3 and 4 February 2014, Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats, as representatives of their respective states, remain an indispensable ingredient in mobilizing peaceful and effective change in international relations through negotiation and mediation. In the framework of UNITAR’s Core Diplomatic Training (CDT) offer, the Institute organised a two-day workshop in Geneva that aimed at strengthening the negotiation skills of 20 diplomats from different UN Member States.

During the workshop Professor Dr. Alain Pekar Lempereur, Alan B. Slifka Chair at Brandeis University and director of the Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, increased participants’ understanding of the appropriate sequences to follow and the relevant skills to increase their success in negotiations. The four different sessions of the workshop focused on negotiation strategies, the preparation of the mandate and the negotiation process, conflict resolution as well as on complex negotiations. Dr. Lempereur also shared his extensive experience from international mediation processes with the participants.

The overall feedback of the participants was very positive and they appreciated that they did not only increase their theoretical knowledge of the appropriate steps to consider during negotiations, but moreover had the possibility to put this knowledge into practice.

Thanks to the generous support of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, UNITAR was able to offer fellowships to diplomats from the Group of 77 enabling them to participate free of charge.

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