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United Nations Young Leaders Training Programme

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Connected to each other like never before, young people increasingly contribute to innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political initiatives. They are agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve people's lives and the planet's health.   

UNITAR is delighted to offer an online training program specifically designed for the global youth. It will offer participants the chance to gain first-hand experience with the United Nations. It will provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to fully unfold their potential as leaders.

Content and Structure

The United Nations Young Leaders Online Training Programme consists of a 4-week, e-Learning course implemented on UNITAR’s e-learning platform. The course comprises 4 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 4-6 hours of studying per week.    

  • Module 1: The United Nations
  • Module 2: Conference Diplomacy
  • Module 3: Negotiation Skills
  • Module 4: Cosmopolitan Communication  

The course includes weekly reading material, multimedia files as well as discussion boards exchanging views with fellow participants and UNITAR instructors. In addition, the Young Leaders Online Training Programme will be complemented by several 1.5 hour live webinars. These will be delivered through the platform zoom by UN experts and comprise the following topics: 

  • Webinar A - The United Nations System
  • Webinar B - Multilateral Conferences and Diplomacy
  • Webinar C - Cosmopolitan Communication
  • Webinar D - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  

In addition to the above live webinars, there will be one 3.5-hour e-workshop per week. These will focus on Leadership as well as on getting to know Geneva's multilateral environment through virtual guided tours through the UN Palais des Nations as well as the diplomatic district of Geneva. 

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The Young Leaders Training Programme is open to any one involved with, and/or interested in, international affairs wishing to take on leadership roles in their respective environments and build up knowledge and skills related to the UN and International Geneva.

Participants can include university students, high school students, and other aspiring young leaders of similar backgrounds. Junior professionals from the public and private sectors and senior officials who are young at heart are equally welcome to apply.

In order to ensure the highest quality standards, the registration will be closed after 30 participants. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the program, all participants will receive an official UNITAR certificate of completion.


The Young Leaders Training Programme will be run from UNITAR's e-Learning platform, where announcements and relevant links to activities will be posted. In addition to the above-mentioned components, the platform will contain online reading material, interactive quizzes as well as pre-recorded videos, which participants are free to study anytime best for them.

The expert webinars, e-workshops, virtual guided tours, and other live components will mostly be delivered through the online software Zoom. The
program is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Online activities will include a high level of exposure to policy practitioners and diplomatic settings, thereby allowing participants to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Nations.  

In addition, the live components will all be offered in the afternoon Geneva time, for participants across all time zones to be able to attend at reasonable times. The live components will also be recorded and made available on the platform thereafter. All activities will run in the English language.


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 Young Leaders Online Training Programme and looks forward to welcoming you virtually to International Geneva this summer! 

The Young Leaders Online Training Programme: May Edition:  24 Apr 2023 -
21 May 2023 / July Edition:  19 Jun 2023 - 16 Jul 2023  /   August Edition:  24 Jul
2023 - 20 Aug 2023

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The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established in 1963 as an autonomous body within the United Nations with the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the work of the UN and its member states.

UNITAR designs and conducts close to 500 different training and knowledge-sharing events per year for some 50,000 beneficiaries worldwide. Participants include diplomats, other government officials, non-governmental representatives, and other stakeholders.

At the heart of UNITAR, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU) delivers training workshops to address the needs of these international actors. MDPU’s activities cover a wide range of domains, including training on the UN system and skills development.


Next webinar 

Join our Webinar on 30th March to learn more about this and other UN Programmes, Careers, Training and Volunteer opportunities 


  • Julian Caletti – UNITAR Training Associate and Expert for UN Career Development
  • Azra Saify – UNITAR - will be speaking about how she joined the UN
  • Christina D’Aasaro – UNITAR - will be speaking about how she joined the UN
  • Reem Katrib – UNITAR - will be speaking about how she joined the UN


Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

  1. Time: 2-3:30 PM, Geneva, Central European Time, CET  (see the time in your time zone
  2. Webinar language: English


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