Orientation Course for New Members of Permanent Missions on the Work of the United Nations



Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training


23 Apr - 24 Apr 2013

Duration of event:

2 days


New York, United States

Programme area:

International Law, Multilateral Diplomacy


USD 550


You will not be charged for the course at this point. In case a sufficient number of participant signs up for the course, we will ask you in a separate email to confirm your interest and your payment. The workshop is free-of-charge for diplomats assigned to a mission from a low or middle income country according to the World Bank classification. Diplomats from high-income countries and representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations, civil society and other interested individuals are required to pay the participation fee.

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Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification and link for the payment will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.
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Deadline for application: 21 April 2013


When delegates join the Permanent Mission of their country to the United Nations, they have usually been provided with basic training on the Organization.  This training, while most valuable, may prove to be insufficient when they have to face suddenly the realities of their new assignment.  This one-week orientation, the longest-running course offered by UNITAR to the New York diplomatic community, aims at meeting this challenge.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the role and functions of the United Nations and its principal organs;
  • Specify the functions of a permanent mission and the role of a diplomat in a multilateral setting;and
  • Better understand the role and services performed by the United Nations Secretariat.

Content and Structure

The intensity of the course requires active involvement from all the participants.  Each session includes a period for discussion and questions on points of specific interest to the participants. The course concludes with a simulation exercise on the negotiation and drafting of a United Nations resolution. 


Presentations are made by experienced diplomats and members of the Secretariat.

Targeted Audience

The course is intended for members of permanent missions who have never served in New York before and have not been assigned to their mission for more than a few months.

Additional Information

The course is free of charge for all members of permanent missions from a low-income or middle-income country according to the World Bank classification accredited to United Nations Headquarters. Other interested government officials; representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations, and individuals may participate on a fee basis (550 USD).

For more information, please contact our New York Office (nyo@unitar.org). More information about UNITAR’s core diplomacy training (CDT) pricing policy is available at http://www.unitar.org/mdp/cdt.

Members of permanent missions who wish to participate in this course are requested to register online at http://www.unitar.org/event/new-york.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a UNITAR Certificate of Completion.