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How consultation will play its part in implementing the COP26 agreement? 

Greta Thunberg has clearly found a phrase that resonates with many people.

Portraying politicians and diplomats as merely pushing paper and haggling about words on endless documents conjures up a picture that is in great contrast to the hyper-activity sought by climate activists who believe we are in a full-scale emergency. No wonder young people express their frustration.

Public consultations must appear to them to be part of this picture. Even experienced policy-makers occasionally dismiss them as sterile time-wasting, and the modern vogue for more participative methods tends to monopolise any discussion of what is becoming known as climate engagement.

Several recent reports have covered this topic and deserve serious study.


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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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