Free and Open Courses for the Public

UNITAR offers courses that run throughout the year or several times a year that are free-of-charge and open to the public. For more information about courses offered, please see below. 

E-Tutorial on Global Framework for Climate Services

Climate Servcie online tutorialThis online tutorial, developed in collaboration with GFCS Office, illustrates the importance and benefits of climate services for decision-making in several thematic areas. It also presents the Global Framework for Climate Services, its objectives, components and priority areas. The tutorial is designed for national policy-makers, but it is useful also for practitioners and the general public. Materials include video interviews with experts and short self-assessment exercises to test your knowledge.




Confronting Trauma - A Primer For Global Action

Confronting Trauma UNITAR free online courseThe overall aim of this module is to introduce the international humanitarian, development and UN communities to the large unmet need for psychological trauma care and therapy. It starts by describing the different types of stress and trauma and the dire consequences these can have. After the description of the magnitude of the problem, the module then presents some recent innovations in the field of psychology that have opened up dramatic new possibilities, which hold the promise of an effective response at scale. Going to scale, in turn, poses new challenges and opportunities to the main stakeholder audiences for this module.



Strenghtening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians

Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians UNITAR free online courseThe aim of this advocacy presentation is to raise awareness for and increase understanding of unarmed civilian protection (UCP). It starts by explaining the need for UCP, followed by an introduction to its key principles and methods, and finally describing how it fits into wider protection efforts and global discourses.




Conflict series - 2. Conflict analysis

conflict series 2The conflict series is an open, self-paced course meant to provide an introduction to conflict studies and more advanced courses in conflictology.  The goal of this chapter is to give the learner a basic understanding of the importance of conflict analysis, and a set of tools and methods to start conducting their own.




Conflict series - 1. What is a conflict?

The course is a self-guided, self-paced, web-based course that is on-going and can be accessed at any time. The material is presented in an interactive visual and text format with web-based reference resources. Multiple choice quizzes at the end of each lesson serve a dual function of assessing and evaluating the students’ understanding and retention and provide a further didactic function by reviewing the content.



Gender Matters

What is Gender? The term gender has become central in contemporary literature about development, security and conflict. It  is  often  invoked  in  post-war  contexts  in  relation  to  the  disproportionate  and  unequal  effects  of  war  on men  and  women.  But  what  do  we  mean  by  the  term  gender,  especially  when  we  are  referring  to individuals and relations at local and global levels? This course offers various lenses through which you can look at the complex concept of gender and the inequalities that exist in your environment.


UN CC:Learn Introductory e-Learning Course on Climate Change

The course provides clear, concise and up-to-date information for anybody interested in obtaining a general understanding about climate change.  UN-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called climate change the “defining challenge of our time” and in many countries the impacts of it are already felt. At the same time, it is still very difficult for many people not working directly on the subject to understand the basics of climate change. This free-of-charge e-learning course has been designed in order to provide answers to these questions about climate change. The course is available in three languages: English, French and Spanish.  

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Milestones in UN Peacekeeping

This course offers an overview of the history of UN peacekeeping from the founding of the United Nations in 1945 up to present day and presents current trends in peacekeeping that may shape the future. The goal of this course is to provide a panoramic overview of the pivotal events in the history of UN peacekeeping that have shaped its present form. 



Introduction to environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping operations

With a view to avoid and minimize the environmental impacts of peacekeeping missions, DPKO and the Department of Field Support (DFS) adopted an Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions in June 2009. The goal of the module is to increase general awareness of key environmental and natural resource concepts to all peacekeeping staff. This training course focuses on the environment and natural resource management in a post-conflict context. It is a general awareness training that targets all military, civilian and police personnel and should be completed either pre-deployment or once in-mission. 


Environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping operations: Restoring Governance of Natural Resources

Over 20% of the world’s population currently lives in conflict affected areas and fragile states. In many of these places, natural resources and their governance play a key negative role in both the conflict and the fragility. In fact, since 1990 at least 18 violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. The main objective of this training program is to raise awareness about the links between natural resources, conflict, peacekeeping and peacebuilding among relevant peacekeeping staff and those working on planning, drafting and monitoring of implementation of peacekeeping mandates.


Introduction to security sector reform

Security sector reform (SSR) is a nationally-owned process aimed at ensuring that security and justice providers are accountable to the state and its people; deliver effective, efficient and affordable security and justice services that meet the people’s needs; operate within a framework of good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights; and are legitimate. The goal of the course is to offer an overview of the concept of SSR, highlight the key SSR actors and their roles and outline the implementation of SSR programmes.


Introduction à la réforme du secteur de la sécurité 

Les objectifs principaux de ce cours sont de fournir une définition du concept de Réforme du Secteur de Sécurité, d’énumérer les acteurs principaux agissant dans les programmes de Réforme du Secteur de Sécurité et décrire leurs rôles et responsabilités, et de décrire les différentes étapes des programmes de RSS.


REDD+ Academy e-Course

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an initiative aimed at creating a financial value for the carbon stored in forests; offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. As a part of the REDD+ academy, this e-course will provide you with a State of the Art overview of REDD+ planning and implementation, developed by some of the world’s leading REDD+ experts. It has been designed to accompany you in your learning journey, covering all the main REDD+ topics with 12 modules, from the basics to the finer points of setting reference levels, monitoring, allocation of incentives and stakeholder engagement.

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