On Wednesday 23 November, 10 leaders from unrepresented nations and peoples across the world met in Geneva for a ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop on how to deliver specially tailored UN Advocacy trainings to their own groups, communities, and movements.
This was the culmination of the Unrepresented Diplomats’ project, which saw three skills-sharing workshops on UN advocacy in Geneva, Oxford and Brussels. The participation of skilled practitioners – experienced lobbyists from the groups, as well as external experts – ensured a deep learning about the challenges of conducting advocacy at the UN when you are not represented by a state, and methods to combat and overcome those challenges.
The Training of Trainers’ program asked participants to identify their groups’ training needs, and to recall past positive and negative experiences of trainings they had attended or run. Participants then gave their feedback on a comprehensive draft of a set of training materials which will now be further strengthened and released for the use of all activists and lobbyists from unrepresented nations and peoples engaging at the UN, or those thinking about doing so. The workshop also included practice of teaching and facilitating, with role-plays and examples.
The participants provided valuable feedback and this, along with the project’s in-house expertise will produce a strong final set of training materials. The training pack will be released early next year through UNPO.
For further details see the UNPO's report on the workshop here here.