Summer Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges




Key challenges in international relations


  • Understand the UN System, particularly its creation, development and various agencies.
  • Explore the challenges faced by the United Nations and debate the future of international cooperation.


At the end of the 2 weeks, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the core mission of the UN and how it deals with key global issues such as human rights and the environment.
  • Critically analyse key issues around peace and security, human rights and humanitarian challenges, international development, and North-South relations.
  • Appraise the future of multilateral action through conference simulations and role play, as well as visits to key institutions in international Geneva.
  • Engage with academics and practitioners on what could be done to reinvent global governance at a time of great international uncertainty





Format : 26 hours of classes per week over 2 weeks

  • Lectures with Faculty from the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Afternoon workshops and visits to the United Nations
  • Small-group study sessions 
  • Emphasis on role-playing and simulations to strengthen transferable skills  (Model United Nations: conference simulation where students assume the roles of diplomats/government officials and learn how to negotiate)
  • Roundtable on cutting edge issues in international affairs
  • Individual advising on post-graduate studies and careers in international affairs
  • Social events (optional): discover the city of Geneva through a series of events with other participants
  • Lectures and discussions on concepts and key issues in peace and security, human rights and humanitarian challenges, international development, North-South relations and the future of global governance.

Faculty and experts





"So many different perspectives brought into one Summer programme! It allowed us to tackle an issue from a perspective we had never thought of and this will definitely deepen our analysis of an issue even after we go back to our own specific fields."

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