Personal effectiveness

Negotiation and decision-making in the United Nations
Bron: Clingendael
Training type
Training category
Personal effectiveness
Training location
New York, United States
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As a diplomat, how can you improve your negotiation skills in the UN? What is your personal style in negotiating and how can you use different styles to prevent deadlocks? What is the process of decision-making in the General Assembly and the Security Council?

These and more questions are addressed during seminars in negotiations and decision-making in a UN context. The seminars cover essential skills and insights to work in a complex multilateral organisation like the UN, where the ultimate aim is for its Member States to reach consensus on issues related to peace and security, sustainable development, poverty eradication, human rights, and humanitarian assistance.

One of those seminars is the annual training designed for diplomats in New York:

  • In 2016, a group of 30 diplomats from 20 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) participated in the course that was organised in cooperation with UNITAR and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    One of the diplomats noted after the training in 2016: “I had a great two days and came away with so much. It was very informative, very well presented, plus enjoyable. It will be an excellent reference training for me in my work practice.
  • In November 2017, diplomats of the six elected members of the UN Security Council for 2018 and 2019, including the Netherlands, are trained by Clingendael Academy.

    Simulations and exercises focus on the New York context and this specific organ, in order to contribute to the preparation for their membership. In June last year, Italy and the Netherlands decided to split the two-year membership period and each serve one year. On the 1st of January 2018 the Netherlands takes over from Italy and will likely draw the attention to themes such as conflict prevention, the nexus climate-security, gender, and humanitarian assistance.

    This course is also organised in cooperation with UNITAR and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.