CPA Parliamentary Academy
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Empowering climate democracy: Workshop for Parliamentarians from small jurisdictions on multilateral climate negotiations

New York, USA
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Event Details

Dates: 5 - 7 July 2022

Location: UN Secretariat, New York, United States of America 

Format: Session-based in-person workshop

Co-hosts: The CPA Small Branches network and the United Nations Development Programme


The CPA Small Branches network and the United Nations Development Programme are partnering to host a workshop for Parliamentarians from small jurisdictions on the role of representative and inclusive institutions in addressing the mounting insecurity caused by climate change by engaging in multilateral climate efforts.

The workshop will explore the multilateral landscape where international climate negotiations take place, address the issues most pressing for small jurisdictions in this sphere, as well as opportunities for advancing their priorities.

The workshop will also help Parliamentarians develop the soft skills that are required to navigate the multilateral landscape, including in negotiation, communication and networking.

Sessions will also cater for sub-national legislatures, who are members of the CPA Small Branches network, focusing on their ability to partner with their respective national legislatures and governments, drawing on many of the same skills and approaches used at the international level.

Further reading on climate change and small states:

Empowering small states to tackle big challenges | The Parliamentarian

COP26 and climate challenges for the Commonwealth | The Parliamentarian

Small island developing states do not have the luxury of time | UNDP

Progressive Platforms: Backing Small Island Developing States and least developed countries to meet the climate challenge | UNDP


This workshop will feature presentations and guidance from experts including current and former Parliamentarians, academic experts, parliamentary development practitioners and civil society representatives.


This is a closed event for CPA Members and UNDP partner Parliaments only. All CPA Small Branches have been issued with a formal invitation to nominate Members. Parliamentarians wishing to apply for this workshop should contact their CPA Branch Secretary.

If you are a participant in this event and require further information, please email


The CPA is committed to inclusivity and accessibility at all its events and programmes. Should you have any accessibility requirements, please contact the CPA Secretariat at

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Jack Hardcastle, Programmes Manager and CPA Small Branches Coordinator, at

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