Description of the Workshops

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. 

PAST PRESENTERS INCLUDE: 

• Ms. Alexandra Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.

• Mr. Shawn Watts, Associate Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.

Upcoming Courses

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.

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

Event Focal Point Email: pelayo.alvarez@unitar.org

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Past Spring 2019 Courses

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.

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. 

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. 

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