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Final Call: Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights (Begins 16 March)

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    The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace is issuing a final call for applications for its professional development online diploma programme on Sustainable Development and Human Rights, beginning 16 March, 2016. Few spaces are left and applicants will be enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis.

    The Context: 

    The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has marked a major milestone in contemporary efforts to transform our world. Implementation of these goals will necessitate a significant increase in the number of trained professionals working in the field. A major lesson learnt from the experience in implementing the MDGs is the need for aligning development goals with human rights norms, principles, and standards. It is in this context that the Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace is pleased to announce the first offering of a new Professional Development Diploma in Sustainable Development and Hum…, courses for which can be taken entirely online. This new and timely programme, therefore, aims at ensuring that practitioners in the field of development and human rights gain the skills and knowledge necessary for mainstreaming human rights based approaches in implementing the SDGs and in other development related work.

    The Diploma:

    This Diploma in limited to 25 participants and can be obtained upon successful completion of five of the following six online courses:

    1. Development and Human Rights: 16 March – 26 April, 2016

    2. Business, Human Rights, and Development: 11 May – 21 June, 2016

    3. Child Rights and Development: 13 July – 23 August, 2016

    4. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development: 13 July – 23 August, 2016

    5. Environment, Development, and Human Rights: 7 September – 18 Octobe…

    6. Gender, Development, and Human Rights: 2 November – 13 December, 2016

    Each of these courses is also offered as a stand-alone certificate course, but participants can now obtain a professional development diploma by taking five of the aforementioned six courses which fall within the overarching theme of sustainable development and human rights. The diploma is designed in a way that participants develop incremental expertise in the different limbs of sustainable development and its linkages with human rights.

    The foundation course of the diploma is ‘Development and Human Rights’ which begins on 16 March, 2016. This course provides a comprehensive perspective on the different dimensions of development and its linkages with human rights, including discussions on sustainable development, right to development, human development etc. The course is specialized in its own right, but is also a perfect pedestal for further specializing in the specific topics which fall within the interface between sustainable development and human rights, such as business, investment and trade, the environment, indigenous peoples’ rights, gender dimensions of development and human rights, and children and human security.

    Who Should Apply:

    The course is intended for staff members of (inter)governmental and civil society organizations working in the interface between development and human rights work, including in the fields of rights protection, development aid, social responsibility, trade and investment, environment protection, indigeneity, gender, child rights etc. The course is also intended for staff members of (international) development agencies, academics and others interested in the aforesaid areas. (Post)Graduate students with specific research interests in these areas are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

    Course Fee:

    For Diploma: Fee for taking this diploma is USD 2400 (as against USD 3000, if paid for each stand-alone course separately). Fee for alumni of UPEACE and the Centre enrolling for the Diploma programme is USD 2100.

    For Diploma and 10 Academic Credits: Participants are exceptionally (based on demonstrated research interest in the topic) also able to take the five courses in the diploma for a total of 10 graduate level academic credits offered by UPEACE (2 academic credits for each course). The total cost of participating in the diploma for academic credits is USD 4900 (USD 2400 + USD 2500). For alumni of UPEACE and the Centre, the total cost is USD 4600 (USD 2100 + USD 2500).

    Application Procedure:

    To apply, please send an email to along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the diploma. Applicants will be contacted within one working day of the application.

    For more information about the Centre and its projects, please visit or write to

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