Building understanding in climate diplomacy

Building understanding in climate diplomacy

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Date: 21st December 2012
Author: CDKN Global
Type: Feature

In recent years there has been increasing interest in how to integrate climate change into foreign policy, known as ‘climate diplomacy’. Climate diplomacy encompasses the actions of diplomats, negotiators and policy makers representing national climate change interests in international forums.

While climate change has long been discussed in the context of foreign policy, it has not always been integrated into wider diplomatic efforts especially in the poorest and most climate vulnerable (PMV) countries. An emphasis on climate diplomacy could potentially be a significant vehicle for PMV countries to influence international climate change negotiations. For example the Marshall Islands has made climate change central to their foreign policy through the development of a new climate diplomacy (supported by CDKN). The implementation of which has seen the country putting forward progressive and innovative solutions as part of the Cartagena Dialogue and the broader UNFCCC process, as well as taking a leadership role in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

However there is limited consideration of how to support diplomats, negotiators and policy makers in PMV countries to bring climate change to the foreground in foreign policy, and pursue effective international action beyond the UNFCCC. In particular in PMV countries there is lack of knowledge and guidance on how the integration of such issues can be achieved, and a lack of capacity and training to be able to integrate national and international climate change priorities into foreign policy.

In order evolve the understanding of climate diplomacy, CDKN is seeking to procure and fund a supplier/s to conduct a review to understand how to effectively integrate climate change into foreign policy and to undertake climate diplomacy. As well as helping developing countries with their climate change goals we also expect this project to help CDKN develop understanding internally so as to inform its strategy for aiding developing countries in their climate compatible development work.

There are two key workstreams in this project. The first is conducting a review of climate diplomacy and the second is organising a London workshop on climate diplomacy.

The outputs of this work will be briefing papers discussing lessons learned, and highlighting best practice in climate diplomacy. In addition the supplier should produce an internal report to CDKN, delivering an assessment of how climate diplomacy can link with and complement CDKN’s current work, with a particular focus on the 12 CDKN deep engagement countries.

Responses to this ITT will need to demonstrate experience delivering a similar programme of research and workshops to a high level of quality. Suppliers should also demonstrate expertise in the areas of climate change and climate diplomacy. The supplier should be open to working with developing country diplomats, negotiators and experts from developing countries to develop the research. Suppliers will need to demonstrate good links and/or previous experience of working with these stakeholders.

We are looking for suppliers to commence work at the end of January 2013.

Instructions for interested parties

The Invitation to Tender documents can be downloaded from here:

Invitation to tender

Expenses Policy

Terms and conditions

CDKN Non Disclosure Agreement

The Bidder is requested to submit a proposal electronically to the detailing how they would deliver the programme of work as set out in this document.

The deadline for this submission is 17.00 GMT on 21st January 2013.

The deadline for submission of questions is 17.00 GMT on 11th January 2013.

Bidders are also asked to confirm by 17.00 GMT on 14th January 2013 whether they intend to submit a proposal in response to this ITT. This confirmation should be sent via email to

Please note any clarification questions from the bidder to PwC should be sent to

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