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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 UN work and their own careers.

About this course

This intensive three-day course is designed to broaden the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the United Nations system and to provide valuable insights into the inner workings of this unique international multilateral organisation.  The Course also affords the opportunity for individuals to engage in the UNAA (NSW) Liaison Officership Program. It equips participants with the key knowledge and transferable skills needed to make a notable impact in both their UN work and professional careers. 

Course structure

  • Structure of the United Nations
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Un History
  • UN Peacekeeping
  • UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • UN Agencies
  • Global Citizenship
  • Applying Technology to Realize the SDGs
  • Issues with the UN and the way forward


Learning outcomes

  • Broaden understanding of the United Nation’s history, structure and operations
  • Create a pathway to become a Liaison Officer for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW)
  • Develop an understanding of conflict resolution and emotional intelligence
  • Gain practical skills in various technologies to help realise the SDGs in their communities

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for and accessible to any participant who is willing and interested in learning more about the UN, acting as a UNAA (NSW) Liaison Officer, and developing a set of transferable skills for application in their personal development and career.



13 March




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 writer 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 as a 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 him to personal hardships and extraordinary challenges which went a long way towards establishing his views on refugees, humanitarism 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 he 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 then 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 programme, where 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 Sydney Opera House. She has worked with UN Environment, the International Labour Organisation and UN Broadband Commission and is VP Programs for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW). A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Andrea holds Masters degrees 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 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

Fri 13 Mar 2020 -
Sun 15 Mar 2020
Expert: Dr Daryl le Cornu
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On-campus
  • 3 sessions

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