Introduction to the United Nations System
This online training course seeks to give participants an overview of the UN and its current activities and priorities.
Representatives of governments and from other actors such as international and non-governmental organizations must be able to understand and often work with UN agencies in order to achieve their objectives and advance their interests. As an increasingly globalized world continues to underline the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation in confronting this century’s challenges, the UN will remain a central forum for progressing ideas and a platform for action. This course aims to provide a historical, political, and analytical framework for liaising more effectively with UN representatives and staff.
This online training course includes six interactive training modules introducing participants to the United Nations system, its principal institutional bodies, millennium development goals, human rights issues, climate change and the environment, and UN financing.
The course targets those working in the public or private sector, including entry and mid-level career diplomats, other public-service officials, postgraduate students, and staff from nongovernmental organisations, especially those whose work or studies is linked to the United Nations.
At the end of this e-Learning course, participants should be able to:
• Define the United Nations system’s structure and functioning;
• Explain the UN's principal organs and their development;
• Identify current and salient issues relevant to the UN;
• Explain a brief history of the UN system and its predecessors.
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