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UNITAR is committed to supporting programmes that will have a sustainable impact. The Institute operates on the principle that only carefully designed and implemented training programmes can make a lasting contribution to national development.
UNITAR also offers"à la carte" training programmes and research services
Programmes designed to address diplomats and staff of ministries within Member States, who are called upon to negotiate in multilateral contexts.
Activities are directed chiefly towards capacity building in the sense of strengthening national human and institutional capacities.
Peacekeeping Training Programme
Environmental Law Programme
  Offering distance-learning courses on international environmental law s well as workshops and seminars held at regional level and selected efforts towards environmental law capacity building at national level.  
International Affairs Management
  Offering practice-oriented training courses in public international law, international relations and diplomatic skills to government officials, university teachers and NGO representatives from around the world.  
International Migration Policy
  Strengthening the capacity of governments in different world regions to deal with migration and forced displacement issues at national and regional levels, and fostering dialogue and co-operation among States sharing common migration concerns and challenges.  
Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy
  The programme was initiated in 1993 to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations' efforts in conflict prevention and resolution. Since then the programme has expanded to provide a range of research and training.  
Women and Children in and after Conflict
  Heightening awareness of the particular difficulties and needs of women and children in conflict or post-conflict zones, organizing training courses targeting international and local civilian staff members employed by UN Peacekeeping Missions.  

Chemicals and Waste Management
  A variety of programmes and services support training and capacity building efforts to strengthen the foundations for chemicals management at the country level, and assist countries in implementing national priorities and relevant international agreements  
Climate Change Programme
  Supporting country driven capacity building initiatives and serving as a rapid and efficient implementation tool for the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change with GEF Implementing Agencies and other bilateral donors.  
Debt and Financial Management (Legal Aspects)
  Training lawyers and non-lawyers in the legal aspects of external debt management through short-duration regional seminars and workshops, online training courses as well as development and dissemination of best practices and training packages. The debt management programme is also offering e-learning courses.  
Foreign Economic Relations
  Providing training programmes to public sector officials to enhance their knowledge and tools for managing public finances, negotiating loans and trade agreements, as well as capacity building on other related fields such as Trade and Accession to WTO.  
Decentralized Cooperation Programme
  Assisting local actors in the implementation of international commitments made either by their Government or by the territorial community.  
Technology and Information Systems for Sustainable Development
  Enhancing the ability of LDCs to express their needs with regard to the role that information technology can play in alleviating poverty, supporting good governance and human rights protection.  
UNAIDS/UNITAR Aids Competence Programme
  Programme to develop the human capacity to respond toHIV/AIDS with the aim of developing AIDS Competent societies. AIDS Competence means that we as people in families, communities, in organisations and in
policy making: acknowledge the reality of HIV and AIDS, act from strength to build our capacity to respond, reduce vulnerability and risks, learn and share with others and live out our full potential.

UNITAR has developed various methodologies and approaches to training and capacity building in consideration of changing patterns of international cooperation and centering on the conviction that training should be linked more closely to efforts towards change at international, national and local level. Among these approaches are:

• Orientation and skills building activities
• Tailor-made Training Programmes
• Correspondence Instruction
• e-Learning
• National profile and self assessments
• Research approach & activities