The second day of Summer School On Diplomacy has arrived. Today’s topics are bound to satisfy the participants’ inner most curiosities. Beside the informative seminar of the day, there is another seminar on negotiation which also includes a practical aspect – a workshop.
The day began with Ms. Anda Șerban’s seminar on nuclear disarmament. Ms. Șerban is one of the founders of the International Campaign for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – an organization which fights for a cause that UN Youth Association of Romania is very fond of. Aside from her activity as a founding member of ICAN, Ms. Șerban seeks to educate youth on environmental issues and the relationship between members of the civil society and the diplomatic area. She proceeded to have an interactive seminar with the attendants. During this two-hour discussion, everyone had an opportunity to ask whatever questions they had, concerning the fine craft of diplomacy.
Soon after, a short break was taken. This gave the participants the chance to network and connect with each other. Impressions about the first seminar were exchanged, as eager minds regained their energy, just in time for the complex event that followed.
The last speaker of the day was Mr. Marius Păunescu, an associate teacher at the Carol I National Defence University. His area of expertise includes negotiation and mediation, both key components in solving conflicts. Mr. Păunescu’s presence not only involved a theoretical aspect but also an exercise meant to demonstrate the power of negotiation and mediation when it comes to disagreements. The warm up exercise implied a simulated mediation between three of the attendants, which eased everyone into the theme of this discussion. As far as theory goes, our participants were able to learn how interests and positions come hand in hand to aid a negotiation, among other interesting things.
Today ended with a hypothetical negotiation scenario, meant to challenge those involved and to test their knowledge. It was a great occasion for everybody to collaborate and learn from one another. Overall, after two intense seminars, our participants seem excited for the activities that will come in the following days.
Written by Ioana Florescu, Press Officer