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Ethiopia's climate diplomacy Part 1. Understanding national engagement

IIED’s Climate Change Group has been providing support to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group at the UNFCCC since 2001. They are currently working with in-country LDC experts to understand the existing infrastructures for undertaking climate diplomacy, and to identify policy recommendations for furthering this work. Mr. Gebru Jember Endalew of Ethiopia, an LDC group core team member, has produced three research papers as material for a forthcoming IIED Briefing. Recognising that effective climate diplomacy must be firmly rooted within the national interest, the three research papers look at: Understanding national engagement; Understanding national policies and drivers; and Drawing conclusions and recommendations. In this first paper on understanding national engagement the research looks at: the national understanding of climate change diplomacy; the national system for engaging in climate diplomacy; what ministries, institutions or bodies engage in this effort; how the media is used; and whether climate diplomacy is done in coordination with other nations.

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