15 September 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - With the number of refugees and internally displaced persons now higher than at any time since World War II, efforts to strengthen capacities for the prevention of violent conflict and the peaceful settlement of disputes are needed now more than ever. This was the conclusion of the eminent panel of speakers at the “Training Peacemakers” event held at the United Nations Office in Geneva Library on 15 September.
18 September 2014, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. This month the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme organized their annual two-day orientation programme to enhance diplomats’ understanding of OHCHR and the UN Human Rights protection system.
16 September, 2014, New York, USA - On 16 September, the UNITAR New York Office, in association with the Olof Palme Memorial Foundation and UNDP, concluded its ‘Negotiations’ series with a special workshop on Reconciliation, Negotiations and Conflict Prevention. The workshop highlighted the methods and challenges associated with the development of reconciliation strategies in post-conflict situations. It also stressed the importance of reconciliation as a tool for sustainable development and long-term security.
15 September 2014, Hiroshima, Japan – The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in collaboration with the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper, hosted a Public Session with Dr. David M. Malone, United Nations University Rector; Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and author of three books on the UN Security Council, which explored the UN Security Council’s track record and its current influence in relation to global conflicts and crises.
12 September 2014, Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme organised a two-day hands-on workshop for diplomats with Washington-based strategic communications expert Moncef Bouhafa. The feedback from participants was very positive and one beneficiary summarized the event as “extremely useful and effective”.
The UNITAR-coordinated Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D+) project supports research and training institutions in developing countries to identify, develop, test and apply new analytical tools and methods that can build the human and institutional capacities needed to deal with a future of increasing climatic uncertainty. C3D+ focuses on nationally appropriate solutions and promotes the sharing of knowledge and skills through a South-South-North approach.
UNITAR is delighted to support the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) VIII and provide the critical space to discuss innovative approaches that enhance resilience to disasters, ensuring competitiveness in the long term. Every year, the ACF brings together over 1,000 leaders from the 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere.