OHCHR/UNITAR Human Rights Orientation Programme for Diplomats



Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training


02 Sep - 03 Sep 2013

Duration of event:

2 days


Geneva, Switzerland

Programme area:

Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy


No fee

Event focal point email:

Event focal point Contact Number:

0041 (0) 22 917 88 10

Other events details:

Public – by registration   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply   How to register

The registration is closed
Deadline for registration: 27 August 2013


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to announce the 5th annual OHCHR/UNITAR Human Rights Orientation Programme for Diplomats in Geneva.

The orientation programme will be held at OHCHR, Palais Wilson, Geneva, on 2 and 3 September 2013 and will include presentations by human rights experts and discussions on key human rights issues.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this orientation programme, participants will be able to:

•Describe and distinguish the core institutions and mechanisms of the international human rights protection system;

•Actively participate in human-rights related negotiations at United Nations Headquarters.

Content and Structure

The two-day programme will cover discussion topics including:

  • Historical overview of the international human rights normative framework;
  • OHCHR’s mandate, working methods, thematic and country-related work;
  • Human Rights Council: structure, functioning and programme of work;
  • Human Rights Council mechanisms: the Universal Periodic Review and special procedures;
  • Human rights treaty bodies;
  • Mainstreaming human rights in development, humanitarian action and peace operations


The orientation programme will be based on a participatory approach and will include presentations and discussions of the topics on the agenda. Time will also be allocated for participants to interact with resource persons. 

Targeted Audience

The orientation programme is open exclusively to members of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations. Priority will be given to diplomats that are relatively new to the multilateral working environment and who are in charge of the human rights portfolio at their respective Missions or Embassies.

Additional Information

The orientation programme is free of charge. Registration will close once the programme is full. Applicants will be contacted when the selection process is finalized.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are requested to register online and to write an email to diplomacy@unitar.org in order to be provided with the event application form. The form has to be returned by mail or by fax (+41 917 80 47)  by Tuesday 27 August, 2013. Please ensure that the form is signed by the Head of your Mission/Embassy.