Climate Policy Training Course


The CIERP Climate Policy Training Course provides in-depth knowledge of the history of and issues in international negotiations, and to develop understanding of current climate change policy approaches, their successes and failures. On completion, participants will be have developed a complete climate policy toolbox, including some key negotiation strategies and skills, that will enable them to understand the options for climate change policy and to more effectively and efficiently address climate change policy and governance.


The program will provide a unique opportunity for participants to engage with faculty who are among the leading experts on the state of global, national, and bi-lateral climate policy, and with peers from around the world. 



Who will benefit

The Program is designed with the international mid-career and senior-level professional in mind. Decision-makers from government, private sector, and non-profit organizations, will benefit as well as academics and researchers. Professionals in national, state/provincial, and local governments with responsibility for a variety of climate change policies, including adaptation and/or mitigation, be they related to energy, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, etc.

  • Executives and senior staff in corporations that are affected by environmental regulation, manufacture products, or provide services in a variety of sectors (energy, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, etc.), or may foresee opportunities in these areas and wish to gain an in-depth understanding of climate change policy.
  • Professionals in finance, accounting, or legal services whose clients may be affected by environmental or climate regulation and who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of climate change policy.
  • Leadership and senior staff in intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with a range of climate change policies.
  • Academics and researchers in the field of climate change.

Course Outline

Through a combination of lectures, case studies, exercises, and group discussions, which provide lessons learned from recent climate policy successes and failures, participants will address key questions, such as:

- Which climate policy tools work best for both mitigation and adaptation?

- Where do governments typically make mistakes in the climate policy process and how can they be avoided?

- Which climate policies have been effective so far – and where – and which have been less successful and why?

- How can countries reconcile development policy with climate policy?

- Which climate policies have proven to be achieved at least cost around the world?

- Which policy tools will best help me to implement my country’s NDC?

- What approaches to adaptation and resilience in the face of climate change are likely to be most effective, and what impediments to progress exist?

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Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher

Senior faculty

Prof. Gilbert Metcalf
Prof. Ujjayant Chakravorty
Prof. Avery Cohn
Prof. Tim Griffin
Prof. Jenny Aker


Rishikesh Ram Bhandary
Laura Kuhl
Zdenka Myslikova
Easwaran Narassimhan
Fang Zhang



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Recent Events

WRI/CPL Climate Finance Roundtable

WRI/CIERP RoundTAble, April 2016 

Post-Paris de-brief with Christiana Figueres

Kelly Sims Gallagher with Christiana Figueres at Fletcher, April 2016