2017 DTP Program Schedule

2017 Training Opportunities

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

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) program was held on November 9 & 10 at UNSW Sydney. It was delivered with the Diplomacy Training Program, NCYLC (Matthew Keeley) and the former AHRCentre (Noam Peleg) [all based at UNSW Law]. The 2-day intensive training program helped build participants’ knowledge and understanding of the Convention and of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee).

The CRC reporting process is an important, but little understood, opportunity for officials at all levels of government to review policy and practice relating to children against Australia’s obligations under the CRC, to share perspectives with the community sector.

Participants came from NSW, Qld, Tas and SA – from CSOs, government and statutory bodies. Representatives Attorney General’s presented on the process of preparing the government’s report to CRC (just released) – and engagement with the CRC periodic reporting process.

See Concept NoteBrochureSchedule


Pacific Islands Civil Society Consultation on Migration Governance and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration [ November 02-03, 2017]

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF)Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), are organizing and facilitating a two-day workshop to enable civil society in the Pacific to provide inputs and recommendations to the preparatory process of the UN Global Compact on Migration (GCM).  The consultation will bring together representatives from NGOs, trade unions, faith-based groups, and others to consider the key issues related to migration in and from the Pacific Islands and the human rights and governance issues raised by this migration.  


The workshop will provide an opportunity for civil society in the Pacific Islands to

  • reflect on particular concerns and issues relating to migration, development and climate change;
  • develop their understanding of the GCM of what it might mean for migration governance
  • develop inputs to feed into the consultations and processes of developing the GCM
  • consider future networking and collaboration in the Pacific on migration and the rights of migrants

The workshop will take place in the week leading up to the official regional consultation taking place in Bangkok (UNESCAP) between governments in the Asia-Pacific.  The UN Global Compact on Safe Migration will be adopted by the UN in November 2018 following thematic and regional consultations with governments and stakeholders.   

See Brochure

See Media Release

 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders [October 02-13, 2017]













The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) held its 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from Oct 2-13, 2017. The program was held in partnership with Judicial System Monitoring Programme.

The program had 24 participants from over 9 countries that participated in this training. We were warmly welcomed by DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and former President, José Ramos-Horta & Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste H.E Peter Doyle.

The program helped build practical links between advocates in the region facing shared challenges. These challenges include violence against women, land-grabbing and forced displacements, freedom of religion and freedom of association, the rights of migrant workers and of Indigenous peoples, transitional justice, protecting human rights in repressive and authoritarian environments and integrating human rights into sustainable development policy and practice. 

The participants were fortunate to learn from experienced trainers from the UN and WITNESS, and had the opportunity to do a lobbying and campaigning exercises with Australian Embassy staff based in Timor-Leste. The participants also delve into the history and lessons of Timor-Leste as they spoke to the victims’ families of the Liquicia massacre and field visits to Centro Nacional Chega and Resistance Museum.


See Concept Note, Brochure, Schedule                                                           



Leaving No One Behind” - Australia [TBC, 2017]

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) will be holding a new program (been postponed until further notice) 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: (been postponed until further notice)

Location: University of New South Wales in Sydney


See Concept NoteBrochureApplication Form (application ONLY for Australians)


 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, Draft Program Report

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 SummaryDraft 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, Program Report 

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, Draft Program Report