Orientation Briefing on Geneva’s Multilateral Working Environment



Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training


30 Sep - 01 Oct 2014

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:

+41 22 917 86 77

Other events details:

By application & selection   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply   How to apply

Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.


In order to perform efficiently in Geneva’s multilateral working environment, it is crucial for diplomats to have a sound knowledge of the structure and functioning of the UN System and its various Geneva-based components. Over the years, the mandate, governance and decision-making of the UN agencies, funds and specialized agencies based in Geneva have evolved considerably and diplomats are increasingly called upon to cover the work of various organisations with diverse decision-making mechanisms. 

This briefing will provide participants with an overview of the United Nations System in Geneva and strengthen their understanding of the mandate and governance of some of the main Geneva-based organisations.

Event Objectives

After this briefing participants should be able to:

  • Define the mandate and functions of some of the major international organisations in Geneva;
  • Analyse linkages between the international organisations in Geneva;
  • Perform more efficiently in Geneva’s multilateral working environment.

Content and Structure

Representatives of international organisations and agencies based in Geneva will provide participants with an overview of the mandate and governance of their entity. The programme includes time for Q&A sessions and discussions. Participants will also be familiarised with privileges and immunities applicable to diplomats accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva. 

Targeted Audience

This briefing targets members of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international or regional organisations, funds and programmes. UNITAR reserves the right to make a selection among candidates.

Additional Information

The briefing will take place from 09:00-12:30 and from 13:30-17:00 on 30 September & 01 October 2014, at the Palais des Nations. The briefing will be conducted in English.

UNITAR is delighted to announce that this briefing can be offered free of charge.
For more information, please write an email to diplomacy@unitar.org or call +41 (0)22 917 87 77 or visit www.unitar.org/cdt.