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The New York Graduate Plan Online


The New York Graduate Plan Online is an educational collaboration between Nonviolence International New York and UNITAR that seeks to build graduate students with a passion for peacebuilding and international affairs into future diplomats. Over the course of this program, students will learn from UN diplomats in diplomatic training sessions, master the art of peacebuilding in workshops at Nonviolence International New York and personally lead world-changing digital fieldwork with Civil Society at the United Nations.


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In this online program, students from around the world have the ability to join the teams at the New York Office of Nonviolence International New York for a unique experience within the international community.


The beauty of this program being online is that students will not have to worry about the expenses associated with moving to and living in NY, but can make connections with UN staff, diplomats from member states embassies, and civil society while participating in a community of like-minded individuals from the comfort of their homes.


This remote version of the program will feature all of the same UNITAR lectures and training workshops offered in the in-person version.

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Diplomatic Training with the United Nations

Students will take part in Diplomatic Training at the United Nations. This will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the United Nations systems and receive training on the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the 2030 Agenda, these goals demonstrate the global challenges of the present and sustainable solutions to strive for in the future. Upon completion of the program, students will be given a certificate from the United Nations agency focused on Training and Research. Facilitated by UN Agencies, the New York Graduate Plan’s Diplomatic Training provides a unique chance for students to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves. Though many projects exist with a focus on national and international politics, very few can offer first-hand experience equal to that of the New York Graduate Plan. Through this program, students will gain a stronger comprehension of global challenges and how to resolve them on an international stage. Diplomatic Training will be led by ambassadors, diplomats and delegates at the United Nations. In order to provide the most authentic learning experience possible, courses will be divided into two sections: lecture and student participation in United Nations forums, including General Assembly sessions. This will allow students to further develop a global political perspective due to first-hand experience and observation. In addition to strengthening comprehension on global leadership, Diplomatic Training will afford students an opportunity to gain insight into the daily lives of international leaders. In accordance with the spirit of modern diplomacy, students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively while in cooperation with each other. The final aim is to train students to become more active in their local communities, in the varying political landscapes, to bring a new generation to the forefront of the international community. This program offers unique access to knowledge and methods that allow participants to act more effectively inside the United Nations and engage in leadership roles in a multilateral environment. Diplomatic Training will consist of practical workshops (concise, accessible, and directly applicable) and is highly interactive. The average period of a workshop is one to two days. Learn more +

Leadership Training with Nonviolence International New York

Since April of 2014, Nonviolence International New York has welcomed hundreds of young students and alumni from around the world to champion the causes they care about on an international scale. Our highly competitive internship program was mentioned during the United Nations General Assembly First Committee as a "model for all youth programs." In parallel to the education students will receive from the United Nations, all participants will also take part in Leadership Training provided by Nonviolence International New York. Leadership Training will offer students the opportunity to work closely with the staff of Nonviolence International to learn methods of peacebuilding and various strategies for strengthening communities. After their training, students will lead a project with different Civil Society partners within Nonviolence International’s network. Upon completion of the program, students will have their projects produced and published in Nonviolence International’s body of work. Leadership training will be divided into two sections: Under the guidance of Nonviolence International New York, students will engage in lectures, workshops, meetings and exercises focused on different methods of peacebuilding and theories of nonviolence. This training will prepare students for their work with Civil Society organizations. Students will then implement their new skills in individualized projects within Civil Society at the United Nations through Nonviolence International New York’s partners. Each project must be accompanied by a research paper related to the consolidation of Peacebuilding and Nonviolent Methodologies within the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Fieldwork in Civil Society at the United Nations

The New York Graduate Plan allows students to expand their comprehension of the field through intergovernmental and non-governmental organizational structures. All organizations involved pursue the same goal of striving for peace and working to alleviate issues affecting the globe currently and in the future, which will be demonstrated to each student throughout the duration of the program. Field expertise demonstrated by NGOs have led to the creation of open dialogue and communication on decision making processes with Member States and Civil Society at the United Nations. Students will have the opportunity to engage with members of Civil Society and participate in the following endeavors: 1) UN Civil Society Engagement — Students of the New York Graduate Plan will utilize their newfound expertise to work with active Civil Society coalitions in New York City. Through the knowledge and skills developed from their training, participants will begin advocating in various high-level functions at the United Nations along one of Nonviolence International New York’s three track focuses: (a) International Disarmament, (b) Peace Education, or (c) Social Development.
2) Practical Peacebuilding — Students will collaborate with other focuses to develop campaigns promoting peacebuilding causes and events. This course will train them in the art of campaign planning and coordination, allowing them to conduct audience research, develop campaign strategies and implement tactical decisions for real grassroots organizations
3) Nonviolent Methodologies — Students will utilize their skills as researchers and writers to develop a formal analysis on a topic of their studies or recent international conflict. Students will be expected to explore their area of focus through inquiry, collection of evidence, and conducting interviews with relevant stakeholders. Students will analyze all findings to achieve the ultimate goal of a developed paper to be published by both Nonviolence International New York and UNITAR.

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Graduate Plan Partners

NONVIOLENCE INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK OFFICE (Nonviolence NY): Nonviolence International is an international humanitarian organization focused on creating nonviolent solutions to violent and oppressive situations. With locations all over the world, the New York office heavily focuses on peacebuilding, disarmament, and social development while striving daily to impact and improve the lives of individuals in all areas of the world. Nonviolence International New York has partnered to work on the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals with several organizations, raising awareness for their causes both inside and outside the United Nations. Our newest program, the New York Graduate Plan, capitalizes on Nonviolence International and its expertise. With decades of experience supporting the United Nations as well as completing projects in and out of conflict zones, this program was created with the intention to be an exemplary model for future participants to learn and grow in their path of bettering the planet. Furthermore, Nonviolence International has a longstanding history highlighting the importance of education in different communities across the globe, demonstrating its commitment to improving the lives of young people.

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OUR PARTNERS AT THE UNITED NATIONS: Our partners in the United Nations specialize in training and research, with headquarters based in Geneva and offices in New York, Hiroshima and Port Harcourt. For the last 20 years, the work of our partners in the United Nations has been a gateway for learning opportunities, with a vision of providing knowledge “on the UN, by the UN and for the UN.” They develop and deliver an average of 30 courses annually to thousands of members of the international community, including diplomats, United Nations staff, members of Civil Society, NGOs and the private sector. Their courses place a strong focus on: 1) developing technical knowledge of the United Nations system and its functioning; 2) building skills that are specific to multilateral diplomacy; and 3) exchanging information and research in the form of Conferences (or series of Conferences) on areas of topical and immediate interest to negotiators at the United Nations.

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Program Design

The New York Graduate Plan operates as an educational opportunity for university enrolled students and alumni. The program will validate student coursework and allow students to gain first-hand experience learning, training and working digitally within the United Nations and with Civil Society to promote the values established by the 2030 Agenda in the field. Functioning as two separate courses under one program, participants of the New York Graduate Plan Online will undergo Diplomatic Training provided by the United Nations and held on site in United Nations Headquarters and Field Training in peacebuilding, community building, and experience with Civil Society at the United Nations provided by Nonviolence International New York. With our affiliates in the United Nations, students in the program will study diplomacy directly from current and former diplomats in addition to exploring the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN-2030 Agenda. Participants of the program will then utilize the skills developed from both trainings to lead an individual project supported by Nonviolence International New York and its partners. Upon successful completion of each training, participants will utilize their newly developed skills and insight toward the creation of a project surrounding a cause. This project could be a digital campaign, a 15-page research paper, or outreach in civil society at the UN focused on their area of expertise. The initial duration of the program spans three months and consists of two separate segments: Diplomatic Training will offer free access to most United Nations events and meetings. In keeping with the spirit of a practical and hands-on learning methodology, courses will blend classroom instruction with observation of UN General Assembly sessions and other UN forums. Students will develop a global political perspective through a first-hand look at the workings of an international political system. Upon successful completion of Field Training, students will receive a certificate of merit from the United Nations and Nonviolence International New York. You can however extend the program for no extra charge to a 6 month program. This extension will be a continuation of the last month focusing on your project and other goals. Our joint program provides a rare opportunity for students to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves. Although there is no shortage of courses on global politics and policies, few (if any) can provide the same quality education and real world experience that Nonviolence International New York and the United Nations is uniquely situated to provide. Through this method, students will gain an understanding of current global issues and their impact on nations and communities, both on an international stage and in local communities. Students will have the additional opportunity to learn from and interact with current UN ambassadors, diplomats, delegates, university professors, prominent members from multiple NGO's, and ambassadors to the United Nations.


Since its adoption by all Member States in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development serves as a collective guide for humanity to achieve future peace and prosperity. In observing the Sustainable Development Goals and the framework they provide, nations actively begin working toward tackling issues such as poverty, gender equality, sustainable consumption, and climate change. While recognizing the importance of every Sustainable Development Goal, the New York Graduate Plan aligns specifically with Goal 4 under the theme of Quality Education, with particular emphasis on Target 4.7 and Indicator 4.7.1. Upon assessing the actions and ideals promoted by Target 4.7 and Indicator 4.7.1, students of the New York Graduate Plan inherently work to achieve SDG 4, 4.7, and 4.7.1 simply through their participation.” Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.” Indicator 4.7.1: “Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in: (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment.” Recognizing the importance of working to achieve these objectives, the New York Graduate Plan seeks to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, appreciation of cultural diversity and of cultural contributions to sustainable development. By completing this program, students will position themselves as responsible and conscientious individuals able to embody the principles set forth by all Sustainable Development Goals. In this way, participants of the program will become experts in the values established by the 2030 Agenda and true ambassadors of all they represent. The New York Graduate Plan works to achieve the 2030 Agenda through the content imbued in the program itself as well as by putting young people at the forefront to create lasting and impactful solutions to global issues. Since opening in 2014, Nonviolence International New York has demonstrated consistent support for the work of the United Nations through research, advocacy, and education. While primarily focusing on SDG 16 and 17, the organization is well versed in every goal and is committed to sharing its best practices for the 2030 Agenda to be realized. Through the creation and launch of the New York Graduate Plan, Nonviolence International New York in partnership with United Nations agencies actively upholds the standards and calls to action designated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Learn more bout this semester +

Statement from the Founders

Nonviolence International New York in partnership with Civil Society, and several United Nations agencies chooses to dedicate their time and resources toward developing youth to become the next generation of world changers and leaders. Through the structure of the New York Graduate Plan, students will gain expert knowledge from specialists in the fields of peacebuilding, nonviolent action and communication, and the UN-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Participants of the program will ultimately spread their knowledge with the common goal of bettering the planet and global communities. The presentation of the New York Graduate Plan acts as a first step toward achieving this vision. We would like to thank the reader for their interest and look forward to work in creating a peaceful and sustainable world for all.

Program Logistics: Pricing & Payment

- Entrence fee for the New York Graduate Plan Online costs $4,000 and takes place over the course of three months. Opportunities are available for extending your time. Students may pay tuition in full before the start of our program or put a down payment of $400 to hold their spot in their desired semester. They may then sign up for a payment plan where they have the opportunity to pay off the tuition over time. Please contact us for more information. - The successful completion of a Nonviolence International Program gives you a lifetime membership to a global network of civil society leaders dedicated to finding nonviolent solutions and the ability to make connections with world leaders. This 3 month program will be opening the door for you to join us world wide both throughout civil society and the United Nations. - Students wishing to obtain credit for their training must contact their university.
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Professors and Administration

leadership Teams involved in the New York Graduate Plan will consist of the Nonviolence International-NY executive team, facilitators and Professors, & numerus guest speakers. The teams’s primary role will be guiding program participants through all workshops, match students with a Civil Society coalition in Nonviolence International New York’s network, and provide ongoing support. more info +

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Benefits

In this three month online program we have brought in experts from around the world who could not teach and participate on the in person sessions. We have the best of the best leading and mentoring with Over 300 hours of classwork including; intensive training workshops with UNITAR in combination with expert lectures focused on peacebuilding, leadership skill sets, and intervention research and development from a Civil Society perspective with Nonviolence International New York. The final portion of training requires students complete 80+ hours of participation in Civil Society coalitions at the United Nations through digital high-level conferences and other international agreements, laws, and treaties. Plus numerous hours of Networking and outreach opportunities making this truly a one of a kind Program.

You will not only gain special access to UN proccess and events but you will learn how to access systems from home to participate for YEARS to come. this is an opprotunity to learn how to digitally navigate the UN system and leverage your career. Start your UN career now, from your home, and build the foundations that will be your career backbone for years to come.


The New York Graduate Plan offers applicants an opportunity unlike any other program of its kind. Through our curriculum, locations and field opportunities, we will provide participants with the tools and support needed to ensure individual success. We invite interested applicants to apply through the link below and take the first steps toward changing the world today.


Gain experience with the United Nations