Workshop on Negotiating, Drafting and Adopting United Nations Resolutions
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Member states of the United Nations have, among other duties, the responsibility to suggest, discuss, draft, negotiate and adopt resolutions at the General Assembly, the Security Council as well as the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. These resolutions address substantial as well as procedural questions aimed at contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ objectives.
The workshop proposed by UNITAR aims to familiarise participants with the process of drafting, negotiating and adopting United Nations resolutions. An enhanced understanding of this process will enable participants to contribute more actively to the negotiations taking place within the different organs of the United Nations while allowing for representatives and delegates to defend their interests in a more impactful way.
The overall objective of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the structure and the process leading to the adoption of United Nations resolutions, in order to allow them to detect the many issues that can come into play in the drafting and negotiation phases.
More specifically, at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Differentiate the documents issued by the different organs of the United Nations;
- Understand the specific structure of these documents and their numbering;
- Draft a United Nations resolution;
- Appreciate the importance of consultation in the process leading from negotiating to adopting United Nations resolutions;
- Use the rules of multilateral conferences or meetings in a more efficient way to negotiate and adopt United Nations resolutions.
Content and Structure
The workshop will consist of three parts. The first part will be devoted to a session on the documents issued by the different bodies of the UN, the structure of these documents, and the functions of their different constituent parts. During the second part of the workshop, participants will be involved in practical drafting exercises. The third part of the training will focus on all aspects of decision making in the different bodies of the United Nations.
The methodology used for the training is very much based on the idea of “practical learning”. The sessions will be highly participative in nature, combining power point presentations, exercises, case studies and group discussions.
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. Members of international or nongovernmental organizations are welcome to apply.
The deadline for registration is 13 November 2013
The workshop will take place at the International Environment House (IEH); Châtelaine, Geneva.
The workshop will be conducted in English. The participants will be provided with a set of background material at the beginning of the course. Participants who have followed the workshop in its entirety will be awarded a course certificate.
Registration for the workshop has to be done online, clicking on the box "How to register" higher on this page.
The course participation fee is 800 USD.
We highly recommend credit card payments. Participants may pay individually per course attended, or their government may wish to cover the costs of an annual subscription. More information about UNITAR’s Core Diplomacy Training (CDT) pricing policy is available at: http://www.unitar.org/mdp/cdt.
A fee-waiver is applicable to requesting members of Permanent missions from countries classified by the World Bank as “lower-income”, “lower-middle income”, and “higher-middle income” economies. To apply for a fee waiver diplomats only have to send an email containing their contact details and the course title to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee-waiver fellowship covers the participation fee however it does not cover any travel expenditures.
Registration will be closed as soon as the course is full and your place will be secured once your payment is confirmed.
Important: Upon course registration, the applicant accepts to make the full payment for the UNITAR course(s) immediately following receipt of the invoice and payment information. UNITAR reserves the right to rescind an applicant's enrollment at any time in case of non-receipt of payment. Payment is non-reimbursable but upon approval may be credited to another course.
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