Winter Edition: 27 – 31 January 2020

Participants of UNITAR's Field Visit to Geneva at the Palace of Nations, July 2019

“Over several days in Geneva we visited UN agencies and were briefed on their work by those working at them. We participated in expert lectures or attended sessions not otherwise for the public. This was an amazingly enriching experience to understand the multilateral context. The UN ceased to be something far away.”
Jennifer Anderson, Australia, participant UNITAR Field Visit

This winter, UNITAR is delighted to deliver a 5-day field visit to Geneva, Switzerland. It will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into International Geneva and thereby gain first-hand experience of the United Nations and its multilateral environment.

As a hub for global diplomacy, Geneva offers itself for a whole series of formative experiences. UNITAR will host most of the activity in the headquarters of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the historic Palais des Nations, and provides a unique agenda consisting of the following elements:

  • expert lectures
  • training workshops
  • multilateral conferences
  • private guided tours
  • career development sessions
  • cultural activities

In line with UNITAR’s mandate, the Immersion Programme’s purpose is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in the area of international affairs and diplomacy. This will empower them to work more efficiently and effectively in any international environment.

It further aspires to give participants direct access to the United Nations’ Institutions and its personal, offering the opportunity to build up professional networks and gain insights into future career steps. For this reason, the programme will include activities with organizations such as:

  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


The Immersion Programme is open to everyone with a deep interest in the United Nations. Participants can come from the public or private sector, NGOs, think tanks and academia. University students and participants from an entirely different background are equally welcome to apply.

In order to ensure the highest standards in quality and implementation, a maximum of 30 participants will be allowed per edition. At the end of each visit, all participants will receive a UNITAR certificate of participation in printed and digital forms.

UNITAR warmly welcomes your participation in the Immersion Programme and looks forward to welcoming you to International Geneva this winter!

"The UNITAR Field Trip was an amazing experience. Besides gaining knowledge from exposure to key stakeholders in the global environment e.g. the UN, UNHCR, ILO, etc., it created an opportunity to form invaluable relationships with fellow participants and UN staff."
Luka Kelly Emefiene, Canada, UNITAR Field Visit


Participants also have the chance to opt for an Immersion Programme Premium Package. This includes a 4-week preparatory e-Learning course on the UNITAR online platform, implemented in the weeks directly prior to the field visit and thereby setting the stage for their time in Geneva.

The course comprises 6 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 6-8 hours of studying per week. It includes weekly reading material, multimedia files as well as moderated discussion boards, exchanging views with fellow participants and UNITAR instructors. 

  • Module 1: The United Nations
  • Module 2: Conference Diplomacy
  • Module 3: Negotiation Skills
  • Module 4: Cross-cultural Communication
  • Module 5: Sustainable Development
  • Module 6: The Art of Speechwriting

For premium package participants, the accommodation in Geneva is included in the fee. UNITAR will provide 6 nights in a reputable mid-range hotel in close proximity to the United Nations institutions (check-in Sunday 26 January, check-out Saturday 1 February 2020).


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