African Diplomats Prepare for Security Council Dynamics
23-25 July 2012, Pretoria, South Africa - Following the successful implementation of a workshop for Geneva’s diplomatic community, former Special Representative to Guinea-Bissau, Ambassador Shola Omoregie, continued his workshop series in South Africa. 25 dedicated and aspiring diplomats from Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and local African embassies received a hands-on preparation for their potential multilateral postings in New York and elsewhere.
UNITAR hosted this three-day workshop that covered negotiation deadlocks in the Security Council. The workshop sensitised participants as to the use of words in UN resolutions and discussed Rules of Procedure of both the Security Council and the General Assembly. In several drafting and negotiation exercises, participants learned how to negotiate and adopt the essential documents of international governance within the UN system. The workshop also offered key insights on how the Security Council functions beyond the public meetings, e.g. how Arria formula meetings evolve and other unknown practices that are worth knowing in order to strengthen African interests in this major UN body.
During the closing ceremony participants expressed their gratitude to Ambassador Omoregie for sharing his wealth of experience, anecdotal evidence, and strategic guidance on how to cope with the functioning of the official rules and the reality in the Security Council. The workshop offered an ideal environment for exchanging and discussing African interests in multilateral negotiations. Participants expressed their keen interest to participate in future workshops of this kind.