UNitar Is Providing: UN Young Leaders Online Training Program


There are an estimated 1.8 million people today between the ages of 10 and 24, the largest generation of youth in human history. Their numbers are expected to grow—between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.   

Connected to each other like never before, young people increasingly contribute to innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political initiatives. They are agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve people’s lives and the planet’s health. 

UNITAR is delighted to offer an online training program in Geneva specifically designed for the global youth. It will allow participants to gain first-hand experience with the United Nations. It will give them the knowledge and skills to unfold their potential as global leaders fully. 


The United Nations Young Leaders Online Training Program consists of a 4-week e-Learning course implemented on UNITAR’s e-learning platform. The course comprises four different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 4-6 hours of studying per week.          

Module 1: The United Nations    

Module 2: Conference Diplomacy 

Module 3: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)    

Module 4: Cosmopolitan


The course includes weekly reading material, multimedia files as

well as discussion boards exchanging views with fellow participants and UNITAR

instructors. In addition, the Young Leaders Online Training Programme will be

complemented by several 1.5-hour live webinars. These will be delivered through

the platform zoom by UN experts and comprise the following topics: 

Webinar A – The United Nations System 

Webinar B – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)   

Webinar C – Model United Nations (MUN) Training    

Webinar D – UN Career Development  

In addition to the above live webinars, there will be one 3.5-hour e-workshop per week. These will focus on Leadership as well as on getting to know Geneva’s multilateral environment through virtual guided tours through the UN Palais des Nations as well as the diplomatic district of Geneva.

For more information regarding the program’s content, schedule, and expert biographies, kindly check the course syllabus of the previous edition. 

A Pdf file of the Course Syllabus – UN Young Leaders Online Training Programme – July 2022 is available here.


The Young Leaders Training Programme is open to all actors related to international affairs wishing to take on leadership roles in their respective environments and to build up knowledge and skills related to the UN and International Geneva. 

Participants can include university students, high school students, and other aspiring young leaders of similar backgrounds. Junior professionals from the public and private sectors and senior officials who are young at heart are equally welcome to apply. 

In order to ensure the highest quality standards, the registration will be closed after 30 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 of completion.

Training Program: 

May Edition:         24 Apr 2023 – 21 May 2023          

July Edition:          19 Jun 2023 – 16 Jul 2023           

August Edition:    24 Jul 2023 – 20 Aug 2023