Expert in climate negotiations gives workshop to Dominican delegation that will go to COP28

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The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, the Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher (PUCMM) and the Popular Foundation, through its Alejandro E. Grullón E Sustainability Chair ., organized a workshop on Public Speaking and Negotiation for COP28 with international negotiation expert Juan Carlos Monterrey, executive director of Geoversity, the University of Nature, in Panama.

In the preamble to the twenty-eighth Conference of the Parties (COP28), convened at the end of the year by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the training activity aimed to increase the delegation's public speaking skills and abilities Dominican Republic to effectively advocate for climate action on the global stage.

During the training, Monterrey Gómez assured that “effective public speaking is a powerful tool to advocate for climate action,” after explaining that it improves the skills of negotiators to communicate their message in a persuasive, attractive and confident way.

The workshop was carried out interactively, motivating audience participation through examples, comments and dynamics. It was based on the content of the book “Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers”, by American author James C. Humes. Participants learned about the key principles of strategic communication for negotiators and institutional spokespersons, such as the importance of pauses, the development of impactful opening words, the clarity of the central message, conciseness in communication, and the effective use of inspirational quotes , among other topics.

At the end of the activity, Monterrey maintained that the Dominican delegation is prepared to make a significant impact at COP28, advocating for climate action through bold and effective communication.

About Geoversity

The main campus is the Mamoní Valley Reserve, a 4,800-hectare (12,000-acre) tropical forest located in one of the 25 most biodiverse hotspots in the world, less than a two-hour drive from Panama City, Panama. Geoversity leads a growing ecosystem of individuals and organizations united in the mission of biocultural renewal. Its programs are based on the hard work of watershed conservation and the fight to avoid global ecological collapse, always in collaboration with local communities, indigenous authorities and young activists.

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