Young people from both shores step into the shoes of diplomats at the 9th edition of the Model OSCE for Youth event
Twenty-two young women and men from both banks of the Dniester/Nistru acquired and developed negotiation skills and resolved a crisis during a simulation of the OSCE Permanent Council as part of the 9th edition of the event OSCE Model for young people organized this year in person by the OSCE Mission to Moldova from 18 to 21 October 2022.
Addressing participants at the opening of the Model OSCE Youth event, Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova Antti Karttunen welcomed them and congratulated them on being selected to participate and explained to how rewarding the work of a diplomat can be even if it is very intense, dynamic and highly responsible. “If you choose this path, you will probably never regret it. However, good negotiation skills are needed in every job and in everyday life,” he added.
“I felt great, gained lasting experience and met amazing people, mentors and workers from some OSCE structures and the OSCE Mission to Moldova,” said Alexandru Fazli, one of the participants. “I understand very well how this organization works and after this 4 days activity I definitely went home not only with important experiences but also with important knowledge. In the end, I would like to recommend all students with a passion for diplomacy to apply to participate in future editions of this project, because not always, by studying at university or in other projects of such subjects, you could really feel the role of a diplomat and in 4 days could learn so many things.”
Over the course of four days, participants had the unique opportunity to meet OSCE diplomats and officials working in the Republic of Moldova and Austria, who had addressed them at the event, and learned from very experienced trainers Ida Manton and Max Pijevskii. They were trained in negotiation techniques, styles and strategies, learned about the history and work of the OSCE, its structures and consensus-based decision-making, diplomacy and the role of the OSCE in the prevention and conflict resolution, as well as engaging in team building exercises that helped them build relationships.
The event culminated in a mock conflict resolution exercise that engaged participants in resolving a crisis by consensus and allowed them to become diplomats for a day by taking part in a mock session of the Permanent Council of the OSCE during a crisis situation. They put themselves in the shoes of diplomats and played the role of different OSCE participating States, institutions and other relevant actors and worked together to find a common solution to resolve a hypothetical crisis in the OSCE area. and avoid conflict.
The aim of the OSCE model is to build trust and strengthen dialogue between young women and men on both sides of the Dniester/Nistru. It was first organized by the OSCE Mission to Moldova in 2013 and has been held every year since then except for 2018. The OSCE works with and for young people to raise their voices and help them to use their potential to promote security and cooperation. in the OSCE area.