Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation's FREE COURSES ONLINE

In the International Cooperation field, constant training is a MUST. To Improve continuously your knowledge, your methodology and approach to the new issues of the contemporary era you dispose of different programs, platforms, and tools. One of that platform is  - The Red Cross Red Crescent Learning platform (www.ifrc.org/learning-platform)




The majority of the courses are for free, in several languages and regularly certified by Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation.

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"An online learning community delivering Red Cross Red Crescent professional learning opportunities, as well as other personal learning.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Learning platform (www.ifrc.org/learning-platform) is a global yet local online learning community. It consists of hundreds of short, free, high quality, self-directed, multilingual Red Cross Red Crescent courses covering both programmatic as well as support focused functions and activities as well as professional and personal development.

Courses are developed by IFRC subject matter experts, National Society expert teams and third-party course developers. There are also social learning communities and functions available for peer-to-peer sharing and learning. The Learning platform is available to be used by all Red Cross Red Crescent youth, volunteer and staff members worldwide as well as those working in partner agencies and the general public.

Today the Learning platform, used in all 189 National Societies have over 130,000 active learners. It receives approximately 10,000 new user registrations and sees over 5,000-course completions every month.
Many National Societies are “adopting” it as their own. Learners rate their experience with the Learning platform with an average score of 4.3 (out of5) and rate the applicability of the skills and knowledge gained from courses taken with an average score of 4.496% of those taking courses would recommend the training to their peers."


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UNITED NATIONS' Masters programmes


In the International Cooperation field, constant training is a MUST. To Improve continuously your knowledge, your methodology and approach to the new issues of the contemporary era you dispose of different programs, platforms, and tools. One of those platforms is the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). www.unitar.org

Master's Programmes of UNITAR

In addition to training and e-Learning courses, UNITAR provides the opportunity to gain knowledge through post-graduate courses. UNITAR partners with academic institutions such as the Open University of Catalonia, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Copenhagen to offer diplomas and certificates in areas such as peacekeeping, development policies and geo-information in disaster situations.
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Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy and its related qualifications (Post-Graduate Certificate in World Studies and Post-Graduate Certificate in Diplomatic Practice)

Multilateral Diplomacy Programme

Master in International Affairs and DiplomacyIn an increasingly interconnected, globalized and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever-growing, the demand for training and capacity development in the field of international affairs and diplomacy is constantly rising. In this regard, the establishment of this innovative on-line Master in International Affairs and Diplomatic Practice between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) holds great significance. Built on both institutions’ expertise, this Master and its related qualifications aim to strengthen the performance and practice of diplomacy in multilateral settings and to foster understanding and knowledge of international affairs and regional studies.
The Master’s Programme and the two Post-Graduate Certificates are designed for diplomats as well as a staff of governmental and non-governmental organizations, graduate students, young researchers and other academics interested in gaining a thorough understanding of international affairs and diplomacy and acquiring soft skills to thrive in their careers. By the end of the program, participants will gain a critical understanding of key issues and concepts in world affairs and practical knowledge they could leverage in their professional project. They will also be able to perform in both bilateral and multilateral working environments with increased confidence and advance their careers in joining a broad group of alumni across the world.


Master of Advanced Studies in European and International Governance

Multilateral Diplomacy Programme

Masters in European and International Governance
The Master of Advanced Studies is co-organised by the Center for European Legal Studies (CEJE) and the Global Studies Institute (GSI) of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
The Programme allows graduates and professionals from various backgrounds to enhance their skills by providing them with high-level scientific and interdisciplinary expertise in the field of European and International Governance and by preparing them for a wide range of careers in international organizations and European institutions as well as for careers in a national or local environment dealing with global issues.
Designed to provide the students with a deep understanding of international relations backed by in-depth knowledge of the political, economic, social and legal aspects of governance, the Programme allows them to acquire the ability to analyze current affairs and evaluate today’s challenges with an expert eye and act accordingly. After two core modules that tackle the functioning of the United Nations system and the European Union as a global actor, the Programme covers a wide set of thematic courses such as human rights and migration, maintenance and promotion of international peace and security, international trade, health, and environment. It also offers research and professional perspectives (including an internship) as well as a thematic specialization through the achievement of a professional project or writing of a Master’s thesis.

Master in the United Nations and the Art of Peace

Peacekeeping Training Programme

Master in the United Nations and the Art of Peace
The Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace focuses on the study of 70 years of UN action in the fields of peace-making, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. It aims to allow students to become more knowledgeable on the matter as well as profit directly from the hindsight of the United Nations and academic experts to better assess and apprehend peace initiatives and understand the processes of preserving, defending and promoting peace in all their complexity.
Built on the experiences and expertise developed by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University, this degree explores the different facets of the actions undertaken in the international field to promote, preserve and defend peace. The United Nations is at the center of this process for the last 70 years, the degree is intended to use the UN both as a study subject as well as a source of expertise.
The program is therefore mainly designed for students of social sciences in the Republic of Korea that wish to pursue their post-graduate studies focusing on the promotion of peace possibly because of securing an internship or a job in a relevant international or non-governmental organization.

Master in Conflictology

Peacekeeping Training Programme


Violent conflicts and wars have been recurrent throughout history. From increased insecurity to economic instability and the collapse of law and order, the effects of conflict at the local, national, regional and international levels are devastating.
Built on the expertise of UNITAR and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Master in Conflictology presents a unique opportunity to professionals working within the framework of international and regional organizations, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions to examine conflicts in all of their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches for their management, resolution and transformation, through a network of world-leading academics and experts.
The program aims at professionals (civilian, military and police) working in conflict-prone environments, within the framework of international and regional organizations (United Nations, African Union, European Union – among others), as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. By choosing the International Master’s Degree in Conflictology, students gain access to a broad group of alumni spread across the world. Becoming a part of this community will be a valuable asset for a lifetime.


Master in Electoral Policy and Administration

Peacekeeping Training Programme


Elections have become a major factor in the stabilization and democratization of emerging democracies and post-conflict countries. However, the risk of a relapse into war and violence is considerable. Elections in these countries are a tightrope walk between war and peace, stability and instability.
Built on the expertise of UNITAR, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) provides advanced learning on electoral processes for current and aspiring election professionals. The Master targets mid/upper-level professionals who want to acquire the specific knowledge and skills to work as election administrators and/or to work as a part of Election Management Bodies (EMBs).
The Master focuses on the development of “electoral professionals”, that is, professionals who share a common set of norms, behavioral standards, and qualifications to assume specific roles and responsibilities in the area of electoral policy and administration. Responding to global, structural demand for qualified electoral professionals, the Master offers a systematic and comprehensive approach to the professional development of those enrolled and places particular emphasis on the importance of advancing equal career opportunities for men and women.

Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

Peacekeeping Training Programme


Complex man-made crises, conflicts, violence, and unrest have become a global concern for the international community. Designing interventions in these extremely volatile environments requires specific knowledge and skills, to minimize negative impacts and maximize opportunities for positive and sustainable changes.
Built on the expertise of UNITAR and Oxford Brookes University (OBU), the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding explores the interactions between these two fields, by linking theory with practice and applied knowledge. The program envisages online lectures, discussions with key practitioners and the sharing of experiences, critical reflections, within the framework of an action research-based approach. The program aims to enhance reflective practices combining the art of conflict-sensitive approaches to humanitarian and peacebuilding programming with the appreciation of the wider context in which these interventions unfold.
The program is designed for practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding, though is open also to personnel working in related fields (such as military and police officers deployed or about to be deployed in field operations, civil servants – including diplomats – in charge of humanitarian affairs, academics teaching humanitarian affairs, journalists, etc.) seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of critical issues related to humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Finally, the program addresses practitioners working in other professional sectors, interested in exploring opportunities in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding.

Executive Master's Degree in Development Policies and Practices

Decentralized Cooperation Programme

Executive Master's in Development Policies and Practices
The Executive Master's Degree in Development Policies and Practices edition 2014-2015 is being offered to civil servants from the Afghan Ministry of Finance. The program lasts for 12 consecutive months and ends in the conferral of a Master’s degree for successful candidates that fulfill all requirements. UNITAR’s Decentralized Cooperation Programme and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies are jointly implementing the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices.
The program aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacities of ministerial officials on the themes of effective governance and sustainable developmentThe Master’s curriculum is implemented by professors from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and by UNITAR trainers.

Master's of Disaster Management Course

UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)


The University of Copenhagen and UNOSAT have agreed on a collaboration model bringing UNOSAT training in the University environment to new heights. While still participating in courses in Universities in the United States, Switzerland, and Sweden, UNOSAT now engages in Master degree training. As of this year, the Master of Disaster Management offers an intensive course in Geo-Information in Disaster Situations based on a successful formula combining formal training and experience-based knowledge transfer directly from UNOSAT experts and analysts. This successful methodology has already been used in several capacity development projects run by UNOSAT for UN member states and a few international organizations. 

The Geospatial Information course, offered within the curriculum of the Master of Disaster Management at Copenhagen University, will be open only to a limited number of applicants among those studying each year for the Master's degree and will earn each student 6 ECTS credits.


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UNITED NATIONS FREE COURSES ONLINE





In International Cooperation field, constant training is a MUST. To Improve continuously your knowledge, your methodology and approach to the new issues of contemporary era you dispose of different FREE and really professional platform. One of those is the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). www.unitar.org


What UNITAR Is?
UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in conflict situations.  The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of Peace (promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies), People and social inclusion(promote people’s well-being and support equitable representation of countries in global decision-making fora), Planet, environmental protection and restoration, and climate change (Support the conservation, restoration and safeguarding of our planet for present and future generations), Prosperity through sustainable economic growth (Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth), and Cross-fertilizing knowledge (Optimizing the use of technology and supporting coherence for the 2030 Agenda).
It also conducts research on innovative learning approaches, methods, and tools, as well as applied research to address critical issues, such as disaster risk reduction and humanitarian emergencies.


Free and Open Courses for the Public

UNITAR offers courses that run throughout the year or several times a year that are free-of-charge and open to the public. For more information about the courses offered, please see below. 

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Human Rights and the Environment

Human Rights and the Environment - free online course
This 3-hour self-paced course provides a general introduction to the relationship between human rights and the environment. Participants will gain basic knowledge for the application of human rights to environmental issues. Procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment will be reviewed and some good practices presented, such as examples of national constitutions that have incorporated a right to a healthy environment.
All stakeholders interested in learn about the main aspects of the relationship between Human Rights and the Environment can benefit from the knowledge gained through the course. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a joint certificate UNITAR – UN Environment.
This course is a collaborative effort between UNITAR and UN Environment, which expands the learning portfolio available on InforMEA platform.

Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World


The MOOC on “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” is designed to improve general awareness about the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for policy-makers and the general public, especially youth. Participants can follow the course at their own pace and can choose to have a certificate provided if they have met the certification requirements.





Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The e-tutorial provides in-depth and wide-ranging guidance on how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into each national strategies and policies. It is based on the UNDG Reference Guide "Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Case studies introduce innovative examples of how some countries have begun to develop and use relevant tools, and activities offer an opportunity to gain a better understanding and useful skills. Although this training tool has been primarily designed for government officials and development practitioners, it is also publicly available.





E-Tutorial on Global Framework for Climate Services

Climate Servcie online tutorial
This online tutorial, developed in collaboration with GFCS Office, illustrates the importance and benefits of climate services for decision-making in several thematic areas. It also presents the Global Framework for Climate Services, its objectives, components and priority areas. The tutorial is designed for national policy-makers, but it is useful also for practitioners and the general public. Materials include video interviews with experts and short self-assessment exercises to test your knowledge.




Confronting Trauma - A Primer For Global Action

Confronting Trauma UNITAR free online course
The overall aim of this module is to introduce the international humanitarian, development and UN communities to the large unmet need for psychological trauma care and therapy. It starts by describing the different types of stress and trauma and the dire consequences these can have. After the description of the magnitude of the problem, the module then presents some recent innovations in the field of psychology that have opened up dramatic new possibilities, which hold the promise of an effective response at scale. Going to scale, in turn, poses new challenges and opportunities to the main stakeholder audiences for this module.



Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians

Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians UNITAR free online course
This advocacy presentation aims to raise awareness for and increase understanding of unarmed civilian protection (UCP). It starts by explaining the need for UCP, followed by an introduction to its key principles and methods, and finally describing how it fits into wider protection efforts and global discourses.




Conflict series - 1. What is conflict?


The course is a self-guided, self-paced, web-based course that is on-going and can be accessed at any time. The material is presented in an interactive visual and text format with web-based reference resources. Multiple choice quizzes at the end of each lesson serve a dual function of assessing and evaluating the students’ understanding and retention and provide a further didactic function by reviewing the content.




Conflict series - 2. Conflict analysis

conflict series 2
The conflict series is an open, self-paced course meant to provide an introduction to conflict studies and more advanced courses in conflictology.  The goal of this chapter is to give the learner a basic understanding of the importance of conflict analysis, and a set of tools and methods to start conducting their own.




Gender Matters


What is Gender? The term gender has become central in contemporary literature about development, security, and conflict. It isoften invoked in post-warcontexts in relation to the disproportionate and unequal effects of war  on men and women.  But what do we mean by the term gender, especially when we are referring to individuals and relations at local and global levels? This course offers various lenses through which you can look at the complex concept of gender and the inequalities that exist in your environment.




UN CC: Learn Introductory e-Learning Course on Climate Change

This course provides “everything you need to know” about the basics of climate change, from climate change science to governance. 
It contains 6 modules with each module taking about 2 hours to complete. You will need to pass a short quiz after each module to receive your certificate from UNITAR. The course is available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Chinese.  
Please register directly on the course website: http://unccelearn.org/


Milestones in UN Peacekeeping


This course offers an overview of the history of UN peacekeeping from the founding of the United Nations in 1945 up to the present day and presents current trends in peacekeeping that may shape the future. The goal of this course is to provide a panoramic overview of the pivotal events in the history of UN peacekeeping that have shaped its present form. 



Introduction to the environment, natural resources, and UN peacekeeping operations


To avoid and minimize the environmental impacts of peacekeeping missions, DPKO and the Department of Field Support (DFS) adopted an Environmental Policy for UN Field Missions in June 2009. The goal of the module is to increase general awareness of key environmental and natural resource concepts to all peacekeeping staff. This training course focuses on the environment and natural resource management in a post-conflict context. It is a general awareness training that targets all military, civilian and police personnel and should be completed either pre-deployment or once in-mission. 


Environment, natural resources, and UN peacekeeping operations: Restoring Governance of Natural Resources


Over 20% of the world’s population currently lives in conflict-affected areas and fragile states. In many of these places, natural resources and their governance play a key negative role in both the conflict and the fragility. In fact, since 1990 at least 18 violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. The main objective of this training program is to raise awareness about the links between natural resources, conflict, peacekeeping and peacebuilding among relevant peacekeeping staff and those working on planning, drafting and monitoring of the implementation of peacekeeping mandates.


Introduction to security sector reform


Security sector reform (SSR) is a nationally-owned process aimed at ensuring that security and justice providers are accountable to the state and its people; deliver effective, efficient and affordable security and justice services that meet the people’s needs; operate within a framework of good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights; and are legitimate. The goal of the course is to offer an overview of the concept of SSR, highlight the key SSR actors and their roles and outline the implementation of SSR programs.


REDD+ Academy e-Course


Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an initiative aimed at creating a financial value for the carbon stored in forests; offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. As a part of the REDD+ academy, this e-course provides a State of the Art overview of REDD+ planning and implementation, developed by some of the world’s leading REDD+ experts. The course contains 12 modules with each module taking about 2 hours to complete. You will need to pass a short quiz after each module to receive your certificate from UN-REDD and UNITAR.
Please register directly on the course website: http://unccelearn.org/



Children and Climate Change

This course presents how children and youth can be impacted by climate change, how their resilience to climate change can be strengthened, and how they can act on climate change. It contains one module which takes around 2 hours to complete. You need to pass a short quiz to receive your certificate from UNICEF and UNITAR. The course is available in English, French, and Spanish.





Cities and Climate Change

This course focuses on climate change in urban areas, covering how cities are affected by climate change, how they contribute to it, as well as how they plan for it. It contains one module which takes around 2 hours to complete. You will need to pass a short quiz after each module to receive your certificate from UN-Habitat and UNITAR.  The course is available in English, French, and Spanish.




Human Health and Climate Change


This course provides an introduction to the health challenges, as well as the opportunities, that can buy associated with climate change. It contains one module which takes around 2 hours to complete. You will need to pass a short quiz after each module to receive your certificate from WHO and UNITAR.  The course is available in English, French, and Spanish.




e-Tutorial on Climate Information and Services


This tutorial introduces climate information and services and their application in decision-making. It specifically aims to build capacities of African decision-makers. The tutorial is divided into three sections, and it will take around 30 minutes to complete all sections.





e-Tutorial on Climate Policy and Public Finance


This tutorial aims to build an understanding of the links between climate policy and public finance by using examples from the Asia-Pacific region. The tutorial is divided into five sections, and it will take around 30 minutes to complete all sections. The course is available in English, Khmer, and Thai.





e-Tutorial on Climate Responsive Budgeting


This tutorial introduces how governments can respond to the climate change challenge through better budgeting, which integrates climate change risks and opportunities into budget preparation. The tutorial will take around 30 minutes to complete. The course is available in English and Khmer.




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