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Workshop on Diplomatic Protocol for Geneva-based Diplomats

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Geneva, Switzerland
31 Aug 2010 to 1 Sep 2010
Duration of event:
2 Days
Programme Area:
Multilateral Diplomacy
Specific Target Audience:
Core Diplomatic Training
No Fee
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Representatives of governments and from other bodies such as international and non-governmental organizations must be able to comfortably and professionally operate in a multilateral environment, whether for a work-related social or conference event setting. Understanding and studying the code of conduct and formal rules enables the diplomat and professional to more effectively do his or her job, and thus achieve their institutional objectives. In this context, diplomatic protocol remains a basic necessity of a diplomatic representative or professional.

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
• List and define UN Guidelines on Diplomatic Courtesy; 
• Understand the specificities of protocol and etiquette in Geneva; 
• Perform their duties in a more professional manner; 
• Know how to react to commonly experienced protocol-related situations.

The workshop's structure is defined as follows:

Day 1, 31 August 2009
• Welcome, introduction and workshop’s objectives
• Meaning of the Protocol in the diplomatic world
• Presentation
• Visit at the Geneva International Airport (TBC)

Day 2, 01 September 2009
• Practical exercises on Protocol
• Debriefing and discussion 
• Conclusion

The course will include the following elements:
• Explanation of the specificities of Geneva;
• Presentation of the Swiss, Geneva and UN protocol rules;
• Practical exercises and study of interesting cases;
• Visit of the facilities of Geneva International Airport for the arrival of “High Ranking Personalities" (NOTE: this activity is to be confirmed).

Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate after the successful completion of the workshop.

The workshop is open to members of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva, irrespective of their ranks and functions, in particular recently accredited diplomats from developing countries who are new to a multilateral environment and those who are in charge of protocol at their Permanent Mission.

Applicants are encouraged to also apply to the complementary briefing preceding this workshop, entitled Briefing on the Privileges and Immunities of Geneva-based Diplomats, on 30 August, 2010.

If necessary, UNITAR reserves the right to make a selection among candidates. The selected candidates are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment and to attend the course in its entirety. Please do not apply if you think you may not be able to attend all sessions.

As from 1 July 2010, participation of delegates from OECD Member States is subject to a semi-annual subscription for core diplomatic training courses in Geneva (see letter CL/rha/10/249).

Delegates of non-OECD Member States may still participate free of charge. Other individuals wishing to participate may contact the UNITAR’s Mulitlateral Diplomacy Programme to inquire about the terms and conditions. 

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