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    The World Negotiation Day will take place in English. All participants will be able to use headphones to follow the conferences and round tables live, with United Nations interpreters translating from English to French.

    25 September 2019, Council Chamber, Palais des Nations, Geneva

    Time Topic Presenter
    14:00 – 14:30 Welcome note by ADN and UNITAR
    Introduction to the negotiation of the 21st century
    UNITAR and ADN
    14:30 – 14:45 Key note on critical negotiation and conflict de-escalation
    "Negotiation as a tool in crisis management”
    Marwan Mery & Laurent Combalbert
    14:45 – 15:00 Key note on negotiations on human rights
    “UN negotiations and their impact in a turbulent world"
    Jerome Bellion-Jourdan
    15:00 – 15:15 Key note on climate change negotiation
    “Negotiation to face the stakes of the years to come”
    Rabih el-Haddad
    15:15 – 15:30 Key note on peace negotiations in local contexts
    “Peace negotiations and inclusiveness”
    Maria Butler
    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion with Q/A:
    • Negotiate to bring hope
    • The role of the United Nations in negotiations across the world
    • Significance of partnerships between the private and public sectors
    • Case studies of the year around the globe
    All Experts
    17:00 – 17:30 Award ceremony for the best negotiator of the year 2019
    Closing speeches
    UNITAR and ADN
    17:30 – 19:00 Cocktail in the Snake Bar Area

    The Experts

    Marwan Mery

    Marwan Mery
    Co-founder and Director of ADN Group

    Applauded by the international press as being one of the best negotiators in the world, Marwan Mery works with businesses, government organisations and NGOs, of any size, to resolve complex situations that include critical cases (kidnapping and ransom, extortion, suicidal persons, collective internment) as well as social conflict, commercial negotiation and diplomatic issues. In 2013, he founded ADN Group with his associate, Laurent Combalbert, the first worldwide network of professional negotiators. Marwan Mery is the author of several best-selling books and a lecturer at HEC, Paris. He is also the chairman and chief-instructor of HCNIA, the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation International Academy.

    ADN Group HCNIA
    Laurent Combalbert

    Laurent Combalbert
    Co-founder and Director of ADN Group

    Laurent Combalbert is a former hostage negotiator at the RAID, the French police elite intervention corps. For years, he managed hundreds of critical cases, including hostage takings, madmen, collective retrenchments or suicidal behaviours. In 2013, he founded ADN Group with his partner, Marwan Mery. They intervene on a daily basis in all types of organisations as speakers, negotiators, advisors or trainers. Their lives and experiences inspired the television series Ransom, which follows the life of a crisis negotiator. Author of several successful books, Laurent Combalbert holds a diploma from the Ecole Supérieure des Officiers de Police (French Police College) and from the National Academy of the FBI, and he is the founder of Nego4good.

    ADN Group Nego4Good
    Rabih El-Haddad

    Rabih El-Haddad
    Director, Division for Multilateral Diplomacy - United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

    Rabih leads the Multilateral Diplomacy Division that encompasses the Multilateral Diplomacy and International Law Programmes and the Institute’s New York Office. He plays a key role in supporting the UN intergovernmental machinery towards achieving an enlightened and efficient multilateral decision-making. In doing so, Rabih works hand in hand with Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the UN Governing Bodies Secretariats, ministries in charge of complex and international negotiations as well as academia, think-tanks and the private sector. During his extensive career he has supported major negotiations led by the G77, the LDC Group, the African Group, SIDS and the GCC.

    Maria Butler

    Maria Butler
    Global Programmes Director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

    Maria Butler is the Global Programmes Director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), an international non-governmental organization which works for peace by non-violent means and promotes political, economic and social justice for all. Maria regularly facilitates briefings, trainings and consultations with security council members, states, UN officials and civil society groups. She works directly with women advocates and partners in conflict-affected situations to link local and global policy implementation. In January 2014, she led the work to organise the first ever meeting of the UN Security Council with Syrian civil society. Maria Butler is also an attorney-at-law at the New York State Bar.

    Dr. Jerome Bellion-Jourdan

    Dr. Jerome Bellion-Jourdan
    Senior Fellow in Residence, Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute

    Jerome Bellion-Jourdan has been a top negotiator for the European Union for more than 8 years. In the UN Human Rights Council, he led multilateral negotiations on Business and Human Rights, a range of other thematic issues and country situations. He has also been involved in several multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Mega-Sporting Events Platform leading to the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. He was previously posted in Cairo and Jerusalem with the European Commission, served the ICRC as an Arabic-speaking detention delegate and Amnesty International as a researcher. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science of Sciences Po. Paris and sits on the Board of Directors of Sciences Po. Grenoble.