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Introduction to the United Nations System Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation Chairing Multilateral Conferences Rules of Procedure of United Nations Conferences United Nations Protocol Working Efficiently with UN Budget Documents Structure, Drafting and Adoption of United Nations Resolutions Diplomatic Report Writing Inter-ministerial Coordination in Negotiation Preparation and Follow-up 7 Customized Training Catalogue Introduction to the United Nations System In an increasingly globalized world, where the importance of multilateral dialogues and cooperation is ever growing, the UN remains a central forum for progressing ideas and a platform for action. In order to achieve their objectives and advance their interests representatives of governments, international and non-governmental organizations must understand the structure and the working system of UN agencies.

Proposed activity: This course aims to provide an overview of the United Nations as well as a historical, political, and analytical framework for liaising more effectively with UN representatives and staff. Furthermore, the workshop will identify the various reform proposals for the UN system, critically analyze the reform process, and cover contemporary policy developments which take center stage in the UN system. This will be done by providing expert briefings and round tables for example on strategies for achieving positive outcomes or strategic measures leading to the achievement of the MDGs. With the help of interactive exercises, participants will finish the course with a concrete understanding of the UN system’s structure and functioning. At the end of the course, participants will be able to enumerate the UN’s principal organs and map their development; explain the history of the UN system and its predecessors; and identify current and salient issues relevant to the UN.

Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation

Our most sought after course with continuously increasing demand and implementation. Due to its extensive experience in the development of workshops on conference diplomacy and multilateral negotiation UNITAR is always on top of the latest developments in the field. Governments and increasingly other actors such as international and non-governmental organizations use multilateral conferences as a means to achieve important policy objectives. Conferences such as the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development have shown that the number of government officers and other stakeholders involved in conference processes has increased significantly. This type of training is crucial in empowering participants to respond to the emerging challenges in multilateral diplomacy.

Proposed activity: The training provides participants with an opportunity to review the challenges of contemporary conference diplomacy. The sessions will focus on establishing the environment in which multilateral conferences take place; examining formal procedures, processes and tactics; and exploring the informal processes, such as consultation and lobbying. In role-play exercises participants will learn to apply their new knowledge and skills and to transfer them to their workplaces. The training will conclude with a simulation exercise and its video analysis. At the end of the workshop participants will be able to more effectively analyze the dynamics unfolding in multilateral diplomacy and negotiation; to improve preparation for and participation in negotiations; and appreciate the interplay of intercultural differences.

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9 Customized Training Catalogue United Nations Protocol The United Nations and its related bodies, agencies and programmes convene thousands of formal and informal, official and unofficial meetings and conferences each year. Representatives within the United Nations system as well as from governments or international and non-governmental organizations must be able to operate in a professional manner in such multilateral environments. The work within or in cooperation with the United Nations often requires an in-depth understanding of the various layers of protocol and formal rules of this Organization as well as the multilateral system.

Proposed activity: This course aims to provide an overview of United Nations and multilateral protocol practices to guide the protocol practitioners who operate within the United Nations Headquarters as well as in field offices. Thanks to the interactive guidance by our moderators, participants will get a concrete understanding of specific protocol-related situations. The course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and capacities to take the right decisions and consider a broad spectrum of possible protocol-related arrangements. At the end of this training participants will be able to avoid possible faux pas and organize successful state visits, ceremonies and social events.

Working Efficiently with UN Budget Documents Reading and understanding the budget plans of the United Nations Organization Programmes and Funds, as well as its specialized agencies, can often be a challenging and overwhelming task for any diplomat or government official.

However, the skills and knowledge required to do so effectively and efficiently are vital to the everyday work of these officials.

Proposed Activity: This course will provide participants with an understanding of the UN budgetary process, and the actors involved, as well as an appreciation of the broader context of their budget-related work, thus contributing to the efficiency of both their work, the work of their mission, and the United Nations as a whole. Participants will be given the opportunity, through case study discussions and simulation exercises to develop their skills in quickly and efficiently retrieving information from UN budget-related documents.

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11 Customized Training Catalogue Inter-ministerial Coordination in Negotiation Preparation and Follow-up Many international conferences are linked in one way or another to other international conferences. For instance, items on the agenda of environmental summits are not exclusively linked to nature conservation but also highlight important questions linked to trade, agriculture, development, intellectual property, sovereignty, security and many more intrinsic interests of national governments.

Preparing for - and following-up - on such intergovernmental negotiations consume considerable time for government officials, many of whom are constrained with limited financial and human resources. The delegates designated to represent the government at such a conference need to be able to pool the necessary information from all government departments involved (policies and technical, legal, scientific expertise) and have a clear overview of issues at stake in order to have a “whole-of-government” attitude and to better advance national objectives.

Proposed activity: This training aims to improve the response to the interconnected issues on policymaking agendas. The participants will appreciate the importance of coordination in conference preparation and will learn how to design and manage inter-agency coordination mechanisms. To this end a conceptual overview of inter-ministerial coordination will be provided. After the training the participants will be able to assist in rationalizing and managing human and knowledge resources of governments participating in international forums and will know how to address the increased importance of crosscutting issues affecting multiple ministries.

International Crisis Management

The imperative for competencies in diplomatic crisis response has become increasingly acute as the global community faces different social crises, natural catastrophes and humanitarian disasters of unprecedented scale. Crises, in all their various forms, create highly complex and highly pressured negotiation situations for diplomats and government officials, and hence present new challenges and fresh opportunities for participation in decision-making processes. Effective performance in international negotiations during a crisis requires a broad and self-assured understanding of a number of policies and their interconnections, an awareness of the forums and contexts of multilateral diplomacy and an ability to employ sophisticated negotiation techniques. Such knowledge and proficiencies are urgently required by officials working in foreign ministries and the sections of other departments concerned with the international aspects of development.

Proposed activity: This professional development workshop on diplomacy in crisis situations is aimed at mid-level foreign affairs or other government officials.

Due to the increased policy linkages we offer a large spectrum of thematic areas:

human security in crisis situations, climate change and humanitarian crisis situations, women in crisis situations, communication and coordination (of NGO, IGO and Member States) in crisis situations, relation of financial and food crises, and financial and labor crisis management. By the end of the week-long training programme, the participants will be equipped with skills to perform effectively in crisis management.

Skills Development Steadily developing your skills is necessary to find new and innovative solutions to different challenges. We offer courses in chairing conferences, public speeking, negotiation, and communication.

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13 Customized Training Catalogue Skills Assessment and Management Development Human capital is an essential element of any dynamic and successful enterprise.

Investment in human capital through capacity building is critical to the prosperity of any international organization or multinational cooperate management strategy. Building on the extensive experience of UNITAR in training the international diplomatic community, it is now delivering courses for decision makers and executives working in both the public and private sectors.

Proposed activity: In cooperation with partnering international organizations, corporations and agencies, UNITAR is working to assess the skills and potential of executives and high level decision makers, to provide coaching and development programmes to enhance human capital resources. The objective of these trainings is to build human capital to enhance the achievement of key organizational objectives.

Negotiation Skills and Techniques Negotiation is an ongoing challenge and requires practice and continuous theoretical and practical reflection in order to be undertaken effectively, efficiently and with real, positive results. This course will form a crucial part of any training programme designed to support those involved in negotiation and/or decision making.

Proposed Activity: This course is designed for practitioners, for whom negotiation is a fundamental pillar of their work and an essential skill. The course will support participants in the development of their knowledge of negotiation as well as their personal and professional skills, whether their objective is to negotiate one or several issues, between two parties or many. Participants will learn to define the key elements and theories in international negotiations, will acquire and have the opportunity to practice new skills and strategies in negotiation, will develop an appreciation of the appropriate procedures involved in negotiation/ arbitration proceedings, and will emerge confident to guide and advice colleagues in their organizations as to best measures and practices in dealing with complex negotiations. The course will be structured and led through practical exercises, case studies, group discussions and simulations to ensure maximum opportunity for practicing new skills and engaging participants in interactive and dynamic manners to enhance learning.

Leadership and Diplomacy Leadership is fundamental to effective and efficient diplomacy. The success of international leaders rely upon their capacities to take initiative, lead others in and through challenging circumstances, and thus maximize opportunities and strengthen the positions, objectives and achievements of parties and groups.

Proposed Activity: This training will enhance participants’ understanding and appreciation of the definition of leadership and the qualities of a strong leader, the theories of leadership and how each can be evaluated against one’s own skills, the differing styles of leadership particularly in a cultural context, the importance and practice of effective communication skills, and techniques and strategies to practice strong leadership in times of crisis, decision making and risk management.

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15 Customized Training Catalogue You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow.

For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen.


Environmental Diplomacy Building agreement on solutions to international environmental problems is one of the greatest diplomatic challenges of this century. Our courses in this thematic area introduce the specialized knowledge and skills needed to address these challenges.

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17 Customized Training Catalogue Climate Change Diplomacy UNITAR is committed to working in the field of Climate Change Diplomacy to strengthen the knowledge, awareness and skills-base of government and civil society representatives in the developing world. It is UNITARs goal to facilitate enhanced participation, particularly of developing countries, in multilateral forums such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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