22 February 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – A global pandemic. A climate emergency. Ongoing armed conflict. These are just some of the issues on the agenda at World Negotiation Day.

Together with ADN Group, UNITAR is organizing the second edition of World Negotiation Day on 9 March 2021. The event will bring together some of the world’s top negotiators from the public and private sectors – ambassadors, leaders, and executives – who have shaped some of the pivotal events of 2020.

UN Photo/Mark Garten
UN Photo/Mark Garten
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A programme of global scale

One of these events is the remarkable UAE - Israel agreement – the Abraham Accords. In a year of unceasing bad news, the world awoke in August to a surprise resolution to one of the world’s longest-running disputes. UNITAR is proud to host two of those negotiators in the room – Ms. Hend Otaiba from the UAE, and Mr. Dor Shapira from Israel. These veteran negotiators will share their experiences in forging a deal that could well reshape the region, and highlight lessons for other conflicts around the world.

The programme will then shift to a global stage, as our panel of ambassadors and executives consider the future of multilateralism and global citizenship. Recent international developments, including the appointment of Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as WTO Director-General, have spurred hopes that multilateral institutions will return to form, as global crises continue to stack up. Climate change, new technologies, armed conflict, and the very notion of ‘global citizen’ are at stake, and the future of forums such as the G20 and G77 will depend on whether they can offer viable solutions.

Best Negotiator of the Year Prize

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World Negotiation Day will also see our jury of distinguished negotiators and leaders confer the Prize for 2020 “Best Negotiator of the Year”. Drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, the international jury will choose between a range of negotiators who have distinguished themselves on the international stage in 2020. The winner will have had significant accomplishments in the field of negotiations, demonstrating leadership and inventiveness in adverse situations. Join us to see who will make the cut!

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