Core Diplomatic Training

What is Core Diplomatic Training (CDT)?

  • CDT is practice-oriented training provided to diplomats and other beneficiaries at major United Nations locations so that they can perform effectively in a multilateral context.

  • CDT covers training in international cooperation and multilateral diplomacy, and is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the United Nations system and its organs and procedures, strengthening the skills relevant to conferences and negotiations and supporting efforts to build a more effective multilateral system.

  • UNITAR has been delivering CDT courses since its inception in 1965 and the courses are traditionally considered the “core” training of the Institute. The nature of the training is “on the UN for the UN by the UN”. By definition, CDT implies training that is multilateral in character and offered in a multilateral context. All Member States and the United Nations, collectively, benefit from greater knowledge on how to operate in the multilateral setting and perform effectively and efficiently.

  • CDT is face-to-face learning provided through executive style training (concise, accessible and directly applicable) that is highly interactive. The average duration of a CDT course is between one and two days and courses are delivered in either English or French.

  • In order to ensure the on-going participation of least developed countries and other developing countries in CDT courses, UNITAR offers a number of fellowships.


How to Apply | 2014 Course List | Fellowships | Online Catalogue 

Why are UNITAR’s CDT courses unique?

UN System

  • Few other courses have the same level of involvement of experienced United Nations staff, high-level diplomats and facilitators with insight into the United Nations system.

  • The methodology of UNITAR courses is influenced by the multilateral setting, involving peer-to-peer learning and exchange within a global body of diplomats.
  • UNITAR courses are highly accessible: they are held at United Nations locations and fitted, to the extent possible, into the calendar of official United Nations meetings.

Where is CDT being implemented?

Skills Development

  • CDT courses take place at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva as well as at UN Offices in the host cities of UN regional economic commissions (Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Nairobi, Santiago de Chile), in Vienna and Rome.

What is the target audience?

Environment Diplomacy

UNITAR’s Core Diplomatic Training courses target:

  • Junior to senior level diplomats and other government officials or experts acting as representatives of their governments at the United Nations or in international conferences

  • Government officers from specialized Ministries working on international issues (environment, security, trade etc.)

  • University professors, academics, lawyers, staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and private sector companies.

Are there any fellowships for CDT courses?

HR Diplomacy

UNITAR is happy to announce that a limited number of fellowships are available for the following groups of people:

  • Thanks to the generous support of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, UNITAR is able to offer fellowships to diplomats from the Group of 77 taking place in courses in Geneva and New York

  • The courses taking place in Vienna can be offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of Austria.

More information on the fellowship opportunities.


Contact us

For courses taking place in the United States

Email: nyo@unitar.org / Telephone: + 1 212 963 9196 

For courses taking place in all other locations

Email: diplomacy@unitar.org / Telephone: +41 22 917 86 77


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