WFUNA’s Advanced Training at the UN: China,January 2016

January 23 to 3 February 2016,the 18th WFUNA's Advanced Training at the UN: China with RCUNIO hosted by the United Nations Association of the World Federation (WFUNA) co-organized by  the United Nations and international organizations research center of Beijing Foreign Studies University( RCUNIO) was successfully held in the headquarters of the United Nations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. During the time of 12, ATP students contact with the officials of the United Nations and the international community,get the general idea of the United Nations in the office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, world refugee assistance programs, environmental protection and occupational development. During the study, students visit the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was investigated, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In addition, after a long hard working session students visit the Olympic Museum, arrived in Milan,get the chance to watch the Serie A football game, listening to  Academy of fine arts "Italian fashion found in brigade course, walk into the Prada funds, feel diversified charm of the art.


Monday – The UN and Multilateralism

On the first day of Advanced Training Program at the UN, Naïs Mouret,Training and Education Fellow from WFUNA, introduced WFUNA and its work to our group of 16 students. This introductory session was followed by a briefing on the UN system presented by Jana Bauerova, Perception Change Project Officer, from the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). After lunch, the group enjoyed a UN guided tour which was an excellent opportunity to familiarize themselves with the UN and its work in Geneva.

In the afternoon, the students had the pleasure to meet with Meg Riggs, Information Officer at the U.S. Mission and discussed three key aspects to understand a country's position in the negotiation process: interests, values and leverage.

Tuesday – Humanitarian Affairs

The group started its second training day with a briefing from Luc Brandt, Senior Advisor at the UNHCR. He provided us with a passionate recite on projects for refugees he has been working on. Mr. Brandt illustrated the complexity of the current migration crisis and general problems international organizations face such as UNHCR. He also explained the functionning of refugee camps in Burundi and Tanzania.

The day continued with a presentation of the work and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Naïs gave our students an in-depth insight into the missions of the ICRC, underlining key values of independence, neutrality, impartiality and humanity. The students were then invited to visit the ICRC Museum.

Wednesday – Environment

Time to act for the students on the third day of the training! They started the Greening the Globe Role Play, which is a simulation on climate change including different stages of negotiations. First thing in the morning, Naïs explained the rules of procedure and the Role Play objectives. Seven countries were entitled to reach a consensus and adopt a binding resolution on climate change within the following three days. Two journalists followed the conference closely and reported daily to the countries' representatives. In order to make the students familiar with current climate change issues,Blandine Jochem, our Educational Events Consultant, gave them an overview on the interrelation between international cooperation and climate change impacts.

In the afternoon, Aziel Goulandris, our Education Officer, briefed the students on diplomacy and multilateralism. Did you know that the word “diplomate” comes from the Greek word ”δίπλωμα” , meaning "folded paper"? In Ancient Greece the diplomatic communication passed only through folded cards.

The day ended with an interactive quiz on the topics of the week and a sunny visit around the beautiful park of the United Nations.

Thursday – Technology and Development

The fourth day kicked off with a visit at the ICT museum where our students immersed into the fascinating world of telecommunications. In a more in-depth presentation, Ji Young Cho, ITU Officer, presented the history of the ITU and the evolution of telecommunication technology from the first inventions until now. Then, they had the possibility to try out a telegraphic machine, old phones and a brand-new game of criminal investigation on hacking.

Tania Dhakhwa, UNICEF Communication Specialist, inspired the students with a talk about the different areas of UNICEF actions worldwide. She took the example of assistance for children in need after the devastating earthquake in Nepal 2015.

The group headed back to the office for the next Greening the Globe session: negotiation and debate. In the afternoon, the students tried to convince other states to support their interests and drafted the final pre-ambulatory and operative clauses.

Friday – Career Development

On the last day, participants had to discuss and adopt the final draft resolution. It all started with a formal negotiation session where the students learnt how to argue and convice the Assembly in order to ensure that their clause would pass. After a couple of hours of intensive work to amend the final text, the resolution was successfully adopted.

In the afternoon, the students had the opportunity to meet with two interns, who happily shared their experiences at the UN and in NGOs. During this informal meeting, the students could get answers to all of their questions with regards to their career development. The day ended with group presentations on what the students had learnt throughout the week.

Switzerland&Milan –  Team building&Outward Bound

After a long hard working week,students heading to Olympic Museum in Lausanne,go through the entire area of Geneva lake.,visting the most famous and magnificent historical relics.During the weekend students drove out to visit Milan the city of art and fashion.Watched the league of International AC VS Inter Milan,attend the class  hosted by NUOVA ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI, going around an exhibition hall of PRADA fund.

We sinerely wish that the Chinese youth have a better social communication ability, creat their own life path in the future,removing obstacles to success,grasp the opportunity, being confident.

We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!