Locations

A unique educational experience at the heart of the world’s diplomatic hubs

Training programs are hosted in major international hubs which house primary or regional offices of the UN and its agencies – including New York, where the UN is headquartered, and Geneva, Switzerland, home of the Palais des Nations.

New York City is home to the world’s largest diplomatic community. A global center of power, the United Nations headquarters feature the iconic Secretariat building, the General Assembly as well as the Security Council. Located in the heart of Europe, Geneva has the highest concentration of global stakeholders and institutions. It is home to 93 international organizations and bodies, more than 250 NGOs and 173 State representations. What is decided in Geneva has “direct and daily impact on every person on this planet in any 24- hour period” according to Michael Moller, Director General of the UN Office at Geneva.

Programs can also take place in:

  • Vienna, Austria :

    The United Nations established its third headquarters at Vienna in January 1980. Housed at the Vienna International Center, the location is easily accessible from the middle of the city. The capital of Austria serves additionally as an intellectual and cultural center of Europe.

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Washington, D.C. (as part of a dual-city experience with our training program in New York): 

    The national capital of the United States is also home to a number of important international institutions. The United Nations has a handful of satellite offices in Washington, DC. The Bretton Woods institutions – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund – as well as more than 170 foreign embassies are headquartered here. In addition, many global think tanks and a number of top universities drive the intellectual and research agenda on global policy.

Speakers

Partnering with universities and educational institutions, WFUNA offers a training and educational experience that promotes the effective participation of youth in the UN’s work through briefings with UN agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. As a leader in the civil society community connected with the UN, we draw from our vast professional network to include a wide range of knowledgeable and experienced speakers to lead sessions during the training program.

Speakers represent various levels and bodies of the UN system:

  • Officers from UN Headquarters
  • Diplomats
  • Experts from various UN agencies, funds, and programmes
  • Leaders from Civil Society Organizations
  • Young professionals 
  • Human Resources specialists 

Sessions

The Training Programs are specifically designed for students seeking an immersive learning experience in international affairs and multilateral diplomacy. Participants are not required to have prior knowledge of subjects covered during the program.

Each group will take part in a five-day program from Monday to Friday with all sessions occurring during the day. Educational activities are tailored to age and language ability. WFUNA facilitators foster a dynamic classroom environment that is conducive to learning and connection so each participant can better understand of the UN and relevant global issues, and develop the 21st century skills needed for educational and professional success.

Programs reflect a diverse array of instructional methods to optimize student comprehension. Each training will include:

  • Presentations and lectures
  • Live simulations and role plays
  • Workshops
  • Independent research
  • Public speaking
  • Collaborative sessions
  • Interactive quizzes

Thematic Areas

Training programs are customizable to accommodate the needs and interests of any group. Through a well-organized system of events, classes, and interactive sessions, Training Programs can focus on a variety of themes in international affairs, including: 

  • Multilateral Diplomacy
  • United Nations History and Structure
  • Peace and Security
  • Sustainable Development
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Disaster Management
  • Human Rights