Climate Change presents one of the biggest threats to sustainable development globally. Its widespread unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and the most vulnerable majority – a significant number of whom live in Africa.

The most prominent global policy response to climate change is currently covered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There is a clear evidence that Africa is constrained by its limited capacity to effectively participate in the international climate change policy discourse to foster climate actions at regional and national levels. Climate Change diplomacy and negotiations are often technical and complex. It is difficult for new negotiators to fully grasp the nuances of the proceedings even over a period of many years.

The African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) has designed this training Program on climate governance, diplomacy and negotiations leadership with a view to address this important continental challenge. This is a call for applications to eligible applicants.


The overall objective of the Program is to build and strengthen African climate leaders and to improve their knowledge and negotiation skills to enable them to engage effectively in international climate change policy discourse as well as contribute to the successful implementation of climate actions at regional and national levels.


  1. Policy and decision makers using climate science and responsible for developing and implementing national and sub national climate policies, programs and projects;
  2. Climate scientists and professionals working in think tanks and academia;
  3. Climate change negotiators and international diplomats; representatives of non-state actors such as international and intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector working in the field of climate change and environment;
  4. Jurists involved in climate change and environmental governance.


The training is organized into ten modules including:

  1. Module 1 – Climate Physical Science
  2. Module 2 – Climate Leadership, Communication, Diplomacy, and Negotiations
  3. Module 3 – Climate Change Governance
  4. Module 4 – Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
  5. Module 5 – Climate Justice and Litigation
  6. Module 6 – Long-term Low Emission Climate Resilient Development; Decision Support Tools
  7. Module 7 – Climate Finance
  8. Module 8 – Technology Development and Transfer; Gender and Climate Change
  9. Module 9 – Climate Security
  10. Module 10 – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL), and Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV)


The fees for the training is 300 USD.

Call for applications for Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Negotiations Leadership Program – Cohort XII.

Application Deadline

17th June 2023

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