A model of multi-sectoral engagement on climate change

Adrian Macey, Victoria University, Wellington, September 2016

Since 2005, a multi-stakeholder programme of Climate Change Roundtables in New Zealand has addressed both international and domestic climate change issues. It is run by the capital-based Victoria University of Welllington, and has an independent chair. It and operates under the Chatham House Rule [what is said may be communicated but not who said it], and participants speak as individuals not as representatives of their organisation. Summaries of each meeting are able to be distributed.

With the evolution of the international negotiations, the focus for climate engagement and responsibility has become increasingly domestic. Currently the roundtable looks to be the nucleus of a more formal and more public climate change forum. By keeping dialogue going in an area of high controversy, the rountables have led to greater understanding, both of the issues and others’ interests . The format is useful for civil society - in that there is direct engagement and dialogue with the main actors, away from the heat of public campaigns. It has had a useful educative value with all the main actors and stakeholders.

Case study period: 2005-2016

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