Workshop on the Structure of Security Council/GA Negotiations & Drafting and Adopting United Nations Resolutions




17 Sep - 19 Sep 2012

Duration of event:

2 days


Geneva, Switzerland

Programme area:

Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy


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Resolutions constitute a fundamental outcome of meetings within the United Nations principal organs. The diplomat or representative in any multilateral posting must be able to manage the specialized nature and volume of work involved in such UN meetings, including the processes of drafting, negotiating and adopting resolutions.
This course is essentially about communication within the UN principal organs. It focuses on communication through written means as well as, to a lesser degree, how delegates conduct consultations in preparing resolutions. Meetings within the UN principal organs have a particular “culture”: the way people behave is strongly influenced by generally accepted rules, tradition and expectations. The same is true about the way delegates and other participants draft texts for consideration and adoption. As an individual, and as the representative of a sovereign State, the costs of ignoring or not knowing these rules, traditions and expectations are potentially high.

Event Objectives

The main objectives of this workshop are to familiarize the participants with the structure and form of United Nations resolutions and decisions, to help them to improve their skills in the drafting of resolutions and to enable them to acquire a better knowledge of the rules and practices relating to the adoption of UN resolutions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

• Describe the functions, practices and procedures of the Security Council;
• Draft the preamble and operative parts of a resolution;
• Explain the structure of UN resolutions and the functions specific to the constituent parts;
• Identify and describe the various phases and evolution of a resolution text before adoption, including consultations, drafting and voting; and
• Recognize the status and category of any UN document based on the numbering system.


Content and Structure

The workshop will consist of three parts. The first part will focus on the structure of the Security Council, the rules of procedure/comparison between Security Council and General Assembly rules of procedures, negotiations and all aspects of decision-making in the United Nations Security Council, including the steps leading to the adoption of resolutions. The second part will be devoted to a presentation on the structure and drafting of resolutions and decisions. During the third part, the participants will be involved in practical drafting exercises and the preparation of home assignments that will require a significant amount of time.

Targeted Audience

This workshop is intended for diplomats based in the Geneva area who would like to improve their drafting skills required in a multilateral environment.

UNITAR reserves the right to make a selection among candidates. The selected candidates are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment and to attend the course in its entirety.

Additional Information

The workshop will take place at the International Environment House (IEH) in Conference Room (TBC); Châtelaine, Geneva. 
The workshop will be conducted in English. The participants will be provided with a set of background material at the beginning of the course. Participants who have followed the workshop in its entirety will be awarded a course certificate.