The United Nations Association of Australia (NSW) has launched a United Nations Diploma in June 2019. The concept is to train individuals in the history, structure and operations of the United Nations. Inclusive in this will be several competency based subjects that will give the student recognisable skills that can be used in either UN work or their own career.

course Structure

The structure of the UN Diploma course is as follows:

  • Friday night lectures: 6 - 8pm

  • Duration: 16 weeks

  • Covering: Eight subjects and four competencies

The course uses Competency Based Training, the key competency being Project Planning. This can be utilised for the planning of UNAA (NSW) functions. Aligned with this are four assessments based upon what has been taught and the student’s ability to plan a project. The four assessments will focus on:

a. The student’s knowledge of the United Nations,

b. The student’s ability to plan a UN function or event

c.  The student’s ability to:

  • Manage a conflict

  • Develop and use emotional intelligence,

  • Develop a project, and

  • Make a presentation


The course will be conducted at Williams Business College - Level 3, 39 Liverpool St. Sydney


Subject Units

Subject 1: Structure of the United Nations

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This subject will address the key aspects of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Secretariat and other UN agencies. It will consider and analyse the operations of each and how they impact upon the world. To support this, historical examples will be case studied.

Subject 2: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


The world is moving towards an unknown future. However, for the first time in history the world has been provided with a global plan to create a better place. As such, this subject will cover the 17 SDG goals, the purpose of the concept and how it relates to the government, businesses and communities.

Subject 3: UN History

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The UN has an interesting, complex and powerful history. This subject will cover as much as possible and explain the rationale for its creation and the establishment of its UN agencies.

Subject 4: UN Peacekeeping


UN Department Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) commenced in 1948 in the Middle East.  There have been major success and some great losses suffered during its time. This unit explores these Missions and will provide some very personal insights into some of these events.

Subject 5: UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The cornerstone of the ideology of the United Nations is the UN Charter which was signed on the 24 Oct 1945. It provides the principles and beliefs for a global world. This was followed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Subject 6. UN Agencies


Much of the work done by the UN is through its agencies which largely go unnoticed. Whilst the DPKO generally get the headlines, the hard work of the agencies goes unheralded. This subject cover some of the more important agencies e.g. WHO, WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR.

Subject 7: Global Citizenship

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This subject aligns with SDG Goal 4, Target 4.7 in that it addresses the development of a global citizen. The characteristics, ideals and principles of a global citizen will be analysed and evaluated.

Subject 8: Issues with the UN and the way forward


To remain relevant in todays world the UN needs to embrace the concept of continuous improvement. There remain issues within the UN that need to be addressed or otherwise it will become redundant. This subject looks at these challenges and what needs to be done

Competency 1 & 2: Managing conflict and emotional intelligence


This competency focuses on managing difficulties within international relationships such a grievances, disagreements and developing conflicts. Cornerstone to this understanding, is your own emotional intelligence and how it impacts on others.

Competency 3: Project planning


This competency teaches the skill of planning for a project. It looks at the issues project scope, risk management, work breakdown structures, Gannt charts and roles and responsibilities.   

Competency 4: Make a presentation


A key aspect of being a UNAA Liaison Officers is having the skills to talk to the public about the United Nations. In this competency students are taught the basic skills of how to give a presentation and how to prepare for it.


After completing the UN Diploma course requirements, the graduates may be requested to act as Liaison Officers for the UNAA (NSW). This would entail such activities as:

a.     Visiting schools on behalf of the UNAA.

b.     On behalf of the UNAA, conduct briefings at functions and events.

c.     Planning and assisting in UNAA projects.

Course availability

  • 7 Jun 2019 - Full

  • 25 Oct 2019 - 1st stage: 25 Oct - 13 Dec 2019, 2nd stage: 24 Jan - 6 Mar 2020


  • The cost of the course is $1,750


Please complete the Registration form and forward to Nicole King at:

UNAA (NSW) link

For further information about the UNAA (NSW) please click the following link:

Course Approval

The UNAA Diploma is endorsed by and approved by the UNAA (NSW) but does not come under the AQF or the National Standards.



Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a Diploma officially recognised and authorised by the UNAA (NSW).