The workshop on negotiation skills for multilateral environmental Agreements was inaugurated by Eng. Ahmed Abu Al-Soaud chief executive Officer of EEAA which organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) which took place during the period from 7 to 10 September 2015 at the Environmental Cultural Center (Beit Cairo ) in Cairo city.
The national workshop was held with the participation of a number of environmental experts and consultants from Arab Republic of Egypt as well as from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and PERSGA. More than 35 persons coming from various ministries and local bodies inside Egypt and working in the fields related to environmental protection had Participated in this workshop.
The activities of the workshop dealt with one important topic in environmental management efforts and the adoption of sustainable development approach that has become a target of international attention and the collective efforts in combating the pollution and environmental degradation on our planet. The world in the past few decades have witnessed a significant increase in the number of multilateral environmental agreements, reflecting the international interest in environmental issues that cannot often be dealt with individually, but to deal with it requires concerted efforts and joint coordination and commitment from all countries of the world. There exists in the world today more than 500 global, regional and bilateral environmental treaty, dealing with the priorities of global environmental issues. Of the most important are climate change and biodiversity conservation and the preservation of natural resources and the management of toxic waste and dangerous substances in addition to the fight against desertification and the protection of wildlife.
The sessions of this workshop focused on the strengthening of the capabilities of participants through the use of "simulators" reflecting the atmosphere of negotiations and helping theparticipants to play the real roles of the negotiators and the hand-on practical exercises to strengthen their negotiating capacity. The participants were able to build texts for three bilateral and multilateral agreements through wide discussion and debate which reflected the real world of negotiations.
The workshop dealt with a series of lectures presented by the consultants on the history of multilateral environmental diplomacy and its evolution along with in-depth analysis for all Conference of the Parties, especially in the field of climate change. The lecturers presented the processes and mechanisms of negotiation and the latest developments in the ongoing Climate Change negotiations in Geneva and Bonn these days and the policies that will pave the way for the 21 Conference of the Parties that going to take place in the beginning of the month of December 2015 in Paris; in order to finalize the agreement binding all the countries of the world to limit the effects of climate change.
The participants were able to in the course of this interactive and practical application of the special negotiating simulators to enhance their abilities in the field of debate and learning of procedures necessary to negotiate in an atmosphere similar to the reality of the international conferences and parties relating to the conservation of the environment and natural resources.
The activities of this national workshop was widely covered in the Egyptian media especially television, the press and the electronic websites.