Special Series

  • Columbia Law School Series: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation
  • Global Diplomacy Initiative: Special Programme for International Students
  • Cybersecurity and Information Technology Series

Columbia Law School 2020 Series: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation


Columbia Law School and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to announce the third series of workshops on Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation. The workshops deliver the most rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming for United Nations diplomats. Our individual day-long courses will leverage Columbia’s unparalleled strength in the area of conflict resolution, weaving it in with skills-building programming that acknowledges the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The programs are designed for delegates at any level who wish to achieve mastery of negotiation, mediation and multilateral conflict resolution processes, and implement them toward solving the world’s most difficult problems.

Duration: 1 day each

Key Components

  • Innovative, multidisciplinary teaching at an equivalent level to that seen in Columbia University and Columbia Law School degree programs Access to the best Columbia Law School faculty and experts  
  • Interactive exercises with individual coaching toward greater skills mastery
  • Rigorous programs delivering the latest in theory toward the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

Courses Offered

  • Negotiation to Lead
  • Designing Multi-Tiered Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation and Human Rights
  • Women in Peace, Mediation and Negotiation
  • Women Peace and Security: Achieving Gender Equity in Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Resolution for Environmental Protection

Find more information and registration details, please refer to Columbia Law School 2020 series page.

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Global Diplomacy Initiative: Special Programme for International Students


UNITAR Global Diplomacy Initiative programme provides a rare opportunity for students to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves. Although there is no shortage of courses on global politics and policies, few (if any) provide this education in the context of first-hand experience – experience the United Nations is uniquely situated to provide. Through this method, students will gain an understanding of current global issues, and of the shaping of things to come - on the scene, as they happen. The instructors will be current UN ambassadors, diplomats and delegates, with material covering a range of global issues from the past, present and future. In keeping with the spirit of this “real-world” learning methodology, courses will blend classroom instruction with the observation of UN General Assembly sessions and other UN forums.

Students will develop a global political perspective through a first-hand look at the modern statecraft. Befitting the mindset of global diplomacy, students will be encouraged to think collaboratively, creatively and critically. These skills will be applied to various mechanisms of diplomacy, the media discourse and the responsibilities of being part of the global community, ultimately with the goal of developing more socially aware and politically active students. Spaces are limited, and a selection process will take place.

Duration: 10 – 12 weeks

Key Objectives

  • Better understand the work of the UN
  • Discuss the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda
  • Learn from individuals who have experience in the field of diplomacy
  • Attend and experience events in the UN

Find more information and registration details Here

Cybersecurity and Information Technology Series


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are huge carriers of opportunities for economic and social development, but they also introduce new threats for international peace and security. In today’s world, public institutions, private entities as well as individuals must be prepared to manage and defend against cyber-security related risks. Building confidence, security and stability in cyberspace is essential so that the international community can take full advantage of the potentials offered through the digital space.

The main goal of the course is to offer a platform for diplomats from Member States to become familiar with the basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity in order to put in place adequate measures for protection. Their conceptual and practical understanding of cyberspace will be strengthened, and their ability to formulate policies, strategies, and governance structures to address challenges related with cyberspace. They will be given an overview of the principles and developments underlying international security issues in cyberspace, including the state of the practice and strategies for the future.

Program content includes lectures, highly interactive discussions, and case studies related to:

  • Introduction to information security basics, understanding of disruptive technologies and existing threats 
  • The global cybersecurity background and context, including overview of existing global and regional processes
  • Cyber Security & International Law (Norms of Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, GGE)
  • Ethics in Cyberspace (Privacy, Intellectual Property, Freedom of Speech, Internet Fraud, Cyber harassment and cyberbullying, cybercrimes)
  • Cyber Risk Identification, Assurance and Resilience (frameworks for measuring risks and basics of cybersecurity resource allocation)
  • Cybersecurity governance framework (with elements of guidelines for building National Cyber Security Strategy, with examples of good practices)

Duration: 1 day each

Find more information and registration details; Email nyo@unitar.org

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