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Environmental Diplomacy: effective climate negotiations through digital diplomacy and facilitation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Katharine Rietig



The international attention on the UK Presidency of COP26 brings high pressure on the UK government to perform well in managing and facilitating the digital/online and in-person negotiations throughout 2020/21. There is a high reputational risk for the UK in poorly managing the negotiations similar to the 2009 COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen, which are widely regarded as a failure due to poor negotiation facilitation and management by the Danish Presidency. Succeeding in effectively facilitating the COP26 negotiations and increasing countries' climate policy ambition in line with the Paris Agreement will benefit the UK directly through improving the reputation of the UK as leading diplomatic power following negative international perceptions throughout the Brexit negotiations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rietig K, Peringer C

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: House of Commons

Year: 2020

Acceptance date: 04/09/2020

Institution: UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

Notes: Written evidence submitted to the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee