Training Course on Geneva’s Multilateral Working Environment for Saudi Arabian Diplomats




09 Sep - 13 Sep 2013

Duration of event:

5 days


Geneva, Switzerland

Programme area:

Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy



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Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.


Effective and efficient participation in multilateral conferences conducted at the United Nations Office in Geneva, requires a sound knowledge of the structure and functioning of the UN System and its various components. Over the years, the mandate, governance and decision-making of the Geneva-based UN agencies, funds and specialised agencies have evolved considerably and diplomats are increasingly called upon to cover the work of various organisations with diverse decision-making mechanisms. The training course will provide a concise overview of the United Nations System in Geneva, it will explain the structure, mandate and governance of the main organisations and it will provide the diplomats with the agenda of the main professional events for 2013/2014. 

Event Objectives

The overall objective of this training course is to familiarize participants with Geneva’s multilateral working environment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training course, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the difference between the United Nations Organisation and system;
  • Define the structure, mandate and functions of the major international organisations in Geneva;
  • Recognise and analyse linkages between the international organisations in Geneva;
  • Understand the decision-making process and the governance system of these organisations.

Content and Structure

The training course will include a session on the UN System as well as briefings by the following organizations:



The training course is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Training methods include concept learning (lectures, presentations), experience sharing and exposure to real world problems and policy choices diplomats are confronted with. The training course includes visits to different international organizations where participants can learn more about the organization and have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with members of the organization.


Targeted Audience

This training is aimed at diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Additional Information

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.