What is Core Diplomatic Training (CDT)?
CDT is practice-oriented training provided to diplomats and other beneficiaries at major United Nations locations so that they can perform effectively in a multilateral context.
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.
UNITAR has been delivering CDT courses since its inception in 1965 and the courses are traditionally considered the “core” training of the Institute. The nature of the training is “on the UN for the UN by the UN”. 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 is face-to-face learning provided through executive style training (concise, accessible and directly applicable) that is highly interactive. The average duration of a CDT course is between one and two days and courses are delivered in either English or French (at the moment, only courses in English are available in Geneva).
In order to ensure the on-going participation of least developed countries and other developing countries in CDT courses, UNITAR offers a number of fellowships. These are normally reserved to diplomats based in Geneva, but exceptions may be made depending on the availability of funds for each workshop.
UNITAR’s New Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice
- From September 2018 to August 2019, UNITAR will deliver 10 face-to-face Core Diplomatic Training activities in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants who complete a minimum of 8 out of 10 workshops, along with the submission of a final research paper, are eligible to be awarded an Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice.
- The workshops are aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of the United Nations System, its organs and procedures, as well as strengthening skills to facilitate efficient participation in conferences and negotiations and support a more effective multilateral system.
- Candidates participating in the Executive Diploma will have the possibility to attend all 10 trainings during this period.
- 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.
Why are UNITAR’s CDT courses unique?
Few other courses have the same level of involvement of experienced United Nations staff, high-level diplomats and facilitators with insight into the United Nations system.
- The methodology of UNITAR courses is influenced by the multilateral setting, involving peer-to-peer learning and exchange within a global body of diplomats.
UNITAR courses are highly accessible: they are held at United Nations locations and fitted, to the extent possible, into the calendar of official United Nations meetings.
Where is CDT being implemented?
- CDT courses take place at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva as well as at UN Offices in the host cities of UN regional economic commissions (Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Nairobi, Santiago de Chile), in Vienna and Rome.
What is the target audience?
UNITAR’s Core Diplomatic Training courses 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, staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and private sector companies.
Are there any fellowships for CDT courses?
UNITAR is happy to announce that a limited number of fellowships are available for the following groups of people:
Thanks to the generous support of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, UNITAR is able to offer fellowships to diplomats from the Group of 77 taking place in courses in Geneva and New York
The courses taking place in Vienna can be offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of Austria.
More information on the fellowship opportunities.