11.7 Negotiating the Draft Agreed Outcomes

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Within the Australian context, the negotiation process and decisions about language put forward, lie firmly with the Head of the Australian Delegation, who is guided by the Negotiation Framework agreed across government.

During negotiations, one government representative is mandated to speak in the negotiations and leads the negotiation for their country. For Australia, this may be the Head of the Delegation, or if multiple negotiations are occurring at the same time, responsibility for negotiations may fall to a representative from the Australian Mission to the UN or another government member on the Delegation. NGO Delegates with the Australian Government Delegation do not negotiate on behalf of the Australian Government. NGOs with the delegation are there as observers and to work with the Head of the Delegation around drafting specific language that may reflect the key concerns, actions and direction the Australian Government would like to take.