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UN module launched at Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean
Published on August 6, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In anticipation of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), the University of the West Indies (UWI) Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean’s fourth module will focus on Understanding the United Nations. This module is geared towards helping government officials and civil society representatives understand how the United Nations system works and the issues that will be discussed in the Security Council, the General Assembly and the various UN committees during the 69th session of the UNGA.

The week-long intensive module will be led by Dr Walther Lichem, former Austrian ambassador who served in a number of capacities at the United Nations during his professional career. He will be joined by Professor W. Andy Knight, director of the Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies. Knight has served as vice chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and has written extensively on the workings of the United Nations.

Participants will be equipped with an understanding of how the United Nations system contributes to multilateral diplomacy and global governance.

According to Knight, “Each participant in this module will be given the skills to operate within the UN and to punch above his/her weight in UN General Assembly debates. The goal of this module is to prepare both state and non-state actors to participate in, and engage with, the UN multilateral bodies and to get a sense of how caucuses are formed and how they strategize in order to get ideas and proposals noticed and accepted.”

The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean’s mandate is to train prospective and current Caribbean diplomats in the practice of traditional and modern diplomacy. Prominent international and regional experts with outstanding records of practical experience in diplomacy are invited to lead modules. Previous modules offered included Contemporary Diplomacy, Protocol and Diplomatic Law: Rules and Procedures and Climate Change Diplomacy.

Understanding the United Nations runs from Monday August 11th to Friday August 15th, 2014. Interested persons should email or call 868 662 2002 extension 83237or visit the academy’s website at

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