List of Orientation Courses

  • Effective Negotiation in Multilateral Conferences
  • Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation
  • Financing for Development and the 2030 Agenda
  • Towards the 2030 Agenda: UN Charter Challenges
  • Human Rights and the SDGs
  • Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review 2020 (QCPR)
  • Drafting Skills and Report Writing

Effective negotiation in multilateral conferences

In a multilateral context, effective negotiation skills are critical for managing interdependencies, leveraging power and influencing outcomes. Mastering negotiation tools can therefore assist in securing beneficial agreements at the international level.

Participants in this workshop will receive training from top negotiation experts on effective negotiation skills in multilateral conferences. They will also learn first-hand from experienced diplomats and international civil servants who have successfully negotiated agreements in the peace and security and social and economic spheres.

This workshop’s objective is to improve international cooperation through more effective negotiating in a multilateral context.

Duration: 1 day

Key Objectives

  • Define and distinguish the purposes, products and processes of multilateral conferences;
  • Assess the strategies and techniques for producing good negotiated outcomes;
  • Anticipate and address the main challenges in multilateral negotiations, both from the negotiators’ as well as the Chair’s perspective.
  • Analyze negotiation dynamics, based on case studies presented by international experts relating to the adoption of resolutions.

Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation

Marshalling expertise from the United Nations system and from Columbia School of Law, the SDGFund and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are partnering to implement a half-day briefing focused on applying expert knowledge in the areas of preventive diplomacy and multilateral negotiation to the attainment of the SDGs.

This briefing will initiate a longer-term reflection on the central relevance of preventive diplomacy and multilateral negotiation as tools that can be employed by diplomats, policy-makers, practitioners and researchers in their individual and collective efforts towards attaining the SDGs. This conversation will be pursued in Madrid and will focus on regional dispute settlement. The Conference will also draw in leaders of diplomatic training institutes who will share their expertise and ultimately to incorporate within their respective diplomatic training curricula, preventive diplomacy and multilateral negotiation tools for the attainment of the SDGs.

Duration: 2 day

Key Objectives

  • Inform participants of the connections between preventive diplomacy, multilateral negotiation, and attainment of SDGs;
  • Equip participants with knowledge of preventive diplomacy skills that are used in the field;
  • Investigate case studies that have encountered obstacles in implementing targets of the 2030 Agenda.
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Effective negotiation in multilateral conferences

Financing for Development and the 2030 Agenda

Mobilizing adequate resources —financial and nonfinancial— is critical for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There is a need for a dramatic increase in financing as well as a major push to address global systemic issues and to advance capacity building, technology development and transfer, coherence in domestic policies and knowledge sharing and mutual learning.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will better understand the scope and objectives of the normative frameworks for financing sustainable development. The linkages between the frameworks and the groundbreaking 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be clarified, as will the institutional mechanisms that are in place to monitor progress in financing and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Participants will also gain an understanding of the policy recommendations that emanate from analytical and normative work conducted across a range of entities and processes and how these can feed into policymaking at the national and local levels.

Duration: 1 day

Key Components

  • Understand the scope and objectives of intergovernmental outcomes on Financing for Development, particularly the Addis Ababa Action Agenda;
  • Describe the resources needed to implement the 2030 Agenda, including financial and non-financial means of implementation and the role of the United Nations system in supporting efforts by Governments in this area;
  • Gain knowledge on the important milestones for financing for development in 2020, including the Development Cooperation Forum High-level Meeting, ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up and ECOSOC special Meeting on “International Cooperation in Tax Matters”.
  • d on case studies presented by international experts relating to the adoption of resolutions.

Towards the 2030 Agenda: UN Charter Challenges

The workshop aims to enhance governmental officials’ understanding of the United Nations Charter. As a result, diplomats will be able to more comprehensively and navigate their day-to-day activities with a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of the Charter.

The workshop will cover a historical overview of the UN Charter, including how it was created and for what purposes it was designed. The workshop will work through the different articles of the Charter, explain the importance of certain articles in the United Nations system today, and show how the Charter structured the United Nations as we know it today.

In particular, the workshop will look at the changes to the United Nations Agenda after the adoption of the SDGs.

Duration: 1/2 day

Key Objectives

  • Expand understanding of the history of the United Nations Charter;
  • Enhance knowledge of all articles of the Charter
  • Strengthen understanding of legal underpinnings of the UN.

Human Rights and the SDGs

In contrast to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which addressed a relatively narrow set of economic and social issues, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted on 25 September 2015 by the General Assembly, encompasses a wide range of interlocking issues spanning over 17 goals and 169 targets. In another significant difference with the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are explicitly “grounded in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties” and other instruments, including the Declaration on the Right to Development.

Bearing in mind that the SDGs aim to “realize the rights of all” and stress the “responsibilities of all States…to respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all….” this course explores the specific connections between the SDGs targets and human rights instruments and standards.

Duration: 1 day 

Key Components

  • Seek to delineate the legal nature of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Identify human rights standards which are not explicitly addressed by the SDGs (for instance civil and political rights, climate change);
  • Examine the enforceability of the SDGs from a human rights perspective.
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Training Series for the QCPR 2020


The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) is the mechanism through which the General Assembly assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of UN operational activities for development and establishes system-wide policy orientations for operational activities for development and country-level modalities of the UN development system.

The 2020 QCPR process presents an important opportunity for Member States to engage in a dialogue on how to adapt UN operational activities for development to the changing global development landscape and the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

To facilitate the QCPR process, the Secretary-General undertakes in-depth analysis informed by the work of UN entities at headquarters and in the field, as well as programme country governments, which is presented in an annual report. The 2020 Secretary-General’s report on QCPR will assess progress in implementation of the 2016 QCPR resolution and point the way for a strategic and focused QCPR to be adopted in 2020. Additional information is available at

6 Modules, Duration of 1/2 day each

Key Objectives

  • Understand the longer-term positioning of the UN development system
  • Understand the relations between the UN development system and the SDG implementation in targeted countries
  • Understand the funding for the UN operational activities for development

Drafting Skills and Report Writing

The course on report writing is aimed at helping diplomats new and experienced to the UN system with writing effective reports. Doing so will include developing a reliable process, finding a voice, crafting reports, and understanding the language of UN reports.

By understanding the parts of different reports, who the audience is, and what subject is supposed to be covered, the participants will become better writers and more informed consumers of diplomatic reports, able to navigate through them with ease to find what information they require.

This course aims to help novice speechwriters and seasoned scribes alike to create compelling material, develop a reliable process, find a speechwriting voice, craft excellent speeches – and become a more informed consumer of diplomatic rhetoric in the process.

Duration: 1 day

Key Components

  • To become better report writers through informed practice
  •  Apply the criteria of good report writing
  • Discover and navigate challenges to report writing
  • Learn the basic techniques of effective language
  • Learn to navigate a report structure

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