UNITAR Summer School on Multilateral Diplomacy




17 Jun - 21 Jun 2013

Duration of event:

5 days


New York, United States

Programme area:

EGovernance, Multilateral Diplomacy


USD 400


The participation fee for the summer school is USD 1000. Participants are required to pay the registration fee in advance by credit card or bank transfer through the online registration system. The participation fee includes: - Participation in the full five day programme, including skills-building sessions with professional trainer -Preparation materials and course documentation, such as Power Point Presentations and handouts Travel, meals and accommodation are required to be organized and covered independently by the participants.

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Deadline for registration: 21 June 2013


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) one-week intensive summer school provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the special dynamics and key issues at stake in multi-lateral diplomacy from an insider perspective as well as to enhance their diplomatic and research skills through capacity-building training from experienced practitioners. It is designed particularly for students pursuing a professional or academic career in the field of international politics. The summer school also provides an excellent preparation for participation in Model United Nations.

Event Objectives

At the end of the UNITAR Summer School on Multilateral Diplomacy participants will:

-Have gained in-depth understanding of the internal structure and organization of the United Nations;
-Have acquired substantive knowledge on current issues at stake in multilateral diplomacy, such as conflict prevention, peacebuilding and the post-2015 development agenda;
-Have learnt strategies and techniques for producing good negotiated outcomes and discovered their own negotiation style;
-Be able to draft a United Nations Resolution;
-Be familiar with the numerous online sources of documentation and information on the United Nations;
-Be able to define and conduct a research project in the field of multi-lateral diplomacy; and 
-Be familiar with career opportunities for graduates at the United Nations.

Content and Structure

Topics for 2013 include

-Diplomatic skills-building trainings from expert practicioners: Drafting Resolutions, Effective Negotiations in Multilateral Conferences and Public Speaking;
-An orientation to the UN and its bodies;
-Rule of Law and Democratic Institution Building in Post-Conflict Countries;
-The Post-2015 Development Agenda;
-The UN and Human Rights, and more.


The summer school will combine an academic approach, featuring expert presentations by Faculty from Yale and Brown Universities, and seminar style discussions on substantial issues with practical sessions, including skills-building trainings on negotiating, resolution writing and research. The students will be able to learn from and exchange views with distinguished diplomats, high-level UN officials, renowned academics and experienced practitioners from the NGO sector.

Targeted Audience

The targeted audience for this course is graduate and advanced undergraduate students pursuing a career in international relations, multilateral diplomacy, public policy or administration, international business, language, or a related field.

Additional Information


Students are encouraged to individually check with their respective faculties, if credits can be assigned for the UNITAR Summer School on Multilateral Diplomacy. UNITAR NYO will review and grade students’ research papers.

Participants will be required to submit a research paper on a topic in the field of international diplomacy as part of the summer school. Topics will be assigned two weeks before the start of the summer school. The deadline for submission of the paper will be one month after the end of the seminar in New York. Along with the assigned topic, students will also receive a folder with background material on the topics of the summer school, which will help them preparing for and to actively engage in discussions during the seminar in New York.