Executive Education

CIERP executive education helps fulfill all three missions of Fletcher:

  • To educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas;
  • To increase understanding of international problems and concerns through teaching, research, and publications; and
  • To serve local, national, and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security, and justice in an increasingly interdependent world.

CIERP develops and conducts executive education courses for international environmental and energy practitioners and has a strong reputation for developing effective simulation materials.

CIERP has offered short tailored courses at different locations on international climate negotiations (G77 Secretariat, UNITAR, WEDO) and on negotiating for sustainable development, mostly in collaboration with a Dutch partner, the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (SCF).  These include an annual “International Program on the Management of Sustainability” in the Netherlands, multiple “Regional Programs for the Management of Sustainability” programs in developing countries, and an annual Dutch public-private sector professionals training on “Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitative Leadership.” In addition, we have held in-house courses that are coordinated directly with Fletcher’s Global Executive and Diplomatic Education program (Triplomacy, which had an energy focus; China’s NDRC, which had a circular economy focus).

Recently completed courses, workshops, and training sessions include:

  • Training in U.S. Environmental Policy and Enforcement, a training session organized for a group of 25 members from the Ministry for Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China at The Fletcher School (December 2017, Medford, MA)
  • Climate Diplomacy and Negotiation Training held at the Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change. The five-day training, funded by the Government of Norway, brought together 48 climate negotiators from 33 Least Developed Countries to learn about the negotiation procedures of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to practice negotiation skills in preparation for the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC. (October 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Using Sustainable Development Diplomacy to Reframe Organizational Challenges, a training session within the “Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitative Leadership Workshop,” organized for large Dutch public-private organizations and held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (May 2017, Cambridge, MA)
  • Reaching Sustainable Solutions through Effective Negotiations, a skill-building training held at the IUCN World Parks Congress (September 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • International Program on the Management of Sustainability (June 2016, Driebergen, The Netherlands)
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitative Leadership Workshop (April 2016, Cambridge, MA)
  • Industrial Implications of the Circular Economy, a 5-day course designed for China’s National Development and Reform Commission (December 2015, Medford, MA)
  • Negotiation Training support for South African Wildlife College (October 2015, Hoedspruit, South Africa)
  • International Program on the Management of Sustainability (June 2015, Driebergen, The Netherlands)
  • Workshop Enhancing Capacity for Stakeholder Engagement for Protected Areas (August 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Train the Trainer – Negotiations Training (February 2015, Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Negotiations Skills Training for Sustainable Protected Areas (February 2015, Pretoria, South Africa)

The Center is currently exploring ways to further develop our executive education and to integrate it more with Fletcher.  As part of this endeavor, we have developed a new in-house course: Climate Policy Training Program.  The objectives of the Climate Policy Training Program are to provide professionals with the knowledge and understanding of current climate change policy approaches and their successes and failures, as well as technical and analytical tools to more effectively and efficiently address climate change policy and governance.  Climate policy experts will impart valuable information on the state of global, national, and bi-lateral climate policy.

Typically, CIERP training events focus on applying the mutual gains approach to negotiation and consensus building for sustainable development conflicts. Topics covered include: sustainable development diplomacy, consensus building, mutual gains approach to negotiation, facilitation, stakeholder assessment, joint fact-finding, risk assessment, human rights based approach, and negotiation success stories.  A ‘strategy clinic’ is often included in programs for participants to help each other apply the lessons of the training to their particular work situations.

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