Global Negotiation Conference 2016
Negotiating an International Agreement on Large Movements of Refugees
29 June - 1 July: University of Bern
The Global Negotiation Conference was held from the 29 June - 1 July at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The conference opened with a keynote speech by Shaden Khallaf, Senior Policy Officer, United Nations High Commissoner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Workshops and presentations were given by Rene Pfromm (Pfromm Negotiators), Mikkel Gudsoe (Aarhus University), Ida Manton (University of Economics, Prague), Julia Federer (swisspeace), Rudolf Schussler (University of Bayreuth) and Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford).
The City of Bern was once again kind enough to welcome participants to a reception at the Bern City Hall which boasts picturesque views across the city.
Speakers at GNC 2016
On the final day of the conference ten teams took part in a multiparty negotiation simulation based on discussions due to take place at the United Nations General Assembly later in the year. The teams spent 8 hours negotiating and with time running out they finally concluded an agreement agreed upon by everyone.
The team from the University of Belgrade was commended as the most constructive during the simulation, followed by the teams from the University of Bern and the Australian National University.
After a long day of negotiations participants were able to relax at the final dinner on a warm summers evening.
You can see more pictures from the conference here.