Date: 21-22 October 2011

Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Coordinator: Mr. Olivier Portoff


Although negotiations on peace and security are strongly determined by members of the Security Council, other countries have successfully brought their negotiation skills to work and constructively influenced the Council’s agenda and decision-making. In addition to Security Council members, non-membeArs of the Council have crucially contributed to the development and inclusion of new concepts and issues on the agenda, such as the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in particular children and women.

Eleven years ago, the Secretary-General reported for the first time on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/1999/957). Since that time, Member States have adopted several resolutions, hence developing mechanisms to protect those most vulnerable in situations of armed conflict, notably children and women. 2010, for instance, marks the tenth anniversary of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) emphasizing the special needs and important role of women and girls. Five years ago, in resolution 1612 (2005), the Security Council focused for the first time exclusively on the protection of children in armed conflict. Despite widely shared concern about the issues at stake, negotiators preparing for and conducting negotiations in the Council or contributing from outside still face numerous challenges. Many of these challenges will be addressed in the context of this workshop.

In order to provide delegates with the skills necessary to negotiate effectively, this workshop will introduce participants to the particular dynamics of Security Council negotiations and address the challenges involved from the negotiator’s perspective in above-mentioned areas.

Related Documents:

Working documents of 2010 Workshop:

Information note

Draft programme

Working documents of 2009 Workshop:

 Session II) The negotiating environment in the Security Council

Session IV) The protection of civilians

  Session V) Women, Peace and Security 

  Session VI) Children and Armed Conflict