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“Public Speaking and Speechwriting Skills for Multilateral Diplomacy” Virtual Course

December 7, 2021 - December 10, 2021

Virtual Training Course


Cases and Insights from the United Nations

Organized by: 

Conflux Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


About the Course

Effective communication is fundamental to successful diplomacy, specifically in times of crisis marked by high levels of uncertainty. The Division for Multilateral Diplomacy of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Conflux Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation have designed and developed the virtual training course “Public Speaking and Speechwriting Skills for Multilateral Diplomacy: Cases & Insights from the United Nations”.

The course aims at strengthening the individual capacity of growth-oriented professionals working in a multilateral and intercultural diplomatic professional environment, who are or aim to be in high-level roles requiring pivotal professional skills in public speaking and speechwriting. Specifically, this course is designed for mid to senior level staff in peacekeeping and political missions of the UN and regional organisations (AU, OSCE, EU, etc.), diplomats, those working in governments, non-governmental organisations, and academic institutions.

The aim of the virtual course is to identify areas participants need to improve, in order to give the impression of spontaneity and confidence while delivering their message to an audience as well as how to make the content of their speeches pertinent and highly engaging. Drawing on the latest modern techniques in the ancient art of rhetoric (the skill of oration and persuasion) and writing, the trainers provide the participants with feedback enabling them to make immediate adjustments and improvements during the training at a behavioural, rather than simply at a theoretical, level.

The participants will learn from experts who will cover essential principles of speechwriting and public speaking. The training will consist of lectures and facilitated discussions by senior experts and practitioners in the field, and the activities are devised to be highly interactive through discussions, Q&A sessions, group work, role-play and hands-on exercises and assignments. A virtual space will be provided for group discussions and best practices and experience sharing among the participants under the guidance of the senior mentors. The course will also focus on practical exercises using audio and video media.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply public speaking, presentation, and speechwriting techniques, including preparation, structure, and delivery in face-to-face and online formats;
  • Acquire essential principles of the art and craft of speechwriting and delivering speeches;
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses as speakers and writers;
  • Develop their personal presentation style and tailor it to respective audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to use voice and words to effect when giving speeches or

presentations: wording, diction, intonation, rhythm, and pacing;

  • Implement acquired tools for combating public speaking anxiety.


Course Information

Senior Mentors: Ambassador Amr Aljowaily

Ambassador Miloš Strugar, UN Senior Mediation Adviser

Course Director: Emilija Marić, Conflux Center
Platform Zoom


For more details about the course, click HERE

Registration is open until 1 December  2021 and can be done HERE.

COURSE FEE: 900 EUR (1,150 USD)

Conflux Center alumni are eligible for 20% discount.

Partial subsidy could be available at a later stage. Those interested in a partial subsidy should send their CV and a motivation letter not later than 21 November 2021 to


The specified times are in accordance with CET (Central European Time) / UTC+1 (Coordinated Universal Time) time zone.

The participants should be relieved of their regular work duties for the duration of the course.

The course is conducted in English and translation is not provided.

Upon completion of the course, certificates of participation will be issued in PDF, and a hard copy can be sent via post upon request.


For further information about the course, please contact us at:  or  + 381 63 13 08 997




December 7, 2021
December 10, 2021