EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

United Nations Security Council: Role of Non-Permanent Member Seminar

Vietnam Partnered Outreach Internal Report

11 – 14 December 2007


Outreach Objectives.  The objectives of the seminar were to review the current and evolving international security agenda and the role, responsibilities, and deliberations of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in order to enhance Vietnam’s preparedness for its UNSC non-permanent membership.

 

Purpose.  The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the impact on participants at this outreach event in Vietnam as well as its effectiveness in achieving the stated objectives.

Results.  The workshop achieved the stated objectives.  Participants resoundingly stated the seminar enhanced their knowledge, negotiation, presentation, and decision-making skills to better prepare them for UNSC non-permanent membership.  Through role-playing and facilitated discussions, Vietnamese officials gained valuable insights into their role, opportunities, and challenges as non-permanent members of the UNSC.

Survey Analysis

 

BUILD INSTITUTIONAL AND SECURITY CAPACITY:

Knowledge & Understanding of UNSC.  Individual participants stated they had more knowledge and understanding of the workings of the UNSC as a result of this seminar.  They have increased “information about present regional and global security, PKO [Peace Keeping Operations], protection of humanitarian intervention and some specific issues in UNSC.”  They have “built up personal preparation and necessary knowledge…relating [to the] field [of] UN operation[s], DPKO and other knowledge of international law.” Representatives have “gain[ed] more knowledge, skills, etc. to intensively prepare for UN agenda issues;” and are now “equipped with much knowledge on the UNSC workings.”  Participants resoundingly stated “the workshop has helped us broaden our knowledge on UNSC.”  “It provide[d] them the background/basic information on how the UNSC system works, what …issues may come up and [what] the Vietnam mission must face that they can prepare themselves [for] in advance.”  The seminar “help[ed] Vietnamese officials know better about the strategy, tactic and procedure[s] needed when you work within the UNSC.”  “The seminar helped [them] deeply understand how UNSC work[s] and how to discuss the thorny issues to arrive at a final resolution.”

v   Decision-making/Negotiation/Presentation Skills.  Participants gained valuable insights and experience on decision-making, negotiation, and presentation skills through information and role-playing.  During the event, they stated they “learned some presentation skills during the seminar,” “developed their negotiation skills,” and gained “useful [insight into the] internal decision making process at work.”  They “develop[ed]/improv[ed] processing expertise for international organization activities.”

Improved English.  Some participants even stated the seminar helped to improve their ability to communicate in the English language.  They declared the seminar to be “useful for [them] in English” by helping to “improve [their] English.”

EDUCATE OFFICIALS ON THE ROLE OF SECURITY IN CIVIL SOCIETIES:

Vietnam’s Role in the UNSC.  The seminar helped the Vietnamese better define their role as a non-permanent member of the UNSC.  It “helped the Vietnamese realize the balance between their own national interests and their future international responsibilities.”  “It [gave] them a chance to explore what lies ahead…for 2008, explaining what should be done or needs to be done to back the government up in the next 2 years and afterwards.”  Further, “it helped [them] realize Vietnam’s role in dealing with international issues, especially global security problems.”    They received “useful information about the international community’s expectation in the role of Vietnam, such as:  contributions to the ROK, humanitar[ian] missions and so on.”  Participants stated they have “enhance[d] knowledge about Vietnam’s responsibility for its UN Security Council non-permanent membership.”  They better understand “implementation of Vietnam’s duties and obligations in UNSC” and are “better prepared to deal with the problems relating to Vietnam’s role in the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.”

Survey Methodology.  The Outreach Survey was administered to 100% of the 44 participants.  The survey was comprised of 3 qualitative questions and an additional comment section.

Contact Information.  For more information, please contact Assessment and Evaluation at (808) 971-8911 or email mcdonaldd@apcss.org.

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