Summer Programme on the United Nations

In this two-week programme, undergraduate and graduate students will gain an understanding of the United Nations’ core mission, analyse key global challenges, evaluate the future of multilateralism and engage with academics, experts and practitioners on how to reinvent global governance in a time of uncertainty. 


  • Next session: 17 - 28 August 2020

  • 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

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United nations and global challenges applications now open

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.





Jérôme Duberry


  • Research Associate for the Programme for the Study of International Governance 

  • Post-Doc Researcher at the Centre de Compétences Dusan Sidjanski en Etudes Européennes

  • Research revolves around contemporary transformations of society and international institutions in a process of adaptation to the emergence of new technologies 

  • Particular interests in innovative public and private governance systems 

  • Examines how information and communication technologies influence global multi-stakeholder decision-making processes. 

  • Works with innovative marketers, PR leaders and HR professionals to bring the power of digital technologies to their organisation 

  • PhD in International Relations – University Pompeu Fabra 

  • Two MA degrees

    • International Relations – University of Geneva/Graduate Institute

    • Diplomacy – Escuela Diplomatica de Madrid



Khalid Koser


  • Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)

  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution 

  • Associate Fellow at Chatham House

  • Research Associate at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney

  • Extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht

  • Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration

  • Editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies

  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Cécile Molinier


  • Joined UNDP in 1992 

  • Initially served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia, then Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assignments in Sao Tome and Principe, Togo and Mauritania, respectively 

  • As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at country level, she 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.

  • Served as Director to the UNDP Office in Geneva in August 2007

  • Until her retirement, she was instrumental in promoting the UN reform agenda and UNDP corporate priorities by developing innovative partnerships with non-traditional partners 

  • Since retirement, she has been lecturing on global development issues and strategic management at academic institutions

  • Previously held several positions at the UN Secretariat 

  • Lectured in French at Smith College in Massachusetts 

  • Taught English in France 

  • Bachelor and a Master of Arts in English – La Sorbonne, Paris

  • Master in English Literature – Queen Mary College, London University 

  • MBA (Organisational Behaviour) – Pace University, New York. She is proficient in several languages, including French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Beris Gwynne


  • Senior Associate of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) and affiliated with the Relational Thinking Network

  • Founder and Executive Director of Incitāre – a platform for collaboration to promote the use of strategic foresight to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Former diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service, serving in Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru 

  • Previous work includes:

    • Australia's International Development Agency (AusAID)

    • Senior position with World Vision Australia to pursue interests in policy-relevant research, evidence-based advocacy and innovation in development cooperation, and humanitarian assistance in the not-for-profit sector  

    • Executive Director of a privately funded development think-tank She left Australia in Senior positions with the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm,

    • Vice-President for Global Accountability, World Vision International (WVI), Representative to the UN and Director of WVI’s office in Geneva

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.


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