UN Youth Summer School

Summer School on Diplomacy 2017, Day 3

DAY 3:  Wednesday, 26th  of July @Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

11:45PM-13:15PM Seminar: The Transatlantic Cooperation in the Age of Trump, Sebastian Burduja

The 3rd day of UN Youth Summer School on Diplomacy  started with Mr. Sebastian Burduja, Founding President of P.A.C.T, holding a seminar about the Transatlantic Cooperation in the Age of Trump.

The seminar began with a discussion about leadership, debating whether leaders are made or born, which qualities does a leader need, common features and the participants gave examples of leaders. The conclusion of the discussion is that a great leader needs to possess the three “C’s”: competence, character, cause . Mr. Burduja encouraged the participants to do a personal exercise, in order to get to  know themselves better.

The discussions moved on to debating the challenges the world faces. The central questions of the discussions that followed where  “Why nations fail?” and ” Why did Trump win?”. Mr. Burduja explained the participants  the “Trump phenomenon”.

Finally, Mr. Burduja, told the participants that the worst thing in life is to look back in the last day of your life and to see that you could have done better, that you could have  left  your mark, and you didn’t. He stated ” In life you do what you must, not what you can… You can do what the rest of the people do, or you can choose to care”. We were all left to do a soul-search and think at a better way to leave our mark in the world!

13:45PM- 15:45PM Lecture: Negotiations and Mediation, Marius Păunescu

Mr. Păunescu started the lecture by advising the participants to choose a domain that they love in order to success and also to never stop reading and learning.

He presented the negotiation process as one of the five ways of dealing with a conflict, besides avoidance, withdrawal, coercion and violence. Then, he engaged the participants in a short exercise, giving them 30 seconds to write 3 synonyms for conflict. They gave answers like: war, clash, problem; problem, war, debate.  All the terms our participants found, were negative ones. The next exercise consisted in finding  words similar with the word “negotiation”, where the answers were words like: communication, interact, discussion.

Mr. Păunescu emphasized that  negotiation is something we do on a daily basis. He engaged the participants once again in taking an active part at the lecture, by asking them what they seek from the other part of the negotiation, receiving the answer “mutual gain” from one  of the participants. Together with the participants, Mr. Păunescu discussed the basis in negotiating with someone, concluding that common interest and open-mindedness are necessary. Before beginning the Workshop, Mr. Paunescu presented some useful criteria for evaluating a negotiations and sketched the profile of an effective negotiator.


15:45PM-17:45PM Workshop: Negotiations between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union.

After the theoretical presentation, the participants were separated in four teams, in order to debate. Every team chose a leader and they were given a scenario to analyze from both sides perspective. After that, they began the negotiation, one team representing  the UK and one of the EU. The delegates had interesting points of view, debating topics such as: freedom of movement; trade agreements; border control,  the UK’S delegation stating that they would give visa’s to the countries of the European Union with high priority.