How humanitarian interpreters bridge the language barrier during negotiations

From 26 to 30 April 2021, humanitarian interpreters participated in an Online Peer Workshop and Specialized Session for Humanitarian Interpreters organized by the CCHN in collaboration with the Interpreting Department at the University of Geneva. During this event, participants learned about the CCHN negotiation tools, as well the most important interpretation skills in the humanitarian field.

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Negotiating Under Pressure: Voices from the field

Negotiating under pressure in insecure environments is a critical skill that allows humanitarian responders in the field to help those most in need. In this video, 6 humanitarians talk about their experiences dealing with high-pressure negotiations. This video was presented at the 2019 Geneva Peace Week event on “When lives are at stake: Exploring high-pressure negotiations through storytelling” on 5 November 2019.

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Building Resilience and a Team-Care Focus Group for our Global Community of Frontline Negotiators

Humanitarian professionals are dedicated to assisting vulnerable people in high-risk environments. To do this, they often engage in high-stakes negotiations, during which they face personal, ethical and professional dilemmas. Living and working under such stressful conditions can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, and many negotiators have expressed the need for self-care tools and peer support.

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Capacity-Building on Humanitarian Negotiation for Humanitarians Working with People on The Move in Greece

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) started its workstream on forced migration in Europe in September 2020. We have made it a top priority to help humanitarians working with refugees and migrants in Greece to develop their negotiation skills. In September 2020, we held our first peer workshop in Europe – and the first during the COVID 19 pandemic – in Athens.

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Humanitarian Organizations Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic through Collective Efforts

At the 2020 Geneva Peace Week (GPW), the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) organized a joint live event in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of France and Germany to the United Nations in Geneva to discuss collective efforts on how humanitarian organizations can ensure access to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCHN invited distinguished speakers and experts to exchange their views with members of the CCHN Community of Practice and to discuss the multifaceted challenges of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Role of Field Negotiation Practices in the Design of Global Diplomatic Strategies

High-level diplomacy of humanitarian organizations often appears to be detached from the reality of negotiation in the field. This disconnect has been accentuated during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when integration between field and headquarters is more crucial than ever before. How can humanitarian diplomacy at headquarters remain aligned with negotiation experience and practice in the field?

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