Conference Diplomacy and Drafting Resolutions Workshop
Governments and increasingly other actors such as international and non-governmental organizations use multilateral conferences as a means to achieve important policy objectives. As the number of conferences and meetings has risen considerably over the past twenty years, the number of government officers and other stakeholders involved in conference processes has also increased significantly. While diplomats remain at the centre of diplomacy, government officials assigned to line ministries and agencies, as well as staff of intergovernmental organizations and NGOs, are increasingly finding themselves in the role of the multilateral conference delegate.
To formally apply, kindly send your updated CV and a copy of your passport to diplomacy [at] unitar.org.
Note: Participation is on a first come, first served basis, and registration will be closed once we have reached the maximum number of participants.
After this course you will be able to:
- Identify how conferences unfold;
- Name the rules of procedure and their value in advancing delegates’ objectives;
- Explain the importance of informal consultations;
- Identify how to prepare for multilateral conferences;
- Draft a resolution.
At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
• Become familiar with the origin, purposes, strengths and challenges of multilateral diplomacy, especially in a globalized world and in the digital age;
• Understand the main techniques, rules, and processes of diplomatic negotiation and its specific requirements within a multilateral framework such as the UN;
• Learn about the role and impact of civil society organisations as well as the media as new stakeholders in multilateral negotiations;
• Apply those techniques in simulated negotiations inspired from realistic case studies.
The course is designed to be interactive and participatory, including various pedagogical tools to enable the participants to function effectively and efficiently in multilateral conferences The course will be built on four pedagogical pillars: concept learning (lectures and presentations), role-playing (group exercises), experience sharing (roundtable discussions) and exposure to real world problems and policy choices delegates are confronted with.
The workshop will be conducted in English.
If the current situation caused by the pandemic allows for it, the workshop will be held for two days from 10 to 11 February in a hybrid mode in Geneva and online. If the situation worsens, the workshop will be held solely online for three days from 9 to 11 February in a virtual mode. Participants will be told in advance whether the workshop will be held in a hybrid or virtual mode.
The workshop participation fee is 1000 USD. For more information, please write an email to diplomacy [at] unitar.org or call +41 (0)22 917 86 10 or visit www.unitar.org/cdt.