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 precious device for somebody wishing to appreciate and give a contribution successfully to the contest of excellent rules that intergovernmental conferences could be' Paul Hohnen, former Strategic Director, Greenpeace overseas '...the booklet is a worthy source for individuals keen to appreciate the perform of foreign negotiation and for these getting ready to be influential negotiators.' Political experiences assessment enterprises spend enormous assets taking employees to overseas conferences, usually with out figuring out how those conferences paintings. This ebook is a distinct consultant on the way to take part and be heard at intergovernmental conferences, no matter if as a stakeholder or a central authority professional. It features a wealth of crucial reference fabric together with information for navigating the intergovernmental sizzling spots of latest York and Geneva, lists of UN commissions, meetings and everlasting missions, touch info of key foreign businesses, NGOs and stakeholder teams and precious internet addresses. when 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 publication is the fundamental source to make your paintings a lot more straightforward.

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These can be powerful, both for lobbying and afterwards, during the most important phase: implementation. Step 1 Develop a clear idea of your own objectives: • • What do you want? Why? SO WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO MY ORGANIZATION? • • 9 What is your minimum negotiating position: what is absolutely essential and why? Why haven’t you secured the objective to date (for example, because of government policy, personalities, resource issues, other factors or a mixture of the above)? Knowing your own interests well is essential in negotiating effectively with others.

In 1999 the dialogues addressed tourism. In order to ensure a better focus, the CSD NGO Steering Committee, an international coalitionof NGOs, suggested that the stakeholder-generated papers should not exceed four pages and should adopt the following structure: • • • • problems; solutions; institutional responsibilities; and possible partnerships. The active involvement during the preparatory process of the 1999 CSD Chair Simon Upton, then New Zealand minister for the environment, played a critical role in another successful dialogue.

Remember that government negotiators are talking about stakeholders in just the same way as stakeholders talk about which government negotiators can be worked with or not! Dealing with the media At least two weeks before you leave for a UN meeting you should prepare a background briefing for the press on what is likely to happen. This may persuade them to attend the meeting or to write a preliminary story. At the very least, it will enable them to understand what the meeting is all about. You should also hold a debriefing the week you get back on the outcomes and possible implementation implications for your country.

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