This groundbreaking series, taking place every Spring and Fall since 2016, UNITAR-NYO and the Columbia Law School Mediation Program, with the full backing of Columbia Law School and Columbia University, provide rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming delivered to United Nations diplomats and change agents around the world. Our individual, day-long courses leverage Columbia’s unparalleled strength in the area of conflict resolution, weaving it in with skills-building programming that acknowledges the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. Participants in these individual, day-long programs receive Certificates of Attendance signed by top-level officials at Columbia University, Columbia Law School, and UNITAR. The programs are designed for delegates at any level who wish to achieve mastery of negotiation, mediation, and multilateral conflict resolution processes, and implement them toward solving the world’s most difficult problems.
Each series, UNITAR–Columbia Programs are comprised of three one-day modules. Participants are encouraged to enroll in the entire series of training programs; those who do will be given the opportunity to come to a special invitation-only seminar, with no additional cost, at the Law School with leading conflict resolution, human rights, and other academics. Enrollment in individual modules is also available. The workshops deliver rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming for United Nations diplomats.
TRAININGS LED BY:
• Ms. Alexandra Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.
Alex Carter is an internationally renowned keynote speaker and negotiation coach, specializing in delivering research-backed, tactical, and approachable negotiation and leadership training. For more than a decade, she has been a professor at Columbia Law School and a leading keynote speaker to the Fortune 500, United Nations, and AmLaw 200 – helping companies achieve more from their negotiations from behind some of the biggest boardroom doors in the world. Her highly-rated keynotes and small group workshops cover topics such as strategic negotiation, self-advocacy, amplification, leadership, and executive presence.
Professor Carter has been training delegates at the United Nations since 2012.
Upcoming Courses for FALL 2022
The workshops will deliver the most rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming for United Nations diplomats. Our individual day-long courses will leverage Columbia’s unparalleled strength in the area of conflict resolution, weaving it in with skills building programming that acknowledges the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
The programs are designed for delegates at any level who wish to achieve mastery of negotiation, mediation and multilateral conflict resolution processes, and implement them toward solving the world’s most difficult problems.
A certificate will be awarded to each participating delegate at the end of the series. If one or two sessions are completed, the certificate will be signed by Professor Alexandra Carter, main guest speaker from Columbia University Law School and H.E Mr. Marco Suazo, UNITAR NYO Head of Office. If all three series are attended, the certificate will be signed by Ms. Gillian Lester, Dean of Columbia University Law School and H.E Mr. Nikhil Seth, UNITAR NYO Executive Director and Assistant Secretary General.
The following workshops will be offered:
-Empowering Women in the Peace Process (Wednesday 26th October 2022,10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST)
Negotiation is not a zero-sum game. It’s an essential skill for your career that can also improve your closest relationships and your everyday life. Still, people often shy away from it, feeling defeated before they’ve even started. This is particularly the case with women professionals – who have been taught incorrectly that the loudest and most assertive voice prevails in any negotiation, or otherwise, both sides compromise, ending up with less. Instead, in this interactive workshop from the Columbia Law School Advanced Mediation Clinic, Professor Alexandra Carter and trained mediators will underscore the tangible benefits that women bring to conflict resolution, highlight the gendered differences that can arise in the workplace, and show––through a powerful ten-question framework––that you get far more value by asking the right questions of the person you’re negotiating with than you do from arguing with them.
-Conflict Resolution in the Era of Political Polarization (Monday 14th November 2022 ,10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST)
As we enter Fall 2022, mediators and parties alike find themselves in a post-pandemic era of political polarization where there is widespread distrust of people with differing political ideologies. This age of political polarization impacts every aspect of negotiation, including self-mediator impartiality and the quality of the mediation process. In this interactive workshop from the Columbia Law School Advanced Mediation Clinic, participants will revisit how to manage conflict with people who have differing political views. Additionally, participants will examine how polarization produces negotiator bias and discuss best practices when negotiating in a polarized environment.
-Leadership -- Leadership & Self-Awareness (Monday 5th December 2022,10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST)
In this interactive workshop from the Columbia Law School Advanced Mediation Clinic, participants will focus on developing negotiation fundamentals for diplomatic leadership. They will expand their conceptions of how one can negotiate thoughtfully and successfully, explore the importance of active listening for effective communication and dispute resolution, and understand the importance of questions and information gathering.
Participants may expect:
- Innovative, multidisciplinary teaching at an equivalent level to that seen in Columbia University and Columbia Law School degree programs
- Access to the best Columbia Law School faculty and experts
- Interactive exercises with individual coaching toward greater skills mastery
- Rigorous programs delivering the latest in theory toward the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
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- 04 March 2019: Leadership & Self Awareness
The workshop focused on enhancing the leadership capacities of the attendees by focusing on their awareness of 'self'. The morning session focused on understanding and navigating the 'self' as an instrument of impact and change by a deeper appreciatiton of the Internatnal and External Self Awareness. This involved learning about effective communication with a focus on self-awareness and using self-reflection as a tool for effective communication.
The Workshop concentrated on the methods to maximize the effectiveness of the questions we ask during our conversations, avoiding potential misunderstandings, and enhance productivity.
The morning session included: (i) the most common ways in which people tend to formulate questions, (ii) how to tailor our questions to the information we hope to receive, and (iii) how to use questions to encourage problem-solving.
- 01 April 2019: Gender Equality in Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution
The Workshop focused on understanding the importance of gender equality in the workplace and the need to make endemic changes at organizational levels to augment women's participation. The morning session focused primarily on the significance of having women in the workplace, and the recognition of barriers to gender equality. Significant trends and case studies on gender equality were discussed.
- 14 May 2019: Conflict Resolutions for Environmental Protection
This Workshop concentrated on environmental conflict resolution, which echoes the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water, energy, climate, air and so on (goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15). The morning session focused on the complexity of environmental negotiations and communication skills useful for facilitating the conversations. Significant trends and case studies on environmental negotiations will be discussed. The afternoon session built on the morning session and focused on the dynamics between different interest groups in one negotiation. This involved a mock multi-party negotiation on a key infrastructure project which may have a huge environmental impact.