General briefing for new delegates on the work of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly



Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training


11 Sep - 12 Sep 2014

Duration of event:

2 days


New York, United States

Programme area:

Multilateral Diplomacy


USD 600


Participation for diplomats working in New York for a permanent mission of a middle income and lower middle income, developing and least-developed country is free-of-charge. All other applicants (diplomats from developed countries, UN staff, students and representatives of civil society) may be admitted upon availability of places for a fee of $600.

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Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification and link for the payment will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.
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Deadline for application: 10 September 2014


In mid-September, hundreds of diplomats attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Organization’s main deliberative body. A large proportion of them comes from the capitals and may not be sufficiently familiar with the United Nations. Before taking up their assignments, many of them feel the need for a short but very intensive course on the functions of the General Assembly and its Main Committees. The general briefing, which attracts hundreds of participants, and the special briefings on the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Committees aim at providing such information to new delegates to the General Assembly. 

Event Objectives

At the end of the briefings, participants will learn inter alia to:
(a) Understand the rules of procedures of the General Assembly and its Main Committees;
(b) Identify the main issues before the Assembly;
(c) Understand the structure and agenda of the Assembly’s six committees;
(d) Find and use the various services available to delegates.


Content and Structure

 The general briefing is designed to familiarize the participants with the work of the General Assembly and its Main Committees. It will cover issues such as:
History and Provisions of the UN Charter;
Rules of procedures of the General Assembly;
Negotiation and decision making in the General Assembly;
Agenda of the General Assembly and Main features of the sixty-ninth session and of its Committees.
Participants will also hear presentations on the functions of a delegate to the General Assembly, the procedures, the agenda and the documentation of the Assembly, as well as the various services available to the delegations. They will also be briefed on the work of all the Committees.


 The seminar is facilitated by UNITAR with a team of diplomatic experts in multilateral diplomacy and General Assembly affairs. This briefing consists of core lectures, case studies and practical exercises to assist countries in understanding the rules and procedures of the General Assembly.

Targeted Audience

 The general briefing is intended primarily for delegates who attend a session of the General Assembly for the first time.

Additional Information

 The two day workshop will be held between 11-12 September, 2014 in the ECOSOC Chamber (CB) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The workshop is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days.

For further information, please contact us at 212-963-9196 or via email at