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Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner’s Guide

  • Ye-Min Wu
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner’s Guide focuses on the practice of negotiating. It is a handbook for multilateral negotiators and anyone interested in understanding how complex multilateral agreements are made. This book is a tool to help reduce the learning curve for a new UN negotiator, explaining basic negotiation concepts and offering insight into the complexities of the UN system. It is also a playbook for cooperation for a negotiator at any level, exploring the dynamics of relationships and alliances, the art of chairing a negotiation, and the importance of balancing the power asymmetries that are present in any multilateral discussion. The book shares stories from women UN delegates to illustrate, through their voices, what it means to be a female negotiator at the UN. Throughout, this book is an exploration of the power of the individual in any negotiation, and of the responsibility all negotiators have in wielding that power to speak for a better world.

Ms. Ye-Min Wu

About the speaker

Ms. Ye-Min Wu has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore for over a decade. While at the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN in New York, she represented the G77 and China in UN negotiations on sustainable development issues. She was involved in climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC, and is currently Singapore’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO and WIPO. In 2019, she co-authored a book 'Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner’s Guide', with former US and Guatemalan diplomats.  

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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