Governments and increasingly other actors such as international and non-governmental organizations use multilateral conferences as a means to achieve important policy objectives. As the number of conferences and meetings has risen considerably over the past twenty years, the number of government officers and other stakeholders involved in conference processes has also increased significantly. While diplomats remain at the centre of diplomacy, government officials assigned to line ministries and agencies, as well as staff of intergovernmental organizations and NGOs, are increasingly finding themselves in the role of the multilateral conference delegate.
After this course you will be able to:
- Identify how conferences unfold;
- Name the rules of procedure and their value in advancing delegates’ objectives;
- Explain the importance of informal consultations;
- Identify how to prepare for multilateral conferences.
The course is designed to be interactive and participatory, including various pedagogical tools to enable the participants to function effectively and efficiently in multilateral conferences The course will be built on four pedagogical pillars: concept learning (lectures and presentations), role-playing (group exercises), experience sharing (roundtable discussions) and exposure to real world problems and policy choices delegates are confronted with.
The course targets mid to senior-level government officials in ministries and diplomats preparing for, taking part in conferences and/or chairing conferences. The workshop is also open to staff of intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations and senior managers from the private sector.
The course will take place on April 3-4 at the Vienna International Center (VIC), in Vienna, Austria. The course will be conducted in English.