By Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss
'Felix Dodds is the Milo Minderbinder of the stakeholder world!' Alex Kirby, BBC 'An important device for an individual wishing to appreciate and give a contribution successfully to the contest of excellent rules that intergovernmental conferences may be' Paul Hohnen, former Strategic Director, Greenpeace foreign '...the booklet is a precious source for individuals prepared to appreciate the perform of overseas negotiation and for these getting ready to be influential negotiators.' Political reports evaluation businesses spend massive assets taking employees to foreign conferences, usually with no realizing how those conferences paintings. This booklet is a special advisor on tips on how to take part and be heard at intergovernmental conferences, even if as a stakeholder or a central authority professional. It incorporates a wealth of crucial reference fabric together with suggestions for navigating the intergovernmental scorching spots of latest York and Geneva, lists of UN commissions, meetings and everlasting missions, touch info of key overseas organisations, NGOs and stakeholder teams and worthy net addresses. in case you have by no means lobbied or simply are looking to have a greater realizing of ways the intergovernmental governance technique works, this booklet is the basic source to make your paintings a lot more uncomplicated.
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Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world! (Joel Arthur Barker, president of Infinity Limited) TOOLS TO PREPARE: SCENARIO-BUILDING SWOT ANALYSES AND Once your organization has decided what it wants to achieve, the challenge becomes figuring out a political strategy to accomplish it. Scenario-building Scenario-building and analysis can be a very useful tool that helps politically to: • • understand how a situation may evolve; and develop strategies to influence it.
Many delegations have one or two staff covering a number of UN commissions and are happy for extra help. You can be an enormous help to them in drafting text and giving advice. If you can identify understaffed delegations early enough, it could be very useful to bring into the meeting a stakeholder representative from that country. If this is the first time that you have approached an official, it is important that you try to do it well before a meeting. Send a letter, introducing yourself and your organization, in addition to information that is relevant to the meeting coming up, and say that you will be calling soon to have an informal chat.
Sometimes the information you get indicates possible ways forward. Occasionally it helps to clarify the best negotiating tactic. Think about all of the actors in a process – other NGOs, delegates, businesses, trade unions, international organizations and the secretariat. Even if you can’t speak directly with someone in a key position, you can piece together a lot about their position from an informed dialogue with your or their colleagues. Keep a list of the key governments and what their positions are as the meeting starts, and what and how these positions change as you go along.
How to Lobby at Intergovernmental Meetings by Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss