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Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations


Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations (EIO) is a week-long intensive professional development program designed to help mid- and senior level government officials, industry leaders and academic leaders interact more effectively with Intergovernmental Organizations (IGO). Participants will gain invaluable networking opportunities as they explore of the roles and responsibilities of the four key intergovernmental organizations involved with animal health, public health, agriculture and food security: World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and Codex Alimentarius. Using directed experiential learning, participants will gain familiarity with public policy-making at the international level and build skills for effective engagement at the international level.


Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 - Saturday, March 09, 2013

Geneva, Paris, and Rome 



Previous EIO participants have found the program highly valuable for expanding their professional networks and increasing their effectiveness for contributing to global program development. Previous participants report increased success in their own positions as a result of what they’ve learned about how the IGOs operate. They also feel more comfortable interacting with IGOs and report greater confidence they can contribute to shared leadership in global policy-making.

Previous Participants said:

“Seeing and learning about the perceptions from academia, industry, and nongovernment organizations…provided new perspective on our roles with government agencies engaging in intergovernmental activities.”

“The simulated exercise throughout the week was very realistic and provided us with an opportunity to actually work with people from these organizations on important issues”.

“The EIO program showed me that even as an individual, I can have an influence in the different approaches around me just being knowledgeable about how things are going”

Registration Includes:

  • All train, air, and other ground transportation in Europe between destinations of Geneva, Paris, and Rome
  • Food service
  • Welcome Reception
  • Three group dinners (Geneva, Paris, and Rome)
  • Two lunches (Geneva and Rome)
  • Course materials and instruction

Participants are responsible for:

  • Travel from home country to our first destination, Geneva. Return travel from Rome to home country
  • Hotel accommodations (a room block will be held in each city at a rate that includes breakfast)
  • All meals and incidental expenses except receptions, three group dinners and two lunches (as noted above in the registration information)

Program Schedule:


Evening Welcome Reception


Preparation Sessions


World Health Organization (WHO)


World Trade Organization (WTO)


World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)


Travel and Free Time


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Concluding session

Scholarship Opportunities:

A limited number of scholarships will be available to participants from resource poor countries. Contact Carol Peterson at for information about the scholarship application and review process.

Scholarship deadline: December 1, 2012
Scholarship Award notice: December 14, 2012

The program is directed by Will Hueston and Katharina Staerk, both of whom have extensive experience working with Intergovernmental Organizations in their careers in government, industry and academia.

To learn more about Will Hueston, click here.
To learn more about Katharina Staerk, click here.



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