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«United Nations System and Conference Diplomacy Introduction to the United Nations System Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation Chairing ...»

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Proposed activity: The training aims to engage participants in the active consideration of the complexities and challenges encountered when organizing and/or participating in climate change negotiations. The training will include a variety of pedagogical tools to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of climate change negotiations. The training will blend sessions on conference diplomacy and multilateral negotiations with the development of substantive knowledge in the field of climate change. It will also cover the multilateral negotiation framework and climate change conference agenda to increase participants’ awareness of the legal and political structures that exist when addressing climate change issues. The workshop will focus on the dynamics of climate change negotiations through simulation and case study exercises in order to enhance participants’ ability to engage constructively in negotiation and consensusbuilding.

Green Diplomacy

Multilateral diplomacy is undergoing a fundamental transformation. All spheres of diplomacy, from disarmament, to human rights, trade, nuclear non-proliferation, macro-economics and development cooperation, now have to adapt to the new generation of global environmental sustainability challenges. This course will address the challenges and opportunities for elevating environmental concerns into the key spheres of multilateral diplomacy. Specifically it will examine the environmental implications in multilateral negotiations and policy processes related to human rights and humanitarian affairs, peace and security, trade and investment, global economic recovery, and development cooperation.

Proposed activity: The training aims to strengthen and support the overall integration of environmental considerations into key diplomacy tracks. Participants will get to know the gaps in existing policy frameworks and the deadlocks in ongoing multilateral negotiations. Participants will be equipped with concrete tools and resources to advance their environmental priorities in these respective decisionmaking processes. After this course participants will have acquired a practical understanding of the dynamics unfolding in multilateral negotiations. They will have refined their skills and know-how to improve their preparation for, and participation in, such negotiations. Subjects covered in this training include negotiation dynamics, strategies and tactics, language associated with climate change negotiations, preparation for environmental negotiations, delegation leadership, capacity constraints of developing countries and follow-up processes.

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19 Customized Training Catalogue Now, more than ever, we need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water.

These issues cannot be addressed in isolation.


Human Rights Diplomacy Human Rights remain a crucial part of multilateral negotiations. Our courses will familiarize you with the UN concept of Human Rights and show you how to strengthen your skills and capacities on international human rights.

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21 Customized Training Catalogue International Human Rights Protection UNITAR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have a long history of cooperation. Experts and practitioners from the OHCHR act as resource persons in the context of UNITAR training activities in Geneva and elsewhere. UNITAR also upholds the key principles of Vienna’s declaration on human rights by mainstreaming human rights into its capacity-building and training activities. This has translated in recent years into the development of joint projects focusing on “enhancing the application of human rights standards”.

Proposed activity: The training activities in the field of human rights include orientation and briefing sessions, professional skills development workshops, e-Learning training, awareness-raising on contemporary policies and issues, and the development and dissemination of diplomacy training tools. In cooperation with Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other Ministries, UNITAR delivers training programmes to support and enhance the work of diplomats and government officials involved in human rights negotiations. Those trainings provide the diplomats with an overview of the normative framework and institutions that are designed to protect human rights and offer tools to help implement and strengthen national strategies on human rights issues.

Other popular courses In an ever changing world, new diplomatic topics have risen to prominance on the international stage. Our courses will aim to provide you with the latest knowledge on the most pressing issues.

Public Diplomacy Introduction to Water Diplomacy Cultural Diplomacy Contemporary Multilateral Challenges: Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Commercial Diplomacy Agricultural Diplomacy 23 Customized Training Catalogue Public Diplomacy Public diplomacy, and its sister concept, soft power, dominate much of the current academic debate about 21st century diplomacy. A major challenge for governments is how to develop effective public diplomacy, and optimize the use of their soft power, in a rapidly changing global environment.

Proposed Activity: This course aims to help participants understand what public diplomacy is, how its practice has evolved over time and how the current challenges are being addressed. It will also examine a range of tools and techniques available to public diplomacy practitioners.

Introduction to Water Diplomacy

Water is and will remain at the heart of international peace and security, the defense of human rights and the imperative for sustainable development paths.

An increasingly strong and coordinated response is therefore expected from the international community in order to raise awareness, mitigate conflict, and build cooperation from the growing challenges posed by water between sovereign states.

Proposed Activity: The purpose of this course will first be to raise awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to stimulate cooperation around the way the resource is managed. It will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and a cadre of tools to water-relevant stakeholders so as to enhance their ability to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide. This approach will be relevant to the great water stressors of our time and will serve to promote both short and longer term cooperation through shared benefits, inclusive multi-stakeholder agreements, and sustainable transboundary institution building.

Cultural Diplomacy Contemporary diplomacy requires awareness of the unfolding dynamics within domestic and foreign audiences, the appreciation of the role of the United Nations as a catalyst of cultural diplomacy in multilateralism, and the use of skills and techniques to apply effective cultural diplomacy in practice.

Proposed Activity: This course will provide an introduction to politico-cultural challenges, theoretical concepts behind cultural sensitivity, and the use of soft power in modern diplomacy. The course will include practical and theoretical training to enhance participants’ understanding and discussion of the basic concepts of culture, and their appreciation of the evolution of cultural, public and citizen diplomacy.

The course will be dynamic and interactive and will equip participants with the contemporary skills to express and communicate culture, and discuss the role of culture during political transitions and peace building processes. The importance of the United Nations will also be considered as to its role in mainstreaming soft power in a multilateral world.

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25 Customized Training Catalogue Agricultural Diplomacy Agricultural Diplomacy is imperative to ensuring food security in a changing climate.

The number of food insecure countries around the world continues to increase as the world’s population grows. This situation has intensified the need for international cooperation. International cooperation in agriculture promotes the sharing of best practices, helps to introduce and implement new technologies as well as new farm management methods which can help to increase the rate of development in the agricultural sector.

Proposed activity: The course will aim to equip participants with the conceptual knowledge and practical tools to understand the importance of international cooperation in addressing the food security and climate change challenge.

Participants will be able to identify current challenges and opportunities for achieving food security; understand the relationship between agriculture, food security and climate change; understand the relationship between international trade and climate change; identify innovative methods to address the food security, climate change nexus; appreciate the role that international negotiation platforms and international organizations and regional cooperation play in agricultural diplomacy.

Advisory Service

In addition to its diplomatic training MDP offers Advisory Services for Diplomatic Academies or Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Advisory Service consists of a wide range of services. With its unique experience in the field of diplomatic training MDP is frequently asked for assistance in the establishment/strengthening of national Diplomatic Academies.

This assistance includes supporting Academies in the development of their annual diplomatic training curricula and the preparation of course designs and teaching materials. Often MDP also supports the recruitment and development of human capital by developing skills analysis tools, by identifying international experts in a specific fields of interest, or by delivering Training of Trainers for the instructors of the Academy. The advisory service also includes support in the promotion of national interests and in the establishment of goodwill and partnerships with the international community and regional fora, constituencies and networks.

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