Science - October 28, 2010

Wednesday, 27 October: Crash course negotiation vocabulary

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Wageningen scientist Ingrid Vissern-Hamakers is in Nagoya to attend the Convention of Biological Diversity. She keeps a diary for Resource.

Over the past two weeks, I have learned that international negotiation has its own vocabulary. During a brainstorm with colleagues, we came up with the following dictionary, which is of course not exclusive...
Ways to say no
I am reluctant to accept ...
I have to insist ...
I have instructions to ...
I do not have the mandate to ...
We have some concerns.
I feel uncomfortable with ....
We have some difficulties with ...
This is not within the mandate of the convention.
I think the text could be improved a little.
I think it is an interesting proposal.
That paragraph requires some more work.
I need some clarification on ...
What is the added value of that paragraph?
I have a problem in understanding ...
Ways to say yes
I can be flexible on this issue.
In the spirit of compromise ...
I am happy to report that ....
The European Union would like to support our colleagues from ...
I would be comfortable with ...
Ways to say 'I don't know'
I need to go back to capital.
My delegation needs time to consult.
I am in your hands.
Ways to introduce text suggestions
For consistency of language ...
Just an editorial suggestion ...
Does anyone have language for ...? 
Vocabulary for the Chair of the meeting
Thank you for your flexibility.
That would be very helpful.
You have the floor.
In order to preserve the consensus ...
It was a constructive dialogue.
Progress has been made.
I would like to hear your views.
Could you explain your position?
Thank you for your hard work.
I see no objections, so we can adopt this text.
There was a good spirit of collaboration and dialogue. 

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