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UPEACE - UNITAR MA in Development Studies and Diplomacy - Field Visit 2022

Multilateral Diplomacy

13 Jun 2022
Geneva (Switzerland) and The Hague (the Netherlands), Switzerland
5 Days
Programme Area
Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy
Event Focal Point Email
University for Peace


!!! Only UPEACE - UNITAR students can register for this activity !!!

UNITAR is an autonomous institution within the United Nations system with a mission to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacities of its beneficiaries. As the training arm of the United Nations, UNITAR’s mission is to develop capacities to enhance global decision-making and to support country level action for shaping a better future.

The University for Peace (UPEACE) is an institution of higher education dedicated to the study of peace. Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. Through its Master’s and Doctoral degree programmes, UPEACE trains future leaders to explore and formulate strategies and practices in various contexts to address the causes of multiple problems affecting human and global wellbeing, and thus contribute to the processes of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. 

From the UPEACE-UNITAR field visit, participants can expect the following:

  • Attend lectures from policy practitioners and decision-makers
  • Visit UN facilities in Geneva, including UNHCR, WTO and others
  • Visit the ICC and ICJ in the Hague
  • Experience of a real UN conference at one of the UN facilities in Geneva
  • Private Guided Tour of the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva (UNOG)
  • Network with high-level officials, UN personnel and diplomats

Event Objectives

As part of the MA in Development Studies and Diplomacy, offered in cooperation with the University for Peace (UPEACE), UNITAR designed a 5-day field visit to Geneva, Switzerland and the Hague, the Netherlands offering participants a full immersion into the city's international working environment.

In line with UNITAR’s mandate, its main purpose is to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills related to international affairs and diplomacy. This will enable them to work more effectively and efficiently in any multilateral setting.

UNITAR lastly intends to strengthen the participants’ conviction of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, especially multilateralism. In the long term, this does not only result in participants’ more favourable view on the organisation, but also in a higher willingness to cooperate across borders.

Content and Structure

The field visit will take place from 27th June to 1st July with 27 to 29th June spend in the Hague and 30th June and 1st July spent in Geneva.

Hosting 35 international organizations and more than 250 NGOs, the city of Geneva offers itself for a whole series of potentially formative experiences. UNITAR hosts the activity in the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and provides a nuanced balance between the following different components:

Expert Lectures:

UNITAR’s professional network across Geneva allows it to organize a series of 1-2-hour expert lectures, in which participants can directly learn from UN personnel or other high-level officials. Previous programmes have included lectures from the following organizations:

-United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
-United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
-World Health Organization (WHO)

Training Workshops:

As its core activity and raison d’être, UNITAR provides several face-to-face workshops to the participants. Delivered by experts such as retired ambassadors, previous programmes have included the following workshops: 

-Negotiation Skills
-Public Speaking Skills
-Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)                                        

Guided Tours:

Geneva is rich in historic buildings important to international affairs. Thanks to its access across the city, UNITAR can provide a series of private guided tours. Previous programmes have included tours through the following facilities:

-The United Nations’ Palace of Nations (3-hours extensive private guided tour)
-The Museum of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
-The Maison de la Paix, housing the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Career Development Sessions:

UNITAR also provides several 2-3 hour sessions on how to advance your professional career and find a solid footing in the world of international organizations. These sessions can include the following components:

-Information session on internships and other entry positions in the UN system
-Training workshop on application to a UN job opening and interview skills in the UN context
-Review of application material, including CV, motivation letter, personal history form, Inspira profile, LinkedIn profile



Given the complexity of Geneva's multilateral environment, UNITAR will cover a series of different thematic areas during the course of the Programme. These will include peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, global health and well-being, trade and technology as well as the environment and sustainable development.

The Field Visit is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Activities will include a high level of direct exposure to policy practitioners and diplomatic settings, thereby allowing participants to gain thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Nations.  

All of the activities will take place in the English language. Should there be any component not be available in English, UNITAR will ensure the participants will be provided with simultaneous interpretation.

Targeted Audience

!!! Only UPEACE - UNITAR students can register for this activity !!!

At the end of the field visit, each participant will be awarded a  certificate of participation. They will also be asked to complete a feedback questionnaire to evaluate the success of the field visit in achieving the learning objectives.

Additional Information

-------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON COVID-19 --------------------------------------------------------------

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR will assure the programme will entirely conform with up-to-date health safety standards, including social distancing, hygiene measures and contact tracing. The programme's agenda may be subject to modifications in line with the most recent developments in this regard. Kindly find the most recent travel advice from the Swiss and Dutch authorities on the Swiss and Dutch foreign ministry's website.

Participants are responsible for complying with both Dutch and Swiss immigration and travel policies to enter both countries. In addition, participants must have a health insurance plan that is valid in both the Netherlands and Switzerland and comply with Dutch and Swiss health rules and recommendations during their stay in the country.

In case that due to any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, participants registered for the field visit to Geneva and the Hague are unable to travel to Switzerland or the Netherlands this time, their slot for the field visit to Geneva and the Hague will be automatically transferred to a following edition in 2023, with no additional costs charged. For more information, kindly contact the UNITAR event focal point.


UNITAR will be responsible for the overall design, coordination and implementation of the Immersion Programme. It will liaise with participants on a regular basis prior to the activity's implementation in order to ensure a smooth and flawless organization for everyone involved.

The participants are responsible to purchase their own travel tickets to and from Geneva and the Hague as well as to apply for a visa to Switzerland and the Netherlands respectively. UNITAR can support this process with the help of an official visa invitation letter. Participants further need to take care of their own accommodation and daily meals.

UNITAR will sponsor a welcome dinner to the participants, welcome package including relevant training materials, entry tickets to sights and museums as well as the transportation cost during the activity. Please note that as of now, no scholarships are available to facilitate participation.