CORE COURSES

  • The Work of the Economic and Social Council
  • Elections in the United Nations Organs
  • The Structure, Drafting, and Adoption of United Nations Resolutions
  • United Nations Budget System
  • United Nations General Assembly and the Main Committees
  • Introduction for New Delegates and non-permanent members on the Work of the Security Council
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The Work of the Economic and Social Council

The UN Charter established the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations. The ECOSOC aims to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It fosters debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. Each year, ECOSOC structures its work around an annual theme of global importance to sustainable development. This ensures focused attention, among ECOSOC’s array of partners, and throughout the UN development system.

The Economic and Social Council provides a global platform for inclusive and integrated policy dialogue, follow-up and review, coordination and stakeholder engagement in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related United Nations Agendas.

Duration: 1 Day

Key Objectives

  • Familiarize themselves with the role and functions of the Economic and Social Council and its methods of work;
  • Identify and assess the main issues before the Council;
  • Gain a better understanding of the role of the President of the Council, its Bureau and its informal consultations in order to promote more effective participation;
  • Analyze negotiation dynamics, based on case studies presented by international experts relating to the adoption of resolutions.

News:  https://www.unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/unitar-hosts-orientation-course-economic-and-social-council-members-council

Registration: https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/structure-drafting-and-adoption-united-nations-resolution-2

Elections to United Nations Organs

Securing seats or posts in various UN bodies has become complicated and time-consuming but also, an important task for many election officers of Permanent Missions. This is particularly true as the Organization’s activities have expanded and more institutions have emerged.

This workshop aims to: enhance the understanding of election procedures and processes among participating election officers; equip participants with the necessary overview and tools to identify opportunities for candidatures; and provide election officers with insights and experience of successful campaigning.

Duration: 1 Day

Key Objectives

  • Describe the composition of the principal UN organs and selected subsidiary organs;
  • Compare the different electoral rules that apply in the UN organs;
  • Describe the key elements of the rules and procedures for elections and voting;
  • Interpret the rules and procedures, established practice and legal interpretation pertaining to voting;
  • Contrast the decision-making processes of the regional groups for endorsing candidates;
  • Appraise and assess the trade-offs and risks of engaging in a campaign.

Newshttps://unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/skills-building-workshop-elections-un-organs-0

Registration: https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/elections-united-nations-organs-1

The Structure, Drafting, and Adoption of United Nations Resolutions

While the Charter of the UN has often been regarded as the constitution of the Organization, resolutions adopted by its principal organs may be considered its laws. This workshop provides training on how to go about drafting a UN Resolution, from the rules, terminology of drafting a UN Resolution, to the process underpinning its adoption. Participants will learn about the structure of UN resolutions, with a detailed introduction to resolution drafting. They will gain hands-on experience through drafting exercises. Rules and practices relating to the adoption of resolutions and decisions are also covered.

Duration: 2 days

Key Objectives

  • Describe the structure and form of United Nations resolutions and decisions;
  • Apply this improved understanding and enhanced skills when drafting resolutions;
  • Distinguish the rules and practices relating to the adoption of resolutions.

News:  https://unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/structure-drafting-and-adoption-united-nations-resolutions-seminar

Registration: Workshop on the Structure, Drafting, and Adoption of United Nations Resolutions

United Nations Budget System

2020 Joint SWISS-UNITAR Briefing on United Nations Budgetary Matters - Training Materials can be downloaded from this page.

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The UN system is mainly financed through assessed and voluntary contributions from Member States. The UN Specialized Agencies are funded partly through assessments and voluntary contributions. The course will go through the Regular Budget, the Peacekeeping Budget, and the international tribunals budget, which are funded through assessments. Also, this course will explore how the UN Programmes and Funds are financed through voluntary contributions from Member States. The participation of UN officials and elected chairs of the ACABQ and JIU, as well as the role of those institutions in the budget delivering process is of paramount importance to new delegates. The Fifth Committee, as a General Assembly specialized policymaking process, is a critical part of understanding the UN Budget System.

The Fifth Committee is the Committee of the General Assembly with responsibilities for administration and budgetary matters. Based on the reports of the Fifth Committee, the General Assembly considers and approves the budget of the Organization in accordance with the charter of the United Nations.

Relevant topics will include the Implementation of Management Reform, with a concentra­tion on Peace and Security in efforts to increase recognition and integrated efforts towards prevention, as well as Development to achieve global development plans and to better gov­ernance and coordination. Other relevant topics will include Human Resources Manage­ment, Human Resources Strategy, HRM resolution, as well as an in-depth and productive look into Scale of Assessments.

Duration: 2 Days

Key Objectives

  • Describe the structure and form of United Nations resolutions and de­cisions on the Budget;
  • Apply this improved understanding and enhanced skills when drafting resolutions in the Fifth Committee;
  • Distinguish the rules and practices relating to the adoption of resolutions in the Fifth Committee.

News https://www.unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/unitar-launches-2019-course-new-delegates-fifth-committee

For Inquiries on Registration: nyo@unitar.org

Registration: United Nations Budget System (Fifth Committee)

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75th United Nations General Assembly and the Main Committees

Training Materials for the workshop on the 75th United Nations General Assembly and the Main Committees

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A large proportion of them come from their respective capitals. Before taking up their assignments, new delegates, in particular, may benefit greatly from a concise and intensive learning exercise focused on the functions of the General Assembly. UNITAR’s General Briefing for new delegates, which attracts hundreds of participants annually, offers this opportunity.

In addition to the Briefing on the Work of the General Assembly, the course will provide panels on the work of all six main Committees of the General Assembly. The panels serve to familiarize delegates with the subject area discussed in each Committee and to provide information on important achievements and resolutions from former sessions. Participants will also learn about the special dynamics and working methods of each Committee.

Duration: 2 days 

Key Objectives

  • Describe the functions and powers of the General Assembly;
  • Determine the role of the President of the General Assembly;
  • Address its subsidiary organs and rules of procedure;
  • Understand the role and mission of the General Assembly Secretariat;
  • Analyse the 75th session of the General Assembly, its documents and resolutions.

News:  https://unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/unitar-nyo-opens-briefing-session-delegates-74th-unga-2019

Registrationhttps://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/briefings-new-delegates-work-75th-united-nations-general-assembly

Introduction of Members to the Work of the Security Council

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the UN Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.  Shortly after the election of the five new Members of the Security Council, their representatives will need to become thoroughly familiar with the issues before the Council and its methods of work, so that they may be ready to start their mandate. This intensive two-day orientation course aims at providing such information to the new delegates.

Course notes: This course will be offered twice to better accommo­date various missions’ needs (see calendar for dates)

Introduction for New Delegates and Non-Permanent Members. The Work of the Security Council  The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the UN Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

Shortly after the election of the five new Members of the Security Council, their representatives will need to become thoroughly familiar with the issues before the Council and its methods of work, so that they may be ready to start their mandate. This intensive two-day orientation course aims at providing such information to the new delegates.

Duration: 3 Days (Flexible)

Key Objectives

  • Describe the functions, practices and procedures of the Security Council;
  • Identify and assess the main issues before the Council;
  • Determine the role of the President of the Council and infor­mal consultations;
  • Understand the mandate components of current peace­keeping and political missions;
  • Analyse the highlights of the Security Council practice, work­ing documents, meeting records, and Subsidiary Bodies.

News: https://www.unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/unitar-launches-training-newly-elected-members-security-council-vietnam-st-vincent-and-grenadines

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For Inquiries from new delegates and non-permanent members of the Security Council: pelayo.alvarez@unitar.org or  nyo@unitar.org

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