Cultural Diplomacy and Multilateralism




27 Oct - 16 Nov 2014

Duration of event:

3 weeks



Programme area:

Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy



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Event focal point Contact Number:

+41 (0)22 917 87 16

Other events details:

Private – by invitation   E-learning    English   open to register/apply

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.



Cultural diplomacy is sometimes seen as a secondary activity within Foreign Ministries. But in an world where power tends to shift from military capacity to State influence without coercitive ways, cultural diplomacy is becoming more and more crucial to understand and, moreover, to master. Nowadays, diplomats face many challenges regarding cultural diplomacy. Higher Education, multilateral agreements, cultural
diversity or language are examples. This course will focus primarily on the concept of soft power and how to use cultural diplomacy to enhance it. It will also give insight on how the different countries around the world are acting and what are the main issues today regarding cultural diplomacy.


Event Objectives

This online course will help participants enhance their knowledge regarding the cultural aspect of their action as diplomats or government officials. As a result, they will contribute to the overall efficiency and productiveness of their activity.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the lineaments of the concept of soft power ;
  • Appraise the importance of Cultural Diplomacy as a tool to increase State influence;
  • Explain the main issues facing the world regarding cultural diplomacy;
  • Distinguish the different policies led around the world at national and multilateral level.


 e-Learning: The course is internet-based, moderated by senior international experts, asynchronous, and places emphasis on online discussions and self-paced learning. The participants will be primarily responsible for their own learning over the four-week span of the course. The course will consist of the following components:

  • Compulsory and optional reading material, intended to teach the basic concepts and principles of the lesson's subject-matter;
  • External links to additional books, articles, documents, and websites related to the lessons;
  • Quizzes and case studies at the end of each module. To be eligible for the course certificate, a passing grade of 80% on both quizzes and case studies is required;
  • A Community Discussion Board will be available for participants to post questions or comments visible to the instructor and other participants. This discussion board will be moderated by the course director and UNITAR;
  • Estimated learning time: minimum of 40 hours;
  • Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate after the successful completion of the course. 

Targeted Audience

 The course targets mid to senior-level government officers in line ministries as well as staff of intergovernmental / nongovernmental organizations preparing for and/or taking part in mediation initiatives or multilateral conferences. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies relate to this subject are also encouraged to apply

Additional Information


We highly recommend credit card payments.

The course participation fee is 500 USD. You will receive an invoice by email after registration.

Participants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are eligible to apply for a fellowship. Please click here for more details. Registration will be closed as soon as the course is full and your place will be secured once your payment is confirmed.

Technical Requirements

UNITAR recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses. Please consult your Network Administrator or Systems person to ensure that you have the following:

  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (click here to download for free)
    • Adobe Flash Player (click here to download for free)
    • Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac) or Open Office (click here to download for free)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher (click here to download for free); it works better with Firefox 3.6 or higher (click here to download for free) 
  • Note that JavaScript, Cookies and Pop-ups must be enabled