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5 free United Nations online courses you can take anywhere, anytime

Learn how the United Nations tackles some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.

In this article we have compiled a list of free UN Courses that are accessible for everyone, everywhere. Offered by United Nations institutions and renowned universities around the globe, the course contents are available for free. If you would like to obtain a course credential by UNICEF or one of the universities below you may opt-in for a paid verified certificate.

Social Change, Social Norms

Provided by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ivy League member University of Pennsylvania, this course is tackling various human rights issues such as gender violence, child marriage and sanitation practices. The UN course, which is taught entirely in English, consists of one theoretical and one practical part with a duration of 4 weeks each. In the second part of the course you will look at a variety of tools policy makers use to effect change, highlight the role of trendsetters in social change, and explore the conditions under which they can be successful.

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The United Nations in the World

Designed by two leading UK Universities, the University of London and SOAS, this course offers a well-researched introduction to the United Nations system. In this UN course you will not only learn about important UN themes, key functions of UN bodies such as the UN Security Council but also develop analysis, communication and policy-related skills. Together with learners from around the world you will discuss human rights in international politics, how the UN responds to crisis and current UN affairs.

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International Organizations Management

This hands-on course, which is designed for everyone who strives to work in international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union or the OSCE, is offered by University of Geneva. The course offers you valuable insights into the inner workings of international organizations and the challenges they face today. It will introduce you to effective, state-of-the art management tools and principles to help you lead change in this world. The course is taught by senior staff of international organizations such as UNDP and UNICEF themselves.

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The Changing Global Order

This course which is offered by the University of Leiden, will explain to you how international power relations are changing and what the challenges are with regards to global peace and stability. You will learn about the capacity and limits of international organizations in preventing or stopping violent conflict and you will explore how the United Nations, NATO, the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU) and others contribute to maintaining global peace.

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step in setting humanity on a trajectory towards sustainable development. In this course, which is offered by the University of Copenhagen, you will learn how the SDGs relate to the global systems supporting humanity with a particular focus on Climate Action and other urgent issues impacting human rights on a global scale.

Register now for the free UN online courses and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need about the United Nations.

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