April 22, 2014. In the framework of the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum and to contribute to the dialogue on how to plan “Cities for Life”, UNITAR hosted a training session in Medellin, Colombia on 11 April 2014, to foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices on enhancing local government’s capacity to reduce disaster risk and manage disasters, while integrating these aspects into urban planning and design.
08-09 April, New York – The UNITAR New York Office, in collaboration with the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) Treaty Law and Practice Office, organized a two-day seminar on international treaty law and practice.
UNOSAT partner UrtheCast of Canada has successfully installed cameras on the International Space Station in an unprecedented initiative to use the orbital station as a base to acquire images and HD videos of our planet. UNOSAT researchers are looking into how images and videos relayed in near-real time as the ISS flies around the planet can be used to help prevent and respond to emergency situations and disasters.
16 April 2014. UNITAR’s training Centre for Asia-Pacific - CIFAL Jeju, convened 17 government officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries from Asia-Pacific and the U.S. Government for a 5-day workshop on “Enhancing a Victim-Centered Approach: Identification, Assistance, and Protection of Trafficking Victims in the Asia-Pacific Region”. CIFAL Jeju in partnership with the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) hosted the event in Jeju from 17-24 March.
24-25 March 2014, New York – The UNITAR New York Office, organized a workshop examining the role of women in negotiating sustainable peace. An important foundation is Security Council Resolution 1325 as well as an affirmation that women could play a special role in contributing to the sustainability of peace and in ensuring an enduring peace.
With the process to develop the post-2015 development agenda approaching critical milestones, UNITAR is organizing a series of interactive technical briefings for members of delegations and other government officials at the United Nations in New York, and later in Geneva. The overall objective of the briefings is to strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
For the second consecutive biennium, the Institute’s total number of beneficiaries has topped the 50,000 benchmark. The 847 events delivered by UNITAR over the 2012-2013 budget cycle (ranging from training and related briefings, courses, seminars and workshops to events reaching out to the public at large, such as conferences, public lectures and side events) produced nearly 44,000 of these beneficiaries, or some 86 per cent. The remaining 14 per cent represented indirect beneficiaries and were produced by events organized by other entities in which UNITAR provided inputs.