2017 DTP Program Schedule

2017 Training Opportunities

Calling for Applications -

 Leaving No One Behind” - Thailand

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 Brochure


Leaving No One Behind” - Australia

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) will be holding a new program (in August 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.

See Concept Note.

Calling for Applications -

DTP is calling for applications for its 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia.

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.

Date of the program: Oct 2nd-13th 2017

Click here for the brochure


Calling for Applications –

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 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




Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, The Private Sector and Development (Malaysia, 27th Feb - 8th March, 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 (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