30 November 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) successfully hosted the third edition of World Negotiation Day at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Co-hosted by the ADN Group and generously sponsored by the State of Qatar, this year's event marked a significant milestone in the current global landscape, emphasizing the critical role of multilateral diplomacy and the skillful use of mediation in solving conflicts and fostering a culture of peace
We are currently living in very turbulent times with multiple and overlapping crises and, hence, the international peace and security architecture is under enormous strain. Therefore, the work of the United Nations is more necessary than ever. In this regard, multilateral negotiations and mediation are essential tools to achieve the objectives of our Organization by fostering a culture of diplomacy and cooperation. Emphasizing the importance of multilateralism and the skillful use of mediation, we can strive to resolve conflicts and construct enduring, sustainable peace. Negotiations wield significant influence, affecting not only the lives of those directly involved but, more profoundly, shaping the destinies of those whose futures hang in the balance.
Amidst the escalating global volatility, World Negotiation Day has solidified its standing as a pivotal platform for addressing pressing global challenges through the prism of dialogue and collaboration. The event served as a nexus for diplomats, negotiators, and experts from diverse fields, converging to share insights and strategies crucial for effective negotiation and conflict resolution.
Mr. Rabih El-Haddad, Director of the Division for Multilateral Diplomacy at UNITAR, expressed the event's significance:
In times of increasing volatility and complexity, World Negotiation Day serves as a beacon for fostering understanding, collaboration, and effective communication. UNITAR remains dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations with the necessary skills to navigate these challenges through dialogue and diplomacy.
Mr Marwan Mery, CEO, and Co-founder of ADN Group, underscored the critical importance of effective negotiation in navigating the intricate tapestry of global challenges:
Negotiation is an art that plays a vital role in resolving disputes and fostering understanding. The diverse range of topics covered in this year's event reflects the multifaceted nature of negotiation dynamics.
The day concluded with the Award for Best Negotiator 2023, recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of negotiation. The honour was presented to Mr Farid Jean Chrabieh by H.E. Mrs Hend Abdalrahman Al-Muftah and Mr Nikhil Seth, symbolizing the collaborative efforts of the State of Qatar and UNITAR in fostering a culture of effective negotiation for positive global change.
In her address, Ambassador Al-Muftah commended Mr. Chrabieh's dedication to the art of negotiation, stating:
In a world facing unprecedented challenges, it is individuals like Mr. Chrabieh who exemplify the spirit of collaboration and diplomacy.
Mr Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR, also praised Mr. Chrabieh's achievements, saying:
Mr. Chrabieh's commitment to excellence in negotiation aligns with the values that UNITAR seeks to promote. As we navigate complex global issues, recognizing and celebrating individuals who contribute significantly to the field is essential.
In addition, World Negotiation Day provided an enriching platform for participants to engage in meaningful discussions on the current state of global affairs and the pivotal role of the art of negotiation and mediation in addressing cross-cutting global challenges such as climate change, conflict resolution, and sustainable development. The event underscored the profound importance of multilateral diplomacy as an indispensable tool for building bridges between nations and fostering a more peaceful and prosperous world.
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About Mr. Farid Jean Chrabieh
Mr. Chrabieh is a senior professional international negotiator and a recognized expert in crisis management, high-stakes negotiations, and complex humanitarian mediations. He currently works at the International Committee of the Red Cross as their Hostage Incident Management Adviser and Chief Negotiator. He leads the ICRC’s Hostage Negotiations Team, the first in the history of the organization and which he cofounded, trained and mentored. He earned his nomination thanks to his exceptional efforts in navigating challenging and high-stakes negotiations concerning hostage cases, demonstrating resilience and proficiency, even in the most hostile environments, where he engaged with non-state armed groups.