United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Geneva  Switzerland

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been pioneering innovative learning solutions worldwide since 1963, empowering individuals, organizations, and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for a better future. Initially established to train young diplomats from newly independent UN Member States, UNITAR has evolved into a leading institute offering tailored learning programs across diverse sectors. With a rich history of providing customized and creative training activities, UNITAR is renowned for its expertise in serving both public and private sectors. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our strategic framework focuses on supporting governments in implementing the 2030 Agenda. UNITAR's work spans four thematic pillars of the 2030 Agenda—Peace, People, Planet, and Prosperity—ensuring comprehensive contributions to addressing global challenges. Through our commitment to innovation and collaboration, we continue to drive positive change and advance sustainable development worldwide.

Why study at United Nations Institute for Training and Research?

Engage in networked and innovative knowledge sharing, enriched by cutting-edge strategies and methodologies.

Receive expert guidance and support for governments, the UN, and partners, including technology-based knowledge services.

Access high-quality learning solutions for individual, organizational, and institutional capacity development.



Geneva  Switzerland

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Politics & Government (30) Law (22) Economics (10) Sociology (33) History & Archaeology (19) Communication & Media Studies (7) Environmental Sciences (13) Business & Management (5) Psychology (31) Geography (17)

About United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR is renowned for its expertise in developing innovative solutions to provide knowledge, cultivate skills, and reshape attitudes necessary for addressing the world's complex challenges. Our approach is deeply human-centered, participatory, experiential, results-driven, innovative, and sustainable. We prioritize understanding the unique needs and contexts of our learners, ensuring their active involvement and hands-on experience in our programs, resulting in tangible outcomes and empowering individuals and organizations for lasting change.

Why Choose UNITAR?

Our programmes are designed for long-term change, aiming to build capacity and instigate behavioral, and mindset shifts over time. We offer cost-effective training solutions that yield concrete and timely results, positively impacting societies and local communities. Our programs are tailored to meet the specific learning needs, styles, and interests of participants and institutions. Additionally, we empower individuals and institutions to act as change multipliers, creating a sustainable impact that extends beyond our training programs. Our global presence, combining face-to-face and online learning, reaches over 55,000 people annually. UNITAR's cross-cutting expertise, supported by United Nations agencies, governments, and private sector leaders, offers diverse professional perspectives to address complex challenges. Collaborating with UN agencies and broader expert communities ensures relevance and quality, enhancing the impact of our learning services. Finally, our extensive experience working with government officials and stakeholders enables effective contributions to SDG implementation at different levels.

Departments at United Nations Institute for Training and Research

At UNITAR, our online Master's Degrees offer a dynamic learning environment tailored for busy professionals. Our user-friendly online platforms enable students to access course materials, engage in discussions, and complete assignments at their convenience. This flexibility allows students to balance their studies with their professional responsibilities seamlessly. Our commitment to online education ensures uninterrupted learning journeys for our students, even during challenging times.

We provide teaching aids and materials, including real-world scenario videos, to enhance the overall learning experience. These resources enable participants to develop tangible skills and professional capital. With full online delivery, our programs are designed to accommodate the unique schedules of full-time working professionals. This flexibility empowers students to pursue advanced education without compromising their professional commitments.

Join us at UNITAR and experience the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Access high-quality education tailored to fit your busy lifestyle and embark on your journey towards personal and professional growth.

"My decision to move to Scotland to study for my MSc Human Rights and Diplomacy degree was one of the best things that ever happened to me. The course has set me up with confidence for my career and opened a window of opportunities for my career path."

My favourite part was the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) workshop week where we had tutors from the United Nations (UN) take us through the Architecture of Human Rights Institutions within the UN and I was selected for an Internship placement with the UN.

My lecturers are very supportive and passionate about their subjects. They go all out to make sure that every member of our small and interactive class is being carried along. I have had the opportunity of learning and connecting with so many people from different continents and cultures and I am thankful for this experience.

"The programme is designed in a way to be directly applicable to the work of an elections professional. I learn and test my new knowledge in real-time, and see the results".

Legal analyst, UNDP, Malawi

"The broader view is what I find truly awesome about MEPA. There is no definition of democracy as American or democracy as South African. Democracy is not limited to a particular country, and this should always be borne in mind while selecting course materials".

Executive Director, United States Center for Electoral Support, USA

"This Master's degree gives us a complete picture of how the United Nations works and provide us with instruments to better analyze conflicts and develop mediation strategies to apply between parties in conflict. […] It taught me that the more diverse points of view are, the more enriching the final result will be".

UNASOM Communication Officer, Somalia

"The knowledge and skills obtained in the programme have significantly improved my ability to deliver with confidence in the conflict area. I have come to understand that violence is not inescapable, we only need to understand why people behave this way and meet their needs [...] The philosophy behind the global peace movement tells us that everyone is important and that all of us have something to contribute."

UNV Midwife, South Sudan

"The course has literally transformed my worldview. This study journey has opened up new avenues for me and a new way of thinking about and approaching peace and conflict. The obtained knowledge on the philosophy of peace and non-violent social systems, societies and communities to make the world a better place to live for the future generations"

UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, USA

"You know when you like something so much that you think of it all the time? This Master's is like that for me. We learn about things that are happening right now in the world. I like the methodology as well; there are lots of discussions and experience-sharing among the participants and the experts delivering the modules. It feels like you're actually working and living all over the world, benefiting from 100 years of experience by learning from them, so it's very motivating".

Humanitarian and Founder of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan

UNITAR’s mission is to develop capacities to enhance global decision-making and to support country-level action for shaping a better future. The Institute: designs and delivers innovative training to address needs of individuals, organizations and institutions; facilitates knowledge and experience-sharing through networked and innovative processes;conducts research on and pilots innovative learning strategies, approaches and methodologies;and advises and supports governments, UN and other partners with technology-based knowledge-related services.

UNITAR organizes training in the form of workshops, seminars and fellowships where participants, mostly professionals from developing countries, learn from each other and share their experiences and the common issues they are facing. This can be done through face-to-face events as well as online courses.

UNITAR offers different types of training and courses, some of which are open to the public and others are limited to specific target audiences such as diplomats or civil servants. Please note on the event description you're interested in if you are eligible under the criteria. UNITAR also offers a number of free online courses that can be taken by anyone, anywhere in the world.

Depending on the topic and format, our courses give right to different levels of recognition, ranging from a certificate of participation to certificates of completion and diplomas or certificates recognized by academic institutions.

The Institute is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental organizations, foundations, and develops working relationships with other UN entities, the private sector and renowned academic institutions. Becoming one of our partners contributes to our goal and enables the exchange of knowledge through collaboration.

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