More than 70 years after the creation of the United Nations, countless local, national and international conflicts continue to affect many parts of our world. Through its courses, UNITAR offers an in-depth analysis of the mandate, policies and actions of the UN in the field of peace and security, as well as human rights diplomacy.
This course introduces the evolution of concepts such as Pacific Settlement of International Disputes and describes the role of the United Nations. Participants will discuss the implementation of the Security Council’s mandate and the United Nations peacekeeping missions, political missions, and peace-building efforts.
Annually the UN convenes over 10,000 international meetings. This course provides a clear and pragmatic understanding of the procedures and practices for decision-making at the United Nations and familiarises participants with the structure and form of UN resolutions. The course is recommended for junior to mid-level diplomats who work in UN multilateral environments and includes examples and simulation exercises which provide participants with practical opportunities to practice and perfect their drafting skills and techniques.
Crises, in various forms, create highly complex and pressured negotiation situations for diplomats and government officials; presenting new challenges and fresh opportunities for participation in decision-making processes. Effective performance in international negotiations during a crisis requires a broad and self-assured understanding of a number of policies and their interconnections, as well as both an awareness of the forums and contexts of multilateral diplomacy and an ability to employ sophisticated negotiation techniques. This knowledge and these proficiencies are essential for officials working in foreign ministries and the sections of other departments concerned with international development.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) have designed this orientation programme to strengthen diplomats’ capacity to work effectively with OHCHR and Human Rights Council mechanisms, and hence better perform their human-rights related functions within the frameworks of the United Nations. This orientation provides an introduction to the historical evolution of the international human rights normative framework. It also discusses ways in which human rights are mainstreamed within different United Nations policies and debated in UN bodies such as the General Assembly and the Security Council.