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United Nations The Hague Immersion Programme - Premium Package
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established in 1963 as an autonomous body within the United Nations with the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the work of the UN and its member states.
UNITAR designs and conducts close to 500 different training and knowledge sharing events per year for some 50,000 beneficiaries worldwide. Participants include diplomats, other government officials, non-governmental representatives, and other stakeholders.
At the heart of UNITAR, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU) delivers training workshops to address the needs of these international actors. MDPU’s activities cover a wide range of domains, including training on the UN system and skills development.
As part of the training activities implemented during the summer months, UNITAR designed a blended programme consisting of a 3-weeks e-Learning course followed by a 5-day field visit to The Hague, offering participants a full immersion into the international law ecosystem and the multilateral working environment of the city.
In line with UNITAR’s mandate, its main purpose is to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the area of international affairs and diplomacy. This will empower them to work more effectively and efficiently in any multilateral setting.
UNITAR further intends to strengthen the participants’ conviction of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, especially on peace and justice. It lastly aspires to give its participants access to UN institutions and personnel in order to gain valuable insights into future career opportunities.
Content and Structure
The United Nations The Hague Immersion Programme - Premium Package consists of two parts: (i) a 3-week preparatory e-Learning course, followed by (ii) a 5-day field visit to Geneva.
i) e-Learning course (06 June - 24 June 2022)
The e-learning course, which will be called UN Human Rights Council Training Programme, 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 stands ready to interact with participants on a daily basis.
The backbone of the UN Human Rights Council Training Programme 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:
- Module 1 - The United Nations
- Module 2 - Conference Diplomacy
- Module 3 - Human Rights, Climate Change and the SDG's
UNITAR’s professional network across Geneva allows it to organize a series of 1.5 hour live-webinars, in which participants can directly learn from UN experts or other high-level officials. They include webinars on:
- Welcome and introduction to the United Nations
- Current human rights issues
- Group reflection and closing ceremony
As its core activity and raison d’être, UNITAR provides several online workshops to the participants. Delivered by experts such as current UN staff or retired ambassadors, this programme includes the following e-workshops:
- Negotiation Skills
- Leadership Skills
- UN Resolution Writing Skills
Virtual 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 virtual guided tours. Previous programmes have included virtual tours through the following facilities:
- The UN Palace of Nations at Geneva (3-hours extensive private virtual tour)
- The diplomatic district of International Geneva with its manifold international organizations
With the real UN Human Rights Council having its session in parallel, it will be possible for participants to attend real human rights council sessions via live-stream. Part of the programme is attending these sessions together and debriefing them with UN experts.
- Live Human Rights Council Session
- Debriefings with UN experts
ii) Field Visit to The Hague (27 June - 01 July 2022)
Hosting close to 200 international organizations, along with figureheads like the Peace Palace, the International Court of Justice, Europol and the International Criminal Court, the Hague is known as the international city of peace and justice. Tens of thousands of people from all over the globe are working every day in the city to build a more peaceful and just world by collaborating together on solutions to global problems. In partnership with many international institutions, UNITAR provides a nuanced balance between the following different components:
UNITAR’s professional network across The Hague 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. Programmes may include lectures from the following organizations:
- The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
- The International Criminal Court (ICC)
- The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT)
- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
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
- Mediation Skills
- Simulation Exercises
The Hague 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. This may include tours through the following facilities:
- The Peace Palace
- The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
- The Hague Municipality
- The Hague Humanity Hub
Public Hearing Sessions:
If available, UNITAR also provides access to public hearings in the world of international organizations. These sessions can occur in the following:
- International Court of Justice (ICJ)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
Given the nature of The Hague's multilateral environment, UNITAR will mostly cover thematic areas close to peace and justice during the course of the Programme. These will include knowledge on international law, human rights and humanitarian affairs, as well as sustainable development.
The Immersion Programme is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Activities will include a high level of direct exposure to legal practitioners and diplomatic settings, thereby allowing participants to gain thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Nations and The Hague.
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.
UNITAR welcomes a variety of professional backgrounds as well as differing degrees of experience among its participants. The Immersion Programme is therefore open to all actors related to international affairs wishing to build up knowledge and skills related to the United Nations or The Hague as the city of peace and justice.
Participants can include public sector officials, private sector professionals and representatives from NGOs, think tanks or academia. Junior professionals and graduate students are equally welcome to apply.
In order to ensure adherence to health safety standards during the field visit, registration will be closed after 30 participants. Allocation of slots will be on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the Immersion Programme, each participant will be awarded a UNITAR certificate of completion.
-------------------------------------------------- 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 Dutch authorities on the Dutch foreign ministry's website.
Participants are responsible for complying with Dutch immigration and travel policies to enter the country. In addition, participants must have a health insurance plan that is valid in the Netherlands and comply with Dutch 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 The Hague are unable to travel to the Netherlands this time, it is possible for them to attend a UN Online Training Programme free of charge. In addition, their slot for the field visit to The Hague will be automatically transferred to a following edition in 2022 or 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 The Hague as well as to apply for a visa to the Netherlands. UNITAR gladly supports this process with the help of official visa invitation letters.
For premium package participants, the accommodation in The Hague is included in the fee. UNITAR will provide 6 nights in a reputable mid-range hotel in close proximity to the United Nations institutions (check-in Sunday, 26 June 2022, checkout Saturday, 2 July 2022).
UNITAR will further sponsor a welcome dinner for participants, a welcome package including relevant training materials, as well as entry tickets to sights and museums during the activity. Please note that as of now, no scholarships are available to facilitate participation.