2017 DTP Program Schedule

2017 Training Opportunities


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Program [09-10 November, 2017]

The Diplomacy Training Program, Australian Human Rights Centre and National Children’s and Youth Law Centre will be holding a 2 day intensive training program to build knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee).

As a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australian law, policy and programming is required to be consistent with the CRC and its key principles. The periodic reporting process is an opportunity to review and reflect on challenges to implementation across different jurisdictions in Australia and to promote wider awareness and understanding of child rights. The Convention and the Committee place a particular emphasis on the rights of vulnerable and marginalised children.   In the preparation of its report to the Committee, the Commonwealth Government seeks relevant information from State and Territory governments.   Australian NGOs and the Australian Human Rights Commission also provide information to the Committee.

This intensive training program will enable government officials and NGOs to build knowledge, skills and networks to engage effectively with the reporting process to the Committee and to relate the CRC to relevant policy and practice in Australia.

This initial 2 day training program will be followed up with optional one day State/ Territory based programs and optional specialist workshops.

Tentative Dates: 09 -10 November, 2017 

Location: Sydney, Australia

See Concept NoteBrochure and Registration Form (application ONLY for Australians)



27th Annual Program [02 -13 October, 2017)

DTP will be holding its 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from Oct 2-13, 2017. 

This annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the longest established human rights training program held in the region. It builds knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system and their relevance to advocacy on a wide range of human rights concerns. There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills.

Dates: Oct 2nd-13th 2017

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste 

Click here for Brochure

Application Form 


Leaving No One Behind” - Australia [23-25 October, 2017]

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) will be holding a new program (from 23-25 October 2017, Australia) to celebrate the 10th Anniversary on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (Congress) and the Indigenous Law Centre have agreed to partner with DTP in piloting this new program.

Dates: 23-25 October, 2017

Location: University of New South Wales in Sydney


See Concept Note, Brochure, Application Form



 Leaving No One Behind” - Thailand [June 21-25, 2017]

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP], the DTP and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact is holding a capacity building program on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (in June/July 2017, Thailand).

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact is calling for applications for this new program which aims to build capacity of Indigenous Peoples advocates in the Asia-Pacific region to use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to engage with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

See Schedule

Advocating for the Rights of Migrant Workers in Malaysia: A Capacity Building Program [March 2017 - December 2017 (5 Modules)]

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in partnership with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Bar Council Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee (MRIAC), North South Initiative (NSI), and Migration Working Group (MWG) are holding a special capacity building program for Malaysian civil society on the rights of migrant workers. 

The program will be designed with program participants to build knowledge, skills and networks to enhance and support civil society advocacy for the promotion and protection of migrant workers’ rights in Malaysia.


The program will bring together Malaysian advocates with advocates from countries of origin, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia to build links and networks and to develop shared advocacy strategies for greater impact in Malaysia and countries of origin.

See Brochure

See Module 1 ScheduleModule 1 Participants' Biographies 

See Module 1 Program Summary, written by Malaysian Bar Council

See Module 2 ScheduleModule 2 Participants' Biographies 

See Module 2 Program Summary, Draft Program Report

See Module 3 Schedule

See Module 3 Program News





Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, The Private Sector and Development – Malaysia [Feb 27-March 08, 2017]

DTP and JOAS collaborated with OHCR Regional Office and OHCHR Civil Society Unit on delivering a regional capacity building program on Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, the Private Sector and Development.   Twenty-four participants, mainly from Indigenous communities in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangladesh have travelled to Sabah in Malaysia to learn, share knowledge and experience.   Sabah has witnessed the dramatic impacts of deforestation, dams and plantations. The participants have been learning about relevant human rights standards, and UN human rights monitoring and accountability mechanisms that can be used to protect and promote human rights in the context of rapid economic development.   The intersection of the environment and human rights, the preservation of Indigenous languages and traditional knowledge, the diminishing space for civil society and militarization have been among the issues raised. The program was funded with support from Oxfam Australia and the Australian government and DTP’s individual supporters.

See ScheduleParticipants' Biographies 

Capacity Building Program on Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East – Qatar (May 21-25, 2017)

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) held a regional training course on human rights advocacy and migrant workers in the Middle East. This training program took place over 5 days in Qatar from 21st – 25th May 2017, hosted by Georgetown University Qatar (GUQ).

The training program helped build the knowledge and skills to protect and promote the human rights of migrant workers.  It enabled participants to more effectively use internationally agreed standards and mechanisms in their advocacy for the human rights of migrant workers in the Middle East.  The residential program also provided a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and for the building of support networks and collaboration between countries of origin and destination.

See ScheduleParticipants' Biographies