Customized Training

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At the request of individual UN Member States and/or in partnership with intergovernmental organizations, MDP organizes and implements specifically designed courses on themes related to multilateral diplomacy and international affairs management. The duration, content and structure of the courses are defined in close consultation with the beneficiaries and partner organizations in order to meet their specific needs.

MDP's customized training activities can be implemented face-to-face in Geneva or in the beneficiary’s country as well as online as e-Learning courses. The course content can be designed and prepared according to our partners’ needs however the following information applies to all the training activities.


UNITAR’s tailor made training activities in multilateral diplomacy target:

  • Junior to senior level diplomats and other government officials or experts acting as representatives of their governments at the United Nations or in international conferences
  • Government officers from specialized Ministries working on international issues (environment, security, trade etc.), university professors, academics, lawyers and staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

To optimize training, groups for face-to-face activities are usually limited to 40 participants, groups for e-Learning courses to 60 participants.

Resource Persons/Trainers

The trainers and resource persons selected by UNITAR are experts in the fields of international relations, diplomatic practice and international law from academic and international circles, including practitioners from both within and outside the UN system.


All training activities can be offered in English and/or French. Interpretation to other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) can be provided at an additional cost. Participants need a good working knowledge of the language in which the course will be delivered in order to participate meaningfully in group discussions, exercises and simulations. 

Training Material

UNITAR usually provides a set of training material, prepared in close cooperation with the resource persons, consisting of copies of presentations, selected readings, instructions for the interactive exercises and discussion group assignments, relevant publications, etc. The material, enabling trainees to participate in a well informed, effective and prepared way, can also be shared with colleagues who have not benefited from the training.


The delivery format of all trainings devotes particular attention to:

  • Interactivity: The courses involve participants actively with discussions, feedback rounds and group exercises
  • Applicability: The courses use a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach where participants learn how to apply theories to concrete situations, either through case studies, role plays or simulation exercises
  • Experience Sharing: The courses take advantage of the experience, knowledge and personal resources of the participants


Since the content, methods and structure of a course are tailored to the specific needs of the participants and defined in close consultation with the beneficiary/partner organization, the duration usually varies from audience to audience. It is also possible to mix and match courses according to needs. On average, face-to-face trainings normally last one week, whilst e-Learning courses can last from four to eight weeks.

Training Venue

Trainings can take place in-country or in Geneva, Switzerland, where the headquarters of UNITAR is located.


If the training takes place in-country our partner should provide the following facilities:

  • A room with tables and chairs to accommodate approximately 30 participants and one or more trainer(s) and UNITAR staff
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Other equipment (to be determined on a case-by-case basis)


Former beneficiaries
  • Country level

The Programme has implemented customized training activities for the following countries: Azerbaijan, Eritrea, France, The Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Tajikistan, Thailand, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.

  • Regional activities

Since 2006, the Institute has been collaborating with diplomatic academies in Africa, and in Asia and Oceania, in the organization of regional activities in view of strengthening capacities in multilateral conferences and diplomacy. In Africa, UNITAR has partnered with the Diplomatic Academy of South Africa and has held annual training courses in Pretoria for diplomats from the SADC region. In Asia and Oceania, UNITAR has been collaborating with the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy of the Australian National University in the organization of professional development workshops. The 2007 workshop was organized in Bangkok with the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and the 2008 workshop in Kuala Lumpur in partnership with the Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.