17th Annual Program 2007 - New Zealand

New Zealand, 19th November – 7th December, 2007


17th Annual Program Report

The Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP’s) 17th Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy training course took place in Wellington, New Zealand from November 19th – December 7th, 2007 in partnership with Amnesty International New Zealand and the Council for International Development (CID), New Zealand.


This annual comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the oldest established such program in the region.  The course provided participants with a solid foundation of knowledge on the international human rights framework and the UN system. The course also included intensive sessions on advocacy and media skills, including training on using the internet for research and advocacy, as well as exploration of some of the human rights challenges associated with globalization and climate change.


Participants worked on a wide range of human rights issues, including the rights of children, the rights of the homeless, scheduled castes in India, the rights of women and of Indigenous Peoples, combating discrimination, poverty, extra-judicial executions and torture. 


NZAID hosted a presentation on the human rights approach to development, and enabled participants to engage in a practical lobbying exercise with its staff.  For the first time in DTP’s Annual Regional course there was a session on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  There was also a focus on the situation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender communities in the region.  Trainers included Dr Sarah Pritchard, Clarence Dias, Philip Chung and Sam Gregory.


The program was very positively evaluated by the participants. The Diplomacy Training Program wishes to extend its thanks to all who made the Program possible including presenters, participating organisations and financial supporters.


Finally, the Diplomacy Training Program would like to express its appreciation to the participants in the program.  All involved in organising the program felt appreciation for the kindness and patience of the participants and for their generosity of spirit, as well as gaining inspiration from the difficult and often dangerous work that they do in protecting and promoting human rights.