World Negotiation Day, organised by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), ADN Group and Global Citizen Forum, is a unique event. Some of the greatest negotiators will be present in round table discussions, to share their point of views, analysis and their relative experience with the major stakes of this new century. Global warming, resource management, power, and also demilitarisation, 5G, peace agreements… Negotiation is the only means of dealing with the challenges lying in wait, in a peaceful manner.Free registration
For the second World Negotiation Day, negotiators and experts will give talks in round-table discussions. Following the opening ceremony, two round-table discussions will take place on the subjects of bilateral and multilateral negotiation. They will be moderated, respectively, by Rabih el Haddad and Marwan Mery, and will include many renowned negotiators.
Internationally reputed negotiators will share their daily challenges, the impact of their actions and their view of world, as it becomes more and more complex.
Hend Al-Otaiba has been the Head of Communication Strategies at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, since March 2019. Prior to this, since April 2017, Mrs Al-Otaiba worked as an advisor in high-profile cases for the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Al-Otaiba worked for Abu Dhabi Media as Strategic Communications Director between 2012 and 2017. She also worked as Communication Manager for TDIC between 2008 and 2012.
Mr. Dor Shapira began working as an advisor for Congress in 2013. Before his assignment to Washington, he was a Political Advisor to the General Manager of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel.
Mr. Shapira received a degree in Diplomacy and Government from the Lauder School of Government and Interdisciplinary Centre in 2003, then an M.B.A. from Bar Ilan university in 2006. All throughout his higher education, Mr. Shapira worked in the private sector as project coordinator for the P2K program from the Jewish Agency, which unites Israeli communities with communities from all over the world (2005-2007). Mr. Shapira officially began his career in public service in the Department of Public Affairs in Jerusalem (2006-2007). Mr. Shapira then served Israel abroad as a spokesperson for political affairs in the Israeli embassy in Canberra, Australia (2007-2010).
An expert in International Business, in nutrition, climate and environment, Anne Le More is the chairwoman and co-founder of Chefs4thePlanet, a network of international chefs that promote healthy diet and sustainable cuisine. Prior to this, she worked for at the United Nations for twenty years, where she was the Principal Private Secretary at the UN Environment Headquarters based in Nairobi between 2016 and 2019.
She has also worked as head advisor for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development at the United Nations, concentrating on international commitment in conflict and post-conflict zones, connecting the fields of security, politics, development and aid organizations. She participated in a number of political mediation and peace-keeping process in the Middle East and Africa, specifically in Darfur and the Middle East peace process. She has a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.
Elayne Whyte Gómez is a Costa Rican diplomat and academic who has vast experience in human rights, disarmament, regional integration and international organization management.
She was the Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador, permanent Representative of Costa Rica in the United Nations in Geneva and Executive Director of the Mesoamerican project. She was chairwoman of the United Nations conference that negotiated the treaty for the prohibition of nuclear arms in 2017 and also participated in the management of several international disarmament systems. She actively participates in the human rights process at the Human Rights Council, at the HCDH and the United Nations Human Rights treaty bodies.
Daren Tang currently serves as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2020. Prior to his appointment as WIPO DG, he served as Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), driving the strategic transformation of IPOS in support of Singapore’s innovation-based economy.
Between 1997 and 2012, before joining IPOS, Daren Tang held different legal positions within the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. In 2016, he received the Public Administration Medal from the Prime Minister's Office Singapore for outstanding efficiency and competence in the service of his country.
Viktor Arvidsson is the Head of Strategy and Marketing at Ericsson, France. He is a graduate from Telecom ParisTech (1996) and has an M.B.A. from INSEAD (2004), Viktor Arvidsson is in charge of strategy, innovation, sustainable development and public affairs for Ericsson, France (as well as for Belgium, Luxemburg, Algeria and Tunisia). He is also in charge of the same things for the Global Orange account.
He was technical project manager at Bouygues Telecom and joined Ericsson in 2000, first as supervisor for radio engineering, and then held different positions in strategy and marketing. Viktor Arvidsson is a member of the management team of the professional syndicate AFNUM.
The negotiator who meets at least three of the following requirements is eligible for the Best Negotiator of the Year Award. The Award will be presented at the end of the event on March 9th, 2021.
The following requirements are necessary for eligibility:
To apply for the Negotiator of the Year Award 2020:
The jury is made up of men and women who contribute, each day, to make the world a better place through negotiation. In the latest World Negotiation Day, they have come together to select the 2020 Best Negotiator and to present him/her with the award.
S.E. Rodolfo Solano Quirós is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Costa Rica. From 2002 till 2010 he was the Minister Counsellor and Consul at the Costa Rican embassy in Korea, and between 2007 and 2009, he was the ambassador for the special mission for the opening process for Costa Rican embassies in Singapore and India. From 2010 to 2013 he held the position on Minister Counsellor and General Consul in Japan, and from 2015 to 2019, he was the Costa Rican ambassador in Korea, Brunei Darussalam and in Malaysia.
Mrs. Corinne Momal-Vanian is the executive director for the Kofi Annan Foundation. Prior to this, she held several high-level positions and worked in several different countries for the United Nations, most recently as head of conference management for the United Nations Office in Geneva (2015-2020) and head of information (2010-2015).
Mrs. Momal-Vanian was the special assistant for Kofi Annan in 2005 and 2006, traveling with him to over twenty different countries to resolve crisis, diffuse tensions, highlight the critical situation of certain communities and individuals suffering from abuse and discrimination, develop international co-operation and reinforce support for development and justice. She worked for six years in the Secretary General’s office, after taking part in two economic and social regional commissions for the United Nations.
Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian journalist and documentary maker who was the 27th Governor General of Canada (2005-2007) and the first person of African origin to hold this position. She then became the first woman to hold the position of Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie (2015-2019).
On the 27th September 2005, Jean was officially given the position of Canada’s Governor General. She is the first Haitian immigrant to hold a position as a representative of viceroyalty of the British Monarchy in Canada. As Governor General, Jean increased communication between Canada’s French and English communities, as well as with the other cultural groups in the country.
Dr Fatima Akilu is a psychologist and lecturer in the fields of prevention and the fight against extremist violence (LEV) and counter-terrorism. She is currently the Executive Director of the Neem Foundation, the former Director of Behavioural Analysis and Communication Strategies in the Counsel Office for National Security in Nigeria, where she worked on the programme against extremist violence in the country in 2014. She is also part of the Global Strategy Network team with the Industrial expert Richard Barrett and other people.
Prior to this, she was head of communication for the Lead Special Assistant to the President on the Millenary objectives for development and Head of the Committee of the Editorial Board of Leadership Newspapers.
Rabih El Haddad leads the Department of Multilateral Diplomacy that include the Multilateral Diplomacy and International Law programmes, as well as the New York UNITAR Office. He plays a key role in support of the United Nations intergovernmental machinery to obtain an informed and efficient multilateral decision.
The achieve this, Rabih El Haddad works hand in hand with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretaires of the Governing Bodies of the United Nations, Ministries charges with complex international negotiations as well as universities and thought groups in the private sector. During his long career, he supported important negotiations carried out by the G77, the PMA Group, the African Group, PEID and CCG.
Rabih El Haddad is highly experienced in negotiations focused on results, division of knowledge and reinforcing capacity. He has supported preparations for Delegate State Members for the AG, CS, ECOSOC, CDP of the CCNUCC and negotiations leading to the adoption of the post-2015 agenda.
Applauded by the press as one of the best negotiators in the world, Marwan Mery works with businesses, government organisations and NGOs, of any size, to resolve complex situations, including critical cases (kidnapping ad ransom, extortion, suicidal persons), social conflict, commercial negotiations, diplomatic relations and even patient-physician relations (for example, when patients refuse to take their treatments).
In 2013, he founded ADN Group, a global network of professional negotiators. In 2016, the French-American television series Ransom – produced by Frank Spotnitz (X-Files) – is based on Marwan’s professional experience and tells the story of a crisis negotiator. In 2019, Marwan Mery was nominated a permanent member of the jury for World Negotiation Day at the UN. He is the author of dozens of publications on negotiation and related subjects. After teaching at the Sorbonne for five years, he is currently a regular lecturer at HEC Paris.
Today, he is Chairman of both ADN Group and the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation International Academy (HCNIA). He spends 50% of his time on the field and manages his overseas teams and offices from Paris.
The Second World Negotiation Day will take place on March 9th 2021 from 2PM till 5:30PM live from the United Nations Palace in Geneva. The event will take place as a Live session.To register