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United Nations Certificate (intensive)

An intensive three-day course which equips individuals with the key knowledge and transferable skills to make an impact in both United Nations (UN) work and their own careers.

About this course

The United Nations Certificate is a three-day intensive course combining UNAA NSW's educational curriculum with handpicked, industry-focused training from UTS. In this course you will develop your skills and knowledge relating to global citizenship, sustainable development, peace and security, and much more.

Course structure

This intensive course will be run over three days through online virtual classroom sessions combining input presentations, discussions, quizzes, and teamwork activities. The following content will be covered during the course:

Day 1

  • Opening and introduction
  • History of sustainable development
  • Implementing the SDGS at the business and community level
  • Lunch break
  • Systems thinking and sustainable development
  • Systems thinking activities: Ecological footprint and developing a net zero action plan.

Day 2

  • Structure of the UN
  • Breakout session about the different organs of the UN
  • UN Peacekeeping
  • Lunch break
  • Major General Tim Ford AO (Rtd): Interview and Q&A on peacekeeping and operations
  • History of the UN
  • The UN, the Liberal International Order and the Future.

Day 3

  • UN Agencies
  • Emotional intelligence and Conflict resolution
  • Lunch break
  • Mini model UN session
  • Course closing.

Learning outcomes

  • Broaden understanding of the United Nations’ history, structure and operations
  • Develop an understanding of conflict resolution and emotional intelligence
  • Gain practical skills in various solutions to help realise the SDGs in your community
  • Create a pathway to become a liaison officer for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW).

Receive a co-branded certificate of completion from UTS and UNAA NSW

Any questions about the course or what to expect on the day? 

Looking for different dates or a similar course?

For any questions on the course and educational programs run by the UNAA and UTS, please contact Alexandra Stafferton, Deputy Executive Manager, on 0491 612 746.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for and accessible to any participant who is prepared and interested in learning more about the UN, sustainability, and developing a set of transferable skills for application in their personal development and career.



09 December




3 days

Meet the Expert

Dr Daryl le Cornu

Dr Daryl le Cornu

Dr Daryl Le Cornu has over 30 years’ experience teaching modern history and legal studies in high schools and is a textbook author for both subjects. Over his career, Daryl has developed a passion for teaching about human rights, the United Nations, nuclear disarmament, international law and global governance. He was a curriculum officer with the NSW Department of Education from 2011-2012 and was tasked with supporting the implementation of the national curriculum in NSW Government schools. Since 2013, he has been a curriculum lecturer at university. Daryl has been involved with the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), serving two years as vice president. He is currently a member of the Board of ICAN Australia (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and President of the World Citizens Association of Australia (WCAA). 

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Kel Gleeson

Kel Gleeson

Kel served with the Australian Army for 20 years, retiring in 1992 with the rank of major. In that year, he joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as an international civilian, serving in Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, East Timor and Sudan.

These UN operations exposed Kel to personal hardships and extraordinary challenges which went a long way towards establishing his views on refugees, humanitarianism and global citizenship. During these missions he participated in tasks and operations which allowed him to experience and see first-hand the value of the United Nations on a global level.

As a result of his service with the United Nations, Kel was awarded the Australian Overseas Humanitarian Medal from the Australian government. He retired in 2006 and returned to Sydney to live. In 2010, he joined the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW) and served as President from 2013-2016. He now holds the position of Immediate President of the UNAA (NSW). Kel is currently the CEO of Williams Business College in Sydney.

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Andrea Spencer-Cooke

Andrea Spencer-Cooke

Andrea is a sustainable business advisor specialising in the 2030 Agenda. She is a founding partner of award-winning B-Corp and global consulting firm, One Stone Advisors and an accredited expert with the NSW government’s Sustainability Advantage Program. There, she helps organisations across food, fashion, finance, consumer goods, construction, tourism, health and retail sectors integrate and take action on the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Andrea has over 25 years of consulting experience in responsible business, supporting sustainability leaders like Carlsberg, Electrolux, Ericsson, Novartis and the Sydney Opera House. She has worked with UN Environment, the International Labour Organisation and UN Broadband Commission and is VP of Programs for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW). A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Andrea holds master’s degree in environmental management and social anthropology, lectures in responsible business at the University of Sydney Business School and is a certified primary ethics teacher.

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Kaveh Khalipour

Kaveh Khalipour

Kaveh is an interdisciplinary academic with research on the intersection of sustainability with socio-technical networks, particularly energy and chemical supply chains. As a member of the Faculty of Engineering and IT’s PERSWADE centre, Kaveh leads a stream on NetworX analytics.

Before joining the School of Information, Systems and Modeling (ISM), Kaveh was with diverse schools (including Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering) at Monash University, Australian National University, University of Sydney, National University of Singapore and the Sharif University of Technology.

Having formerly worked for government and industry, Kaveh's research and teaching philosophy is formed on the "nexus of academic idealism and industrial realism".

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Book a session

Wed 09 Dec 2020 -
Fri 11 Dec 2020
Expert: Dr Daryl le Cornu, Kel Gleeson, Andrea Spencer-Cooke, Kaveh Khalipour
  • 9-11 December 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 21 hours total
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