ABSTRACT

While formal rules of procedure and established practices provide important building blocks for the organization of a negotiation process, the actions of the organizers – the presiding officers, bureau and secretariat – are absolutely key to the effective management of the negotiations. The fact that the rules and practices of the climate change regime, and indeed other regimes, tend to be rather standard in the international arena places a premium on the ability of the organizers to interpret, implement and improvise upon those rules and practices to adapt them to the needs of the particular regime and negotiation process.