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3rd Edition of UNITAR's Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice

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Geneva, Switzerland
1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018
Duration of event:
12 Months
Programme Area:
Special event, Multilateral Diplomacy
Specific Target Audience:
Core Diplomatic Training
UNITAR is pleased to announce that participants from low and middle income countries (according to the World Bank Atlas Method) are eligible for a limited number of fee reductions upon request.
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+41 22 91 78 805
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Following the success of the previous two editions of the Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice, UNITAR is pleased to announce the third edition of its Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice.

From September 2017 to August 2018, 10 two-day Core Diplomatic Training workshops will be delivered in Geneva, Switzerland. Candidates participating in the Executive Diploma will have the possibility to attend all of these 10 two-day workshops during this period.

The Executive Diploma represents an unparalleled opportunity for diplomats and other key actors in the multilateral system to strengthen their capacities and knowledge in the practice of diplomacy. Being awarded an Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice will not only improve career opportunities of successful candidates, but also expand the reach of their global network.

Each individual workshop will have a specific set of learning objectives, but the learning objectives of the diploma as a whole are as follows:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of contemporary bilateral and multilateral diplomacy challenges;  
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive, substantive and practical knowledge of the United Nations system, Human Rights, climate change diplomacy, economic diplomacy, diplomatic protocol, conference diplomacy and multilateral negotiation;
  3. Critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses related to negotiation skills and techniques, drafting, negotiating and adopting UN resolutions, leadership skills, public speaking and media relations;
  4. Produce a research paper that extends beyond the theoretical content of a workshop and relates to participants’ professional work;
  5. Perform efficiently and effectively in both bilateral and multilateral working environments with increased confidence.


The proposed Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice will require participants to complete at least 8 of the 10 two- day workshops between September 2017 to August 2018. 

1. Effective Writing- September 2017

2. Climate Change Diplomacy- October 2017

3. Negotiation Skills and Techniques- November 2017

4. Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiations- December 2017

5. Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette- January 2018

6. International Human Rights Protection and Promotion- February 2018

7. Public Speaking- March 2018

8. Economic Diplomacy- April 2018

9. Negotiating, Drafting and Adopting UN Resolutions- May 2018

10. Leadership Skills- June 2018

Please note that workshop content and dates are subject to modification.

You can find further information on the content in the following brochure: Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice 2017-2018.

  1. Participants are required to attend at least 8 of the 10 Core Diplomatic Training (CDT) workshops offered by UNITAR from September 2017 to August 2018
  2. Participants will also complete simulation exercises during the workshops, which trainers will assess in accordance with the learning objectives of each workshop on a pass or fail basis.
  3. At the end of each workshop, participants will have to complete the level 1 evaluation (participants feedback questionnaire) and the level 2 evaluation (to measure the improvement in participants’ level of knowledge, skills and competencies at the end of training event compared to the beginning);
  4. In exceptional circumstances, it will be possible for participants who cannot attend 8 workshops, to take up to 2 of the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme’s (MDP) e-Learning courses instead of 2 CDT workshops. Participants who opt to do so will have to attend 6 face-to-face workshops and 2 e-learning courses, for an overall total of at least 8 face-to-face and online activities;
  5. Where a participant has opted to replace a face-to-face workshop with an e-learning course, the successful completion of the course will be the criteria for evaluation. The maximum number of face-to-face workshops that can be replaced by e-learning courses is 2;
  6. All participants will also have to submit a final research report by August 1st, 2018. The research paper will be based on the material covered in one of the workshops. Participants are expected to write a 3,000-5,000 words paper (excluding bibliography and footnotes). Titles and learning objectives of each paper will be decided and approved in consultation with the trainer from the relevant CDT workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to relate the topic to their work. Research papers will be submitted on the Moodle platform by August 1, and technical assistance will be provided by the MDP Team. Research papers will be graded by the supervisor on a pass or fail basis, according to the degree to which the trainer assesses the participants to have met the learning objectives of the research paper set with the candidate and the learning objectives of the diploma more broadly.

The primary target audience for the Executive Diploma is the diplomatic community in Geneva. Other interested participants (staff of international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, diplomatic academies and foreign service training institutions, as well as academics and private sector professionals) will be considered, and UNITAR will make a selection based on the applications it receives.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to be accepted for the Executive Diploma are the following ones:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree;
  2. 2-3 years of relevant professional experience;
  3. Proficiency in English.

Fee and Fee Reductions

The fee for the Diploma is 8000 USD.

UNITAR is pleased to announce that participants from low and middle income countries are eligible for a limited number of fee reductions upon request.

UNITAR will make a selection based on the applications it receives.


The workload is estimate to be 200 hours for the whole duration of the Diploma.

  1. Of these, a minimum of 128 hours will be dedicated to face-to-face workshops or e-learning courses; each 2 day workshop will last 14 hours in total;
  2. Approximately 50% of the time in each workshop will be dedicated to presentations and discussion, while the remaining 50% will be simulation exercises; and
  3. The remaining 60 hours are set aside for participants to draft their research paper and discuss improvements with their respective supervisors.


For more information, please write an email to or call +41 22 91 78 805 or visit

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All accepted participants will be informed by email.


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