UNITAR believes that every single human being in the world can have a positive impact on others. They are convinced everyone has the potential to make a difference, create positive change, drive progress and contribute to making the world a better place.
As our world’s most pressing challenges are global in nature, they also require global solutions. Therefore, they believe that a critical way to make the world a better place is through strengthening the spirit of international cooperation, also known as multilateralism.
For this reason, UNITAR has designed a series of trainings on the most important multilateral institution, the United Nations. The courses aim to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to understand the UN system, global challenges and actions anyone can take.
The programmes further aim to foster UN values such as human rights, empathy, solidarity and respect for diversity. They lastly intend to provide a link between participants and UN staff, opening the door for you to help make a change from within the United Nations.
Below are the programmes:
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Third Edition (Online): 06 - 24 June 2022
Fourth Edition (Online): 12 - 30 Sep 2022
UNITAR is delighted to offer the third and fourth edition of the Human Rights Council Training Programme. This course will run in parallel to the real UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and aims at providing participants with in-depth knowledge on human rights and the functioning of the UN`s key body to promote them.
In line with UNITAR's mandate, this programme aspires to enhance participants' knowledge and skills in the areas of human rights and international affairs. This will empower them to take on leadership roles in their respective environments and thereby continue to promote the respect for human rights in the world.
UNITAR further intends to strengthen the participants’ conviction of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, especially human rights. It lastly aspires to give its participants the opportunity to gain valuable insights into possible employment opportunities in the United Nations system.
The Human Rights Council Training Programme lasts three weeks and runs on UNITAR ́s virtual learning platform. It is created and facilitated by senior experts working at UN agencies. In addition, UNITAR staff assists in the organisational aspects of the course and stands ready to interact with participants on a daily basis.
The backbone of the Human Rights Council Training Programme will be three e-Learning modules. Every module contains reading material, multimedia files, a discussion forum for written exchanges and a multiple choice assessment quiz. The course will contain the following modules:
The e-Learning modules will be complemented by a series of live components delivered to participants via Zoom. These encompass several 3-hour interactive e-workshops run by experts such as current UN staff or retired ambassadors. The Human Rights Council Training Programme will offer the following e-workshops:
Most importantly, the Human Rights Council Training Programme runs in parallel to the real Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. Participants will therefore be able to attend its sessions live-stream. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn from UN experts in 1.5 hour webinars as well as virtual guided tours.
UNITAR welcomes a variety of professional backgrounds as well as different degrees of experience among its participants. The Human Rights Council Training Programme is therefore open to all actors related to international affairs who have a genuine passion for human rights.
Participants can include public sector officials, private sector professionals and representatives from NGOs, think tanks or academia. University students and high school students are equally welcome to apply.
In order to ensure the highest quality standards, the registration will be closed after 50 participants. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the programme, all participants will receive an official UNITAR certificate.
In order to register, kindly visit the link below. You will be asked to create your own profile on the UNITAR website and will then be guided through the process. Feel free to contact the organizer in case of any questions.
UNITAR warmly welcomes your participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council Training Programme and looks forward to welcoming you virtually to the Human Rights Council Training Programme this summer!
Third Edition (06 - 24 Jun 2022):
Fourth Edition (12 - 30 Sep 2022):
This summer, UNITAR is delighted to deliver its very first UN Immersion Programme to the Hague, Netherlands. It will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into the city of peace and justice and thereby gain first-hand experience of the United Nations.
UNITAR will host most of the activities in the historic Peace Palace in The Hague, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). They will consist of a nuanced balance between the following different elements:
The programme´s purpose is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in law and diplomacy, empowering them to work more effectively in any international environment. It further aspires to offer access to The Hague’s UN institutions and staff to build up networks and gain insights into future career steps.
The programme serves to provide an overview of the UN and its legal mechanisms in the city of peace and justice. It will help participants build solid ground knowledge of topics in international affairs, deliver training in core diplomatic skills, and offer activities with the following The Hague-based agencies:
UNITAR's The Hague Immersion Programme will also provide a focus on career development in the United Nations as well as on legal knowledge and skills. Training workshops on these topics will provide a considerable part of the activity.
Participants also have the chance to opt for an Immersion Programme premium package. This includes the 3-weeks UN Human Rights Training Programme as preparatory e-Learning course. It is implemented on the UNITAR online platform directly prior to the field visit and thereby sets the stage for their time at the UN.
It comprises 3 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 6-8 hours of studying per week. In addition, it includes 5 hours of live components per week with UN experts, weekly reading material, multimedia files as well as moderated discussion boards:
For premium package participants, the accommodation in The Hague during the field visit is included in the fee. UNITAR will provide 6 nights in a reputable hotel in close proximity to the UN institutions (check-in: Sunday 26 June, check-out: Saturday 2 July 2022).
The Immersion Programme is open to everyone with a deep interest in the UN, international law and the city of peace and justice. Participants can come from the public or private sector, NGOs, think tanks and academia. University students and participants from an entirely different background are equally welcome to apply.
In order to ensure the highest quality standards, a maximum of 30 participants per field visit and 50 participants per online training programme will be allowed. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the programmes, participants will receive a UNITAR certificate of completion.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR will assure the program will entirely conform with up-to-date health safety standards. The programme's agenda may be subject to modifications in line with the most recent developments in this regard.
In case that due to any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, participants are unable to travel to the Netherlands this summer, it is possible to attend a UNITAR Online Training Programme free of charge. In addition, their slot for the field visit will be automatically transferred to a later edition, with no additional costs charged.
UNITAR warmly welcomes your participation and looks forward to receiving you in The Hague this summer.
Register for the E-learning course + Field Visit + Accommodation in The Hague (6 June – 1 July 2022)
Register for the Field Visit to The Hague only (27 June – 1 July 2022)
Register for the E-learning course only (6 – 26 June 2022)