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Important Dates:
22.03.2013 Summit of the Forum for 21st Century
18.03.2013 Final Negotiations in Sections
17.12.2012 Third Positions Issued
10.12.2012 Third Drafts Issued
26.11.2012 Second Positions
19.11.2012 Second Draft Issued
12.11.2012 First Positions of Delegations Issued

Forum for 21st Century proudly proudly invites you to attend the solemn Summit of the Forum for 21st Century which will take place in the Assembly Hall of the University of Economics in Bratislava on 22nd March 2013. The Model Conference is kindly supported by our partners: Grafton Recruitment Slovakia and Lenovo.

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The Model Conference in academic year 2012/2013 extended its course from one to two academic semesters enabling the students to focus more deeply on the soft skills of a negotiator. We also enhanced the contact with the practice and team management of the whole project. The team work is ensured by coordination of students within negotiating sections but they also communicate within delagations.

The Model Conference has been successfully implemented for 6 years already. The last edition in 2011 took place mainly due to close cooperation with distinguished partners from both public and private sector led by NATO`s Public Diplomacy Division, the foundation of Fridrich Ebert in Slovakia, Grafton Recruitment and Delux-SM. The media coverage of the Model Conference and full visibility of partners was guaranteed by active partnership with Slovak mass-media, in particular Trend weekly and Slovak Spectator weekly. There was 2 min. reportage of the Model Conference released by statewide television Markíza. More information on media coverage can be found in Media Report attached to this Final Report.
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Following video is a brief summary of the Conference 2011:

The primary aim of the Model Conference (realized within the course entitled Diplomatic Practice) was to provide the 5th year students with an opportunity to expand their theoretical knowledge and to adopt practical experience in the field of negotiations, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, diplomatic protocol and application of foreign languages.

Organized by the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava in close cooperation with the consortium of co-organizers led by the Euro-Atlantic Center, the aim was to provide the 2nd year students of Master studies with an opportunity to expand their theoretical knowledge and to adopt practical experience in the field of negotiations, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, diplomatic protocol and application of foreign languages. The fifth annual Model Conference follows the previous year pattern, which was proved to be successful as far as the feedback of students, partners and involved professionals is concerned.

The simulated international NGO entitled Forum for 21st Century once again will constitute the summit platform. Model-based conference at the platform of the Forum creates a rare opportunity for practical training of students of international relations and diplomatic service in the Slovak Republic. The organizers expect the main output to be the out-of-the-box ideas and visions of the young generation of future opinion leaders and representatives of the governmental, business and non-governmental sector on the most scalding issues in the security, economic, environmental and cultural field of future international relations' alignment. Additional value-added will be provided by the expert feedback of the respective representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions accredited in the Slovak Republic seeking answers for the most scalding issues and trying to create concrete standpoints of their upcoming development in the above mentioned fields. Focus will be put on a re-creation of the effective bilateral and multilateral negotiations between the most important global actors in respected issues.

Final conference day with the presentation of the outcomes will take place on 22nd March 2013 at the Aula of the University of Economics in Bratislava. The intention of the organizers is to provide students with high value-added outcome-presentation of the conference findings together with personal engagement of the invited representatives of international organizations, diplomatic missions to the Slovak Republic as well as academicians, business corporations and journalists. Their role will be to enrich the event with relevant feedback on the conference findings in each section and to evaluate students' visions and ideas about the upcoming set-up of the rapidly changing international relations and global politics in each of the four sections.

In order to simulate the real diplomatic negotiation process to high standard, students of the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava and the University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava will participate at the event and provide simultaneous interpretation to various languages, as well as complete media coverage. A press conference will be held after the final negotiations.