IMPORTANT NOTICE - The Executive Diploma in Beirut has been postponed to 6-7 January 2020. Thank you for your patience. UNITAR will be in touch by the end of the year for those who registered already.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Before making any payments, please submit your application composed by:
- Motivation letter
to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. After the review of the application, only successful candidates will be able to enroll in the programme.
The main component of the Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice is a series of 7 workshops, which fall within UNITAR's Core Diplomatic Training (CDT).
The format of the CDT consists of 2-days executive-style training workshops, delivered face-to-face to diplomats and other beneficiaries at major UN locations so that they can perform effectively in a multilateral environment. These workshops will take place at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Lebanon.
UNITAR has been delivering CDT courses since its inception in 1965 and the courses are traditionally considered the “core” training of the Institute. By definition, CDT implies training that is multilateral in character and offered in a multilateral context. All Member States and the United Nations, collectively, benefit from greater knowledge on how to operate in the multilateral setting and perform effectively and efficiently.
CDT covers training in international cooperation and multilateral diplomacy, and is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the United Nations system and its organs and procedures, strengthening the skills relevant to conferences and negotiations and supporting efforts to build a more effective multilateral system.
Each individual workshop will have a specific set of learning objectives, but the learning objectives of the diploma as a whole are as follows:
- Develop a critical understanding of contemporary bilateral and multilateral diplomacy challenges;
- Demonstrate a comprehensive, substantive and practical knowledge of the United Nations system, Digital Diplomacy, Diplomatic Protocol, Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation, etc;
- Critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses related to negotiation skills and techniques, drafting, negotiating and adopting UN resolutions, leadership skills, public speaking and communication;
- Produce a research paper that extends beyond the theoretical content of a workshop and relates to participants’ professional work;
- Perform efficiently and effectively in both bilateral and multilateral working environments with increased confidence.
The 2019/2020 edition of the Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice programme will comprise of four main components:
Preparation Stage– Prior to the beginning of the series, participants might receive individual guidance from UNITAR experts, which will include a questionnaire of expectations, and/or an individual Skype session with a UNITAR representative and a certified coach to address any questions or concerns about the programme.
Training Workshops – 7 skills-based workshops, which will aim to be cross cutting and to equip participants with knowledge and practical competences to enhance their expertise in multilateral settings, and to enrich their professional performances. The topics envisioned for the next edition are:
- Introduction to the United Nations System;
10-11 October 2019(Postponed to 6-7 January 2020)
- Effective writing for multilateral diplomacy;
28-29 November 2019(Postponed to 27-28 February 2020)
- Economic diplomacy;
12-13 December 2019(Postponed to 19-20 March 2020)
- Climate change diplomacy: conventions, protocols and integrated planning for climate change;
6-7 January 2020(Postponed to 22-23 April 2020)
- Cosmopolitan communication: connecting across diplomats, business leaders and civil society actors;
27-28 February 2020(Specific dates to be confirmed)
- Negotiating in challenging settings: overcoming negotiation deadlocks;
19-20 March 2020(Specific dates to be confirmed)
- Leading in times of global transition: harnessing your leadership style.
22-23 April 2020(Specific dates to be confirmed)
Order and dates of these workshops may be subject to modification. Each CDT Workshop takes place once every month with a usual interval of about 30 days.
Follow-Up Stage – At the end of the programme, attendees who have worked towards receiving the Executive Diploma will be further evaluated in the same vein as the first component, in order to assess their learning margins after the completion of the trainings. This process will allow for consistent and thorough monitoring of participants’ progress, and will serve as a final phase in their learning cycle.
Research Paper – The final requirement to obtain the Executive Diploma will be the submission of a research paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words. For this requirement, participants must provide a more in-depth analysis and argumentation on a chosen theme covered in the course or related to multilateral diplomacy.
Participants are required to attend at least 5 of the 7 Core Diplomatic Training (CDT) workshops offered by UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit from January to April 2020;
Participants will engage in simulation exercises during the workshop, which trainers will assess in accordance with the learning objectives of each workshop on a pass or fail basis;
In exceptional circumstances, it will be possible for participants who cannot attend 7 workshops to take up to 2 of MDPU’s e-Learning courses instead of 2 CDT workshops;
All participants will submit a final Research Paper based on the material covered in one of the workshops. The Research paper is to be turned in latest by June 2020 after the last workshop in April.
There is no primary target audience for the Executive Diploma yet priority is given to the diplomatic community in Beirut. 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) are highly encoureged to apply, and UNITAR will make a selection based on the applications it receives.
The minimum requirements to be accepted for the Executive Diploma are the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree;
- 2-3 years of relevant professional experience (no specific field required although fields related to multilateral diplomacy are a plus);
- Proficiency in English.
Fee and Fee Reductions
The overall fee for a total of up to 7 workshops is USD 6,900. UNITAR is delighted to announce that a limited number of fellowships are offered to participants from Developing and Least-Developed Countries according to the UNSD M49 Standard.
UNITAR will make a selection based on the applications it receives.
For more information, please write an email to email@example.com or call +41 (0) 22 917 86 77, or visit www.unitar.org/cdt.
All accepted participants will be informed by email.