Summer Programme on the United Nations

Format: 26 hours of classes per week over Two weeks

  • 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 with faculty from the Graduate Institute

  • Workshops and small-group study sessions 

  • Visit to the United Nations

  • Emphasis on role-playing and simulations to strengthen transferable skills 

  • 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


Applications are now open!

  • Next session: 17 - 28 August 2020

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Key challenges in international relations

At the end of the two 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.

  • Students partaking in the programme have the possibility to obtain 6 ECTS credits.



Contact us if you have any questions

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.
Tous les enseignements reposaient sur la conviction passionnée que malgré sa complexité, il faut continuer à “penser notre monde” en adoptant une vision critique et non cynique.



Jérôme Duberry


Jérôme Duberry is Research Associate at the Programme for the Study of International Governance and Post-Doc Researcher at the Centre de Compétences Dusan Sidjanski en Etudes Européennes. His research activities revolve around the contemporary transformations of society and international institutions in a process of adaptation to the emergence of new technologies. He is particularly interested in innovative public and private governance systems, and examines how information and communication technologies influence global multi-stakeholder decision-making processes. He also works with innovative marketers, PR leaders, and HR professionals to bring the power of digital technologies to their organization. He holds a PhD (Sobresaliente Cum Laude) in International Relations from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and two MA degrees in International Relations from the University of Geneva /Graduate Institute, and in Diplomacy from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Escuela Diplomatica de Madrid).


Beris Gwynne


Beris Gwynne began her career working as a diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service, serving in Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru before joining Australia's International Development Agency (AusAID). In 1994, Ms Gwynne took leave of absence to take up a senior position with World Vision Australia, deciding 1997 to pursue her interests in policy relevant research, evidence based advocacy and innovation in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in the not-for-profit sector.  She was appointed Executive Director of a privately funded development think-tank in Brisbane, Australia, in 2000. She left Australia in 2006 to take up senior positions with the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, then with World Vision International (WVI), serving as its Vice-President for Global Accountability (2008-14) and as Representative to the UN and Director of WVI’s office in Geneva (from 2011 until January 2016).

Ms Gwynne holds a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the Australian National University and a Master in International Relations (specialising in International Law and Human Rights) from Deakin University. She is a Senior Associate of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) and affiliated with the Relational Thinking Network. She is also Founder and Executive Director of Incitāre, established in January 2016 as a platform for collaboration to promote the use of strategic foresight (future thinking) to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, incentivising high impact multi-stakeholder partnerships through closer attention to measures of transformation.


Khalid Koser


Khalid Koser is Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). Dr Koser is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and Extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).


Cécile Molinier


Cécile Molinier joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1992 from the UN Secretariat where she had held several positions in Conference Services, the Staff Union, the Department of Management, and as Special Assistant to the Director General for Development and International Economic Cooperation. Before joining the United Nations, she lectured in French at Smith College in Massachusetts and taught English in France. Her first assignment in UNDP was as Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia followed by Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assignments in Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, and Mauritania respectively. She was reassigned as Director to the UNDP Office in Geneva in August 2007. As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at country level, Ms Molinier contributed to the achievement of national development objectives in strategic areas such as community based management of natural resources in Tunisia, environmental protection, poverty reduction and capacity development in Sao Tomé and Principe, mobilisation against HIV/AIDS in Togo, support to democratic transition and human rights in Mauritania. At Headquarters level, until her retirement in October 2012, she was instrumental in promoting the UN reform agenda and UNDP corporate priorities by developing innovative partnerships with non-traditional partners such as sub-national authorities, the academic community, civil society organisations and the private sector. Since retirement, she has been lecturing on global development issues and strategic management at academic institutions. Cecile Molinier holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in English from the Sorbonne in Paris, a Master  in English Literature from Queen Mary College, London University and an MBA (Organisational Behaviour) from Pace University in New York. She is proficient in several languages, including French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.