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Upon the request of UN Member States and/or in partnership with intergovernmental organizations, UNITAR designs and delivers tailor-made activities on themes related to multilateral diplomacy and international affairs.  The duration, content and structure of the courses are defined in close consultation with the beneficiaries, governments and partner organizations in order to meet their specific needs.

UNITAR’s customized training activities on multilateral diplomacy and international affairs can be implemented face-to-face in Geneva, in the beneficiary’s country or in another city relevant for the course, as well as online as e-Learning programmes. For more information, please contact Mr. Rabih El-Haddad  rabih.haddad@unitar.org.


UNITAR’s customized training activities in multilateral diplomacy and international affairs target:

  • Junior to senior level diplomats, and other government officials or experts acting as representatives to their governments at the United Nations or at 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 25 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, coming from both academic and policy circles, including practitioners from both within and outside the UN system.

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 design and training methodologies of the training devotes particular attention to:

  • Interactivity: The courses involve participants actively with discussions, feedback rounds and group exercises
  • Learning-by-doing: This approach allows participants to learn how to apply theories to concrete situations, either through case studies, role plays or simulation exercises
  • Experience Sharing: The courses draw from the experience, knowledge and personal resources of the participants


Since the content, methods and structure of the training is always tailored to the specific needs of the participants and defined in close consultation with the beneficiary, government or partner organization(s), the duration of the course usually varies from audience to audience. On average, face-to-face trainings normally last one week, whilst e-Learning courses can last from four to eight weeks.


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.

Training Venue

Trainings can take place in-country or in Geneva, Switzerland, where the headquarters of UNITAR is located, in the beneficiary’s country or in another city relevant for the course, as well as online as e-Learning programmes.


For more information

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Mr. Rabih El-Haddad, rabih.haddad@unitar.org.

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