United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Human Rights Council Training Program 2023

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Applications are open for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Human Rights Council Training Program 2023

Application Deadline: 10th June 2023

About the Award: This course will run in parallel to the real UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and aims at providing participants with in-depth knowledge on human rights and the functioning of the UN’s key body to promote them.

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In line with UNITAR’s mandate, this program aspires to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the areas of human rights and international affairs. This will empower them to take on leadership roles in their respective environments and thereby continue to promote the respect for human rights in the world.

UNITAR further intends to strengthen the participants’ conviction of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, especially human rights. It lastly aspires to give its participants the opportunity to gain valuable insights into possible employment opportunities in the United Nations system.


The Human Rights Council Training Program lasts three weeks and runs on UNITAR’s virtual learning platform. It is created and facilitated by senior experts working at UN agencies. In addition, UNITAR staff assists in the organisational aspects of the course and stands ready to interact with participants on a daily basis.

The backbone of the Human Rights Council Training Program will be three e-Learning modules. Every module contains reading material, multimedia files, a discussion forum for written exchanges and a multiple choice assessment quiz. The course will contain the following modules:  

  • Module 1 – The United Nations 
  • Module 2 – Conference Diplomacy 
  • Module 3 – Human Rights, Climate Change and the SDGs

The e-Learning modules will be complemented by a series of live components delivered to participants via Zoom. These encompass several 3-hour interactive e-workshops run by experts such as current UN staff or retired ambassadors. The Human Rights Council Training Program will offer the following e-workshops:

  • Negotiation Skills 
  • Leadership Skills 
  • UN Resolution Writing Skills 

Most importantly, the Human Rights Council Training Program runs in parallel to the real Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. Participants will therefore be able to attend its sessions in live-stream. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn from UN experts in 1.5 hour webinars as well as virtual guided tours. 

  • Real Sessions of the Human Rights Council in live-stream
  • Live-Webinars with UN human rights experts
  • Virtual Guided Tours through the UN Palace of Nations

Type: Short course (online)


  • UNITAR welcomes a variety of professional backgrounds as well as different degrees of experience among its participants. The Human Rights Council Training Program is therefore open to all actors related to international affairs who have a genuine passion for human rights.
  • Participants can include public sector officials, private sector professionals and representatives from NGOs, think tanks or academia. University students and high school students are equally welcome to apply. 

In order to ensure the highest quality standards, the registration will be closed after 50 participants. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the program, all participants will receive an official UNITAR certificate.

Eligible Countries: All

Number of Awards: 50

Value of Award: At the end of the program, all participants will receive an official UNITAR certificate.

Duration of Award: 11 Sep 2023 – 29 Sep 2023

How to Apply: You will be asked to create your own profile on the UNITAR website and will then be guided through the process. Feel free to contact the organiser in case of any questions.

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