The Centre for Multilateral Negotiations

Vision and mission:

The Centre for Multilateral Negotiations provides public officials, non-state actors, and academics with a better understanding and key skillsfor reaching global agreements in highly complex multilateral settings. The Centre works towards fosteringdeeper cooperationon key global challenges by enabling more effective negotiation processes.

Critical expertise on facilitation is lost every year, as the presidency and host roles within negotiation processes rotate summit by summit. The Centre fills this gap by systematically capturing lessons learnt from facilitators’ experiences and analyses negotiation processes to provide a blueprint for effective negotiation facilitation.

Selected Endorsements:

“This is a great initiative, which I fully support. In multilateral negotiations, the quality of the process is as important as the substance in order to reach significant agreements.”

Patricia Espinosa
UNFCCC Executive Secretary since 2016

“This project represents a great opportunity to provide negotiation chairs with facilitation best practices, and thereby accelerate the crafting of multilateral agreements on trade and other global issues.”

Pascal Lamy
Director-General of the World Trade Organization, 2005-2013

Lighthouse Projects:

  • Book: Reaching the Paris Agreement - Insider accounts of the Paris Agreement
  • Advice: Negotiation Management Workshop for Moroccan Presidency of  the UN climate negotiations, 2016