20 August 2014, Caux, Montreux, Switzerland – From 10-13 August UNITAR took part in the first International Peacebuilders’ Forum in Caux. The Forum, organised by CAUX Initiatives of Change (CAUX-IofC), was organized to offer to peacebuilding organizations and practitioners the opportunity to meet, connect and interact with actors in the peace-building field, participate in group discussions, attend presentations, panel discussions and workshops, and visit the stands of peacebuilding organisations.
20 August 2014, Almaty, Kazakhstan - A second group of Afghan officials from the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs are currently attending the first module of the joint UNITAR-Graduate Institute Executive Master’s Degree in Development Policies and Practices (DPP), which started on July 28. Classes are taking place in Almaty at KIMEP University, a prestigious academic partner in this initiative.
18 August, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland– UNITAR and the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver regional training for finance sector officials from WAIFEM member countries (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and West Africa in general with a view to develop competencies in the fields of macroeconomic, debt and financial sector management.
15 August 2014, Shanghai, China – UNITAR’s training centre CIFAL Shanghai hosted the Smart City Public Lecture IX “The Pivotal Role of Internet in the Development of Smart City” on 30 July at Shanghai Science Hall. This one-day event convened 69 participants from the government, private sector, public institutions, and academia.
14 August 2014, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – The presidents of the National Associations of Local Authorities (ANPL in French) of francophone African countries met to identify challenges and priority areas for training of local authorities in the region. The meeting was hosted by UNITAR’s training centre for francophone Africa -CIFAL Ouagadougou- on 11 July 2014.
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.
A free-of-charge online tutorial on the process leading to the Third World Conference on DRR will help countries design and adopt the new Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 in Sendai (Japan) The tutorial is structured in 4 modules, covering the following topics:
1. DRR Essentials;
2. Past agreements and the Hyogo Framework for Action;
3. DRR, development and climate change;
4. How to prepare your delegation to the World Conference.
The overall goal of this initiative is to support the process leading to the World Conference in Sendai and facilitate the adoption of the new DRR framework for action.