Ambassador Ronald Walker
Former Australian diplomat, distinguished UNITAR Senior Trainer and Visiting Fellow at the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy


The manual intends to help newcomers to conference diplomacy to overcome obstacles, familiarize themselves with conference processes and procedures and become effective more quickly. It also aims to serve as a reference work for more experienced conference delegates. This book will deepen their understanding of both the rules and the dynamics of conferences and help them take their skills to a higher level. Also those who give instructions to conference delegates or are affected by conference outcomes can find support here to understand how conferences reach their outcomes. The manual is written from the perspective of practitioners and draws on the experience of conference diplomats from many nations, developed and developing. It describes the most important and common rules in conferences and explains them with examples of particular cases. The reader gets to know how delegations and individual delegates organize their work and advance their objectives. The book also introduces the reader to widely used strategies and tactics and gives tips as to practices which have proved effective over the years.

Recorded May 2011

Manual for UN Delegates