Multilateralism, in the context of international trade, the monetary system, disarmament and security or the environment, is founded on the notion that international cooperative regimes must represent a broad consensus among member states of the international community if management of conflicts of interest are to be effective. A vast continent currently in a phase of transition, Africa faces the challenges to articulate coherent positions, overcome institutional incapacities and transcend regional differences in negotiations on financing for development taking place in multilateral fora such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Bank Group (WBG), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and World Trade Organisation (WTO), in its attempt to effectively meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
The objective of this workshop is to equip middle and senior-level African negotiators with the necessary background knowledge and understanding of development finance, international financial architecture, and key negotiation issues pertinent to financing for development as well as the required skills to perform effectively in multilateral financial negotiations.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to (a) comprehend key concepts of development finance, (b) explain the international financial system, including negotiations on financing for development to date, (c) appreciate international considerations for decision-making in the area of financing for development, (e) actively contribute to regional or national strategies in financing for development, and (f) appraise the key issues in the on-going negotiations on financing for development, and recognize and analyze the next steps towards achieving internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Africa in the prevailing global financial environment.
- The present Financial Challenges facing Africa.
- Financial Negotiations: What is Africa’s interest?
- Financial Services: Banking, MicroFinance, and Movement of Capital.
- Financial Instruments in the Public and private sector.
- The Legal aspects of Typical Financing.
- Technical Assistance in Financial and Trade Negotiations.
- Case Study: Multilateral Financial Negotiations.
The workshop will be led by a senior international expert with in-depth knowledge of multilateral financial negotiation in relation to Sub-Saharan Africa. Additional international and regional experts will also be involved. Additionally, participants will be expected to present topics pertaining to their specific experience.
This two-day workshop will expose participants to key issues related to multilateral financial negotiations. Each session will involve a detailed exposé of the subject matter as well as a round table discussion. Certain sessions may include group work. A pack of training and reading materials will be provided for each module. The last module will consist of recommendations by participants and a wrap-up by the Workshop Director. The workshop will be conducted in the English language.
Diplomats and officials from English-speaking African countries involved in multilateral financial negotiations.
The workshop will take place at the International Environment House (IEH) in Geneva, Switzerland, and will be conducted in the English language.
UNITAR reserve the right to make a selection among candidates, if necessary. The selected candidates are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment and to attend the workshop in its entirety.
Participants are expected to cover their own expenses and arrange for their own travel including local transfer to the workshop venue and back. Any accommodation expenses are also borne by the participants.