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Thematic Retreat | Negotiating Under Pressure: Handling Hostage & Extortion Negotiations

14 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

This CCHN Retreat provides a safe space safe for humanitarian professionals to share their personal experience of negotiating under pressure in high-risk environments. It will explore ways to support colleagues facing personal, ethical and professional dilemmas in such negotiations, with a particular attention to hostage and extortion situations.

Event details

14-18 October 2019
Caux, Switzerland
By invitation only
For field practitioners working in high-risk envrionments
Free of charge

The participants will further guide the efforts of the CCHN in the elaboration of practical measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of traumatic stress in high-risk environments.


– Create a safe space for open, informal peer-to-peer exchanges on negotiation and stress management practices under pressure across time and contexts. Participants will share their views on the challenges and dilemmas of negotiating in such conditions;

– Connect seasoned humanitarian professionals with direct experience with negotiations under pressure and foster the emergence of a community of practice around these experiences;

– Explore powerful self-care tools and methods to enhance the resilience, personal well-being, capacity and sustainability of humanitarian professionals exposed to extreme environments; and,

– Orient CCHN’s work in the development of negotiation tools, research and methodologies tailored to negotiations under pressure.


The retreat is reserved for field practitioners who previously completed a CCHN Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation and who have significant experience in negotiations under pressure.

Learning Pathway

This retreat is part of CCHN’s specialised activities which regularly take place around the world. Other specialised activities include the Training of Facilitators, the Peer Circle Program and other thematic retreats.

Contact Person

Maude Pittet-Nazareno

CCHN Executive Assistant & Information Management Officer


14 October 2019
18 October 2019
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Caux, Switzerland