Global Treaty-Making Negotiation Role-Play: Global Management of Organochlorines

TitleGlobal Treaty-Making Negotiation Role-Play: Global Management of Organochlorines
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsSusskind, L, McKearnen, S, Gordon, M, Najam, A, Secunda, J, Sewell, G, Shah, P, Strimling, A
Keywordsactive listening, agreement, BATNA, coalition, conflict, dispute, environmental dispute resolution, external negotiations, global management, Global Management of Organochlorines, HNI, interests, international environment, mediating, Multiparty negotiation, mutual gain, negotiation, negotiation strategies, negotiations, negotiator, skills of negotiation

Thirteen-person, multi-issue facilitated negotiation among eight country representatives, four NGO representatives, and a working group chairperson must draft a treaty aimed at reducing harmful organochlorines; also known as "Chlorine Game"

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In light of recent evidence indicating that organochlorine compounds may pose serious risks to human health and the environment, the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has decided to gather a Working Group composed of representatives from eight countries, as well as four representatives from various relevant non-governmental organizations to produce a draft of an international treaty which would call for a phase out some of the most harmful organochlorines. Such a process entails resolution, at some level, of the scientific issues surrounding the potential dangers of widespread chlorine usage. Some argue that scientific evidence pointing to the dangers of chlorine is inconclusive, while environmental activists cite the issue as urgent. The issues that must be addressed are (i) how quickly and at what cost should organochlorines be phased out; (ii), which parties should bear the cost of the phase out; (iii) how should the Working Group be administrated and (iv) what impact should NGO’s have on the Working Group.