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Leadership in the Public Sector

Take our new course on leadership in the public sector. The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the competences required by public sector leaders and public servants for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, to recognize the most important skills required for effective leadership, and to gain a comprehensive overview of the current and future challenges facing public leaders. 


Enhancing Good Governance in International Development

Good governance is becoming an increasingly important issue in international development for donors, practitioners and policy makers.  A successful completion of this course will enable participants to synthesise the fragmented ideas of governance that are frequently propounded, to improve governance by understanding and incorporating the internationally accepted governance norms, and to implement good governance standards in their work.


Global Financial Governance

The essence of international financial governance consists of providing support to the international monetary system that is predictable and stable and that facilitates payments for international economic transactions. This compact and self contained course will allow participants to gain a good understanding of the institutional arrangements underlying international financial governance by providing an understanding of the framework, general principles and arrangements for regulation of the global financial system. 


Governance of Public Finance

The course makes students acquainted with the main issues of new approaches to and techniques of the governance of public finance. The traditional model was based on established structures of government, and the sole responsibility for the management of public finances was political. This means any mismanagement of public finances was potentially sanctioned in the next parliamentary elections by the electorate which may have entrusted a new government with the management of public finances. 


Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

The global financial crises has brought to the fore the pertinence of corporate governance issues across industrialized, emerging and developing economies alike. Corporations play a valuable role in our communities and in nations around the world. Good Corporate Governance is a union between the financial and personal success of a corporation. This course in corporate governance will provide a sound foundation in the fundamental characteristics of the concept.


Ethics in Public Finance

Transparency in public finance is a constant preoccupation of modern administrations and citizenries, as the publicity of public expenditure and borrowing, the uniformisation of national accounts, citizen participation in government decision-making, and the introduction of various forms of control of government activity have become the rule rather than the exception in all geographies. In order to respond to mounting demands from the public, key civil servants are required to obtain not only professional qualifications but also specific certifications (internal auditing, administrative law, criminal law) and abide by ad hoc codes of conduct. 


Cross Cultural Negotiation

Culture is a powerful factor in shaping how people think, communicate and behave. It therefore affects how they negotiate. Taking participants from the simple to the complex, this compact and practical course will look at the cultural dimension of negotiation. The course builds upon UNITAR's research on the cultural dimension of negotiations when looking at communication, dealings and discussions among UN member states. This course is a foundation course developed to help professionals -- in full time work -- understand the elusive dimension of culture in relation to international negotiations.


International Negotiations: Practical Skills and Techniques

Everyone negotiates something every day. Whether it is how to handle an organizational challenge, a takeover or a dispute, successful negotiation means getting what you want without offending the other party. This course forms part of a series of negotiation training courses that UNITAR is developing for a worldwide audience of officials and professionals. An important component of this course is a hands-on online simulation exercise which will give participants an international negotiation perspective through peer-to-peer exchanges under the guidance of an expert.


Negotiating for Conflict and Dispute Resolution

As it is, 'negotiation' is a complex set of interactions between parties or individuals. Add to it the dimension of 'conflict', and we find ourselves on very slippery terrain. This online course is a primer on negotiating for conflict and dispute resolution. It aims at providing participants with the fundamental understanding and tools for complex negotiations under conflict situations. This course is also the first in a series and focuses on understanding conflict, procedures for dispute resolution, tools for negotiating under conflict situations as well as effective communication and decision making.


Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Tips and Techniques

This course aims to assist the negotiators and government officials of developing and least-developed countries in their preparations for future multilateral trade negotiations. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the concept of negotiations, background and special characteristics of multilateral trade negotiations in the WTO and how to strategically prepare and plan in conducting successful negotiations. It will also help participants gain greater insight into various negotiation issues currently involved in different WTO Agreements.

Negotiation of Financial Transactions

This course is designed for officials and other participants who are interested in learning more about the structuring and negotiating of financial transactions between developing/emerging countries and their external sources of funds. Scarcity of external funds and development assistance as well as greater conditionality and a plethora of loan documentation require government officials and financial negotiators to better understand international financial markets and financial flows as well as know their lenders better. 


Combating Corruption in Extractive Industries

Despite their endowment of natural wealth, resource-rich developing countries among the poorest, low democratic and most conflict-ridden countries of the world. A high level of corruption is arguably the most important factor resulting into low levels of economic growth in these countries. A successful completion of this course will enable participants to identify and analyse corruption risks in extractive industries, to design and apply strategies and initiatives to maximise transparency in the sector, and also to effectively implement the anti-corruption and good governance programme.


Fundamentals of Anti-Money Laundering: International Standards and Compliance Issues

With the FATF revised recommendations in 2012, requirements to combat money laundering and terrorist financing have been specifically strengthened in areas with higher risks or where implementation could be enhanced. This course aims to provide basic money laundering training to both public and private sector officials in a better, quicker and more efficient way by making them familiar with many of the laws and regulations now enhanced to deter money laundering.