the Argentine Ministry of Sustainable Development, where she created and headed the Office of International Affairs as well as led the Argentine delegation in negotiations under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. Later, she served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change to a global think tank focusing on trade and sustainable development, after which she created her own independent consulting platform and began focusing on advisory services, capacity building, and training. Her current clients include the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment, the United Nations Climate Change Learning platform (UN-CCLearn), the United Nations Institute for Research and Training, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s International Water Convention office.

Ms. Kleymeyer holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, a Masters in sustainable development from the International Institute for Development Studies (IUED, Geneva), and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.

Ms. Laura Juliana Arciniegas Rojas is an independent consultant on environmental issues, with extensive experience in multilateral and regional negotiations related to climate change, biodiversity, ozone, waste and chemical substances, deforestation, as well as in cooperation for sustainable development and the implementation of environmental agreements.

As advisor at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, she coordinated and represented the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) for science and adaptation matters at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In addition, she led the Colombian delegation in the negotiations of the Kigali Amendment under the Montreal Protocol for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Ms. Arciniegas oversaw a multistakeholder campaign to raise awareness for the protection of water resources and led the ratification processes of different treaties in Colombia.

As Coordinator for Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, she led the formulation of national environmental foreign policy. As Lead Negotiator for Colombia during the last five years, she has focused on advancing the Paris Agreement Rulebook, the Global Biodiversity Framework post-2020 and the Leticia Pact for the Amazon region.

Ms. Arciniegas is professional in International Relations (IR) from Universidad Externado de Colombia and The International University in Geneva. She holds an advanced degree in Environmental Law from the same university in Colombia.

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