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Summer 2 2013 - 94480 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Preparing Professionals for Climate Negotiations & Sustainble Growth Policies

Instructor(s): Eaton, David J.
Unique Number: 94480
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Room: University of Hiroshima, Japan
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course will take place at the IDEC University of Hiroshima International Center during August. 

This course seeks to prepare professionals for climate change and sustainable development negotiations associated with adoption of climate-related policies and technologies.

Thirty-two hours of course content address climate and development issues that affect any low carbon society, including climate science, applied climate science, climate engineering, economics, law and policy associated with climate change, the impact of climate mitigation and the potential for enhanced economic development through climate policies and technologies. These morning lectures seek to equip participants with an understanding of climate change processes as well as the prospects for prevention, mitigation, or adaptation to climate change consequences.

Forty content hours focus on mediation, negotiation skills and multi-party negotiation to enable participants to communicate, negotiate, and mediate with people from different cultures. After the training, participants will be able to apply these skills to multi-party negotiations through a productive process leading towards more informed outcomes. The training includes both instructional and experiential learning tools, with an emphasis on role-plays as part of the training. This part of the class will begin with a review of the negotiations over climate change agreements, from prior to the Kyoto Protocol and up to the present. Some of the other instruction topics include: communications and the historical experience of previous climate change negotiations; learning in a multi-cultural world; negotiation tools; mediation principles; and multi-party consensus building.  The awareness of cultural differences in communication and approaches to conflict resolution will be an underlying theme throughout the program.

The third part of the class (24 content hours) will be a set of “mock” negotiation sessions to develop a draft “global agreement” that encourages each country to prevent the release of GHGs, prevent destruction of forests and grasslands, as well as mitigate damages and adapt to global climate change. Course participants will be divided into 20 ‘teams,’ each representing a nation in the world that has a principled point of view towards climate negotiations, from the most developed and rich countries of the world to nations that are the most vulnerable and poor.  The goal of this negotiation process is for the participants to develop a draft climate treaty based on the substance and the skills they develop during the first two weeks of the course.

The faculty have selected 20 nations to serve as the ‘parties’ for the mock negotiations and will allocate the approximately 40 program participants to the 20 nations, 2 persons to a country. No participant will represent her or his real nation. No ‘team’ of two persons will hail from the same nation. By design, participants will have an experience of representing a nation other than their own. Each person will work with persons from another culture in developing positions and seeking consensus. Each participant will be asked to interact with her or his counterparts during the month of June through July 2013 to understand the actual position of the nation they will represent towards post-Kyoto climate negotiations.

Please see the attached syllabus for further information.