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United Nations Studies Program


The United Nations Studies Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) promotes teaching, training, and career development in the pursuit of multilateral solutions to global dilemmas. Under the direction of Elisabeth Lindenmayer, the Program brings together scholars and practitioners to address the main priorities of the UN – security, development, human rights and the environment – strengthening synergies between the Columbia community and those within the UN system.

The UN Studies Program offers courses, panels, research projects and practical opportunities to increase students’ understanding of the history, inner workings, and challenges associated with the UN’s role in the world today.It aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and insight to work towards effective and efficient solutions to global problems through multilateral cooperation. 

Teaching focuses first and foremost on theories of international organizations; second, on the management of the UN system; and third, on the UN’s functional areas such as peace operations and development coordination.
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