The MENA Academy on Climate Diplomacy is a 7-day training academy co organized by MEDRC and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa (KAS- REMENA).

The event is due to be inaugurated by the Senior Director for Policy and Program Coordination at UNFCC, Mr. Martin Frick, and will be attended by international experts including, Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Center Director, MEDRC and Susanne Melde, Senior Analyst at the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre at the International Organization for Migration in Berlin.

The academy aims to demonstrate the importance of climate diplomacy in dealing with the most challenging regional and international environmental, economic and social issues. It will draw from interdisciplinary skill-sets and tools and apply them in the context of climate negotiations to develop diplomatic capacities under four main themes;

  • Evolution of climate diplomacy
  • Transboundary cooperation under political strain
  • Political economy of climate negations
  • Climate and water diplomacy
Training sessions will include group work, discussions and exercises, presentations, field trips and lectures from renowned experts including;
Jauad El Kharraz, MEDRC
Daniela Diegelmann, KAS-REMENA
Natacha Carmi, Geneva Water Hub
Malgorzata Smieszek, Finnish Environment Institute
Mr. Thomas Birringer, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Susanne Melde, International Organization for Migration, Berlin,
Benjamin Pohl and Pia van Ackern, Adelphi
Khalid Riffi Temsamani, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco
Christian Bilfinger, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Jasper Eitze, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Almas Taj Awan, Universidada Federal de Sao Carolos, Brazil
Rachel Sorenson, Climate Reality Leadership Corps & Global Shaper, Berlin Hub (World Economic Forum)

Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Center Director of MEDRC said “Supporting transboundary environmental cooperation is a core part of MEDRC’s mission. The climate crisis demands a multilateral focus and new diplomatic tools capable of adapting to shifting political and environmental landscapes. The academy is a valuable opportunity for these most dedicated of participants to learn from best practice, how to support and promote dialogue to ensure continued international cooperation on climate issues”.

Open to young researchers, policy makers and civil society activists from the MENA region and Turkey, more than 500 people applied to attend.  25 candidates have been selected to take part with organizers covering all related participatory costs including flights, accommodation and meals.

The academy will take place in Berlin, Germany on October 28 – November 3, 2019.

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