Customized Training held in the past

Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation for diplomats from SADC countries

Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

15-20 June 2009

 

South Africa’s Diplomatic Academy and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) recently held a six‐day regional training course on Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation for diplomats from Southern African Development Community countries (SADC). The course, attended by 29 representatives, took place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 15‐20 June 2009 and was run by a team of international and regional experts specializing in multilateral conference diplomacy training.

The course increased the knowledge, awareness and skills base of government officials to prepare for and perform effectively in global and regional conferences. Whether convened within the United Nations system or within regional institutions such as SADC or the AU, multilateral conferences have increasingly become key instruments in building regional and global consensus on important political, security, development, environmental and social issues.
 
This annual course is part of a vibrant collaboration between UNITAR and the Diplomatic Academy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. The Institute has been collaborating closely with the Department since 2004 with the objective of developing capacities in the field of multilateral diplomacy, primarily through the organization of professional, executive-type courses and other training related activities. In the initial stages of this collaboration, UNITAR worked closely with the Multilateral Branch in organizing a first course in 2005 for junior and mid-career diplomats of the Department’s various branches.
 
 

In 2006, this collaboration continued with the organization of a second course. On this occasion, the Department and UNITAR decided that it was not only important to continue developing knowledge and skills of diplomats in this field, but that it was also important to develop the training capacities of South African diplomatic staff. A strategy and work plan were then elaborated for 2007, which included training-of-trainers, individualized coaching and a study visit to Geneva for four South African diplomatic staff/trainers, with each trainer being assigned specific topics in which to specialize. Two workshops were then scheduled for 2007, and the South African trainers were integrated into the development and delivery of the two courses. This strategy enabled the partnership to evolve from one where UNITAR assumed sole responsibility for training content and delivery, to one where both organizations are now jointly developing, delivering and evaluating training.  

 

Participants' comments
“The workshop composed of an excellent combination of case studies, real life situations and various exercises and presentations that made it possible of contextualization.”
 
“Trainers were extremely helpful in terms of understanding key issues.”
 

 

 
New Developments:

 

The Diplomatic Academy recently obtained registration from the South African Qualifications Authority for its Diplomatic and Cadet training courses. In both courses the UNITAR conference diplomacy and multilateral negotiation module is evaluated with a National Qualifications Framework level of 7 and is awarded 20 credits, equivalent to 200 notional hours of training. As part of the Institute’s ongoing partnership with South Africa, Diplomatic Academy trainers deliver this module to South African trainees in the Diplomacy and Cadet courses, and the with the international’ courses (i.e. SADC and e-Learning), UNITAR and South Africa deliver the training jointly. Our South African colleagues who took part in the 2006 training-of-trainers are now registered as Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) assessors for this module.

 

 

 
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Training Workshop on Diplomatic Protocol for Government Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea
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21 – 25 July 2008
 
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ASEAN Professional Development Workshop on Enhancing Performance in International Conferences
Bangkok, Thailand
1 – 6 October 2007
 
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Thai National Workshop Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation
Bangkok, Thailand
24 - 28 September 2007
 
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Multilateral Trade Negotiation, Diplomacy and Ministerial
Conferences Training Course for Government Officers of Thailand
Rayong, Thailand
16 - 21 July 2007
 
In partnership with the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) and with the support of the Royal Thai Government, UNITAR organized and implemented a training course on Multilateral Trade Diplomacy, Negotiation and Ministerial Conferences. Taking place in Rayong, Thailand, from 16 – 21 July 2007, this training course enabled the 31 participants to strengthen their knowledge as well as skills in WTO-related diplomacy. The course began with a general overview of the WTO’s institutional framework and its key principles and was followed by an analysis of the different modi and levels of negotiation at the WTO and the organization’s particular system of conferences. The focus of the course then shifted to the skills, strategies, techniques and insights essential to effective multilateral trade negotiations. Linking concepts and practice, the participants engaged actively in case studies and simulation exercises which were then carefully debriefed and discussed. The participants were given the opportunity to analyze their own behaviour in negotiations and practice the techniques introduced by the trainers. A high-level practitioner panel on the Thai participation in the Doha Round and on the Thai -Japanese Bilateral Trade Agreement was held on the last day of the five-day training course. The panel was composed of the Executive Director of the ITD, Mr. Sorajak Kasemsuvan, serving as president of the panel, the Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Mr. Virachai Plasai and the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Winichai Chaemchaeng.
 
 
 
Workshop on Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation for Diplomats from Saudi Arabia
Geneva, Switzerland
9 - 13 July 2007
 
UNITAR, in cooperation with the Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, designed and implemented a training workshop on Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation for 17 diplomats from Saudi Arabia. The workshop built on the successful implementation of similar activities for Saudi diplomats in 2005 and 2006. The course took place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 9 to 13 July 2007. The main objective was to improve the diplomats’ understanding of the dynamic aspects of multilateral negotiations while developing their capacity to participate effectively in such settings. Interactive presentations, case studies, exercises, video projections and a multilateral negotiation simulation exercise provided opportunities for group discussions and feedback from the trainers. The workshop was conducted in English, with Arabic interpretation.
 
 
 
SADC Regional Training Course on Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation
Pretoria, South Africa
18 - 25 June 2007
 
The Foreign Service Institute of South Africa and UNITAR organized its first 2007 workshop on Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation, with twenty-six participants from nine SADC countries taking part. The course aimed to provide enhanced awareness and understanding of the underlying dynamics of multilateral diplomacy, to introduce, develop and refine relevant skills for effective performance in multilateral diplomacy, and to provide an enabling environment to practice skills and know-how through exercises, simulations and other interactive training tools. The course included ten sessions, covering conference diplomacy, negotiation, resolution and decision drafting, consultations, chairing meetings and rules of procedure of UN organs and conferences. A full-day multilateral negotiation simulation was conducted to wrap together the various thematic sessions.
 
 
 
Diplomacy Training for Foreign Affairs Officers from the State of Eritrea
Asmara, Eritrea
28 May - 20 July 2007
 
 
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Capacity Building Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice and the Negotiation and Domestic Implementation of Treaty Obligations
Jakarta, Indonesia
30 January - 1 February 2007
 
 
During a three-day regional Capacity Building Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice and the Negotiation and Domestic Implementation of Treaty Obligations held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 30 January to 1 February 2007, UNITAR conducted a negotiation simulation exercise on the sustainable management and conservation of forests. The exercise was followed by a debriefing and discussion on the process of the simulated negotiations and performance of the participants. More than 60 government officials from Asian and Pacific Island Countries took part in the activity which was hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The workshop was a joint activity of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (UNOLA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Topics included Treaty Obligations, Human Rights Reporting Requirements, Environment Law, Transnational Crime and the Convention Against Corruption with case studies related to the Pacific Islands and Indonesia. On the whole, participants were positive about the negotiation simulation exercise, noting that this interactive session was not only practical but also “fun” and an “eye-opener” for first-time negotiators.