UNITAR Delivered Three Training Workshops for Saudi Diplomats in London, Moscow and Ottawa

6 Junly 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started their 2017 collaboration with the successful implementation of three face-to-face workshops in three different countries for Saudi diplomats in April and May 2017. Starting a collaboration in 2005, UNITAR has organized numerous successful training events for Saudi Arabian diplomats, providing them with a unique learning environment and enhancing their knowledge and skills in diplomacy and international affairs.

UNITAR workshops for Saudi diplomatsThe first workshop was held from 24-28 April 2017 in London, United Kingdom on the topic of Cultural and Public Diplomacy and was dedicated to enhancing the participants’ understanding of concepts, main components and challenges of public and cultural diplomacy. The workshop was led by Mr. Shaun Riordan and Ms. Jasna Jelisic, both well-known and recognized experts in the field of Public Diplomacy with each more than ten years of experience and numerous publications.

Two weeks later, from 8-12 May 2017 a workshop on Russian Foreign Policy and Mechanisms of Decision-Making was held in Moscow, Russian Federation. It was dedicated to enhancing participants’ understanding of major topics of Russian foreign policy, mechanisms of decision-making in Russia and the role of the Russian Federation in the international system. The workshop was implemented with the Foreign Policy Analysis Group.

UNITAR workshop for Saudi diplomatsThe third workshop was held from 15-19 May 2017 in Ottawa, Canada on Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation. The training was designed to enhancing participants’ skills and knowledge in the field of conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills necessary to the resolution of crisis situations. It was led by Mr. Alain Lempereur, a well-known and experienced expert in conflict resolution who is consulted by both the public and private sector. Another distinguished speaker was Mr. Frederick Packer, an expert on mediation and conflict resolution.

All three workshops were composed of theoretical introductions as well as a variety of practical exercises and simulations, in order to allow participants to apply and practice their newly acquired skills and knowledge.

After the workshops, participants awareness and knowledge of the multilateral working environments of the places they visited, as well as the decision-making processes in those cities and countries had increased and participants were able to enhance their core skills to perform more effectively in multilateral diplomacy.

UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme looks forward to implementing five more activities for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the second half of 2017.

Photos: Participants of the workshop