The CIFAL Global Network
is UNITAR's network of International Training Centres, dedicated to
provide innovative training to strengthen the capacities of government
officials and leaders to advance sustainable development. Our CIFAL
centers are jointly managed with 10 partner institutions and deliver
some 70 training activities every year.
A message from our Partners
Disaster risk reduction is about understanding the risks from
earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes- just to mention a few. Also, that
climate change is exacerbating the intensity of hazards such as floods
and droughts, and that we shall strive for finding ways to reduce these
risks and include climate change adaptation strategies into our agenda. A
key element of our approach to international development is that we
want to share Scotland's technical expertise and knowledge globally
where we can—for example, in areas such as climate change adaptation,
renewable energy and education. We are delighted to fund CIFAL's work in
Bangladesh and the work and contribution of CIFAL Scotland as a hub for
knowledge exchange on these key areas.
Minister for External Affairs and International Development
Identifying threatening situations, reducing vulnerability and building
citizens' capacity to overcome potentially destructive events, and
planning smart infrastructure projects are key elements for enhancing
resilience to disasters. The private sector has a unique role
to play in disaster preparedness and response. Sharing best practices,
planning together and developing cross stakeholder-collaboration are
key to successfully responding to and recovering from disasters.
Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
AT&T – International External Affairs
Editorial: Resilient Cities
Between 2000 and 2012 disasters affected
2.9 billion and killed 1.2 million people, generating costs of 1.7
trillion USD (UNISDR). These figures highlight the importance of taking
action to reduce the risks of disasters and to create resilient
societies. To effectively implement risk reduction policies, every level
of government and part of society must be involved. The role of local
stakeholders has been recognized as crucial, especially in the context
of increased urbanisation.
With the growth of urban populations, cities face a higher pressure on
land and services. There are an increasing number of urban settlements
in coastal lowlands, along unstable slopes and in areas that are more
prone to hazards. In the past years, the world has seen numerous
examples of how disasters greatly affect cities, which are home to large
numbers of people, as well as engines of a country's economic growth.
It is in this context that local governments must act, to build
resilient cities, and to advance sustainable urbanisation.
Given that in the near future most of the world's population will live
in cities, local governments play a key role in building sustainable and
resilient cities, thus ensuring the well-being of their citizens.
According to the three dimensions of sustainable development,
sustainable cities are economically competitive, socially inclusive and
environmentally sustainable. Local government authorities face the
responsibility of promoting economic development in an environmentally
sustainable way, and securing human security in an age of increasing
vulnerability to disasters and climate change.
Furthermore, the way a city plans and prepares for the future will
impact its prospects for sustainable development. Sustainable and
resilient cities should be able to anticipate and mitigate the impact of
disasters, as well as respond, implement recovery strategies and
quickly restore basic services.
An essential component for local governments to advance sustainable
urbanisation lays in strengthening their capacities to do so.
Acknowledging this challenge, UNITAR through its Decentralized
Cooperation Programme and the CIFAL Global Network provides training to
build capacities and enhance knowledge, facilitating tools for local
governments and other local leaders to create resilient cities, as part
of the overall strategy of achieving sustainable development.
Strengthening Policies Against Corruption in Brazil
2013, the Brazilian Federal Government passed a Federal Law which holds
companies accountable for corruption. With the objectives of providing a
platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices on anticorruption
policies and business compliance models, CIFAL Curitiba and the
Federation of Industries of the State of Parana, Brazil hosted the
workshop "Risk Management and Compliance Methods in the framework of the
Brazilian Anticorruption Law" in Curitiba on 15 April 2014.
Promoting a Dialogue on How to Enhance Resilience to Disasters in Cities from Latin America and the Caribbean
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's
Decentralized Cooperation Programme hosted a training session aimed 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.
Briefing Local Governments on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Decentralized Cooperation Programme with the support of the
Municipality of Quito delivered a briefing session to raise awareness
and inform local audiences about the intergovernmental process to
formulate the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The briefing included an
overview of the process, the current state of the debate and the
proposals in some areas that are key to local actors such as water and
CIFAL Shanghai Becomes the Official Professional Certification Body in China for Requirements Engineering
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the objective of advancing practical knowledge and learning in
Requirements Engineering, CIFAL Shanghai is offering a series of
"Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering" (CPRE) workshops.
Requirements engineering as first step in system development has
significant impact on any project's success. The introduction of CPRE in
China will certainly bring a revolution in industrial circles.
Advancing Hurricane Preparedness in Latin America
the objective of enhancing the capacities of cities and airports to
better manage disasters and minimize the impact of hurricanes, CIFAL
Merida hosted the ninth edition of the "International Seminar on
Disaster Preparedness and Management" on 19-21 March, 2014 in Merida,
Mexico. The seminar facilitated brought together airport authorities
from Latin American most vulnerable cities due to its proximity to the
Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.
Enhancing a Victim-centered Approach: Identification, Assistance, and Protection of Trafficking Victims in Asia-Pacific
Jeju in partnership with the Regional Support Office of the Bali
Process (RSO) gathered government officials from 11 Asia-Pacific
countries in a dynamic workshop from 17-24 March in Jeju, Republic of
South Korea. The workshop aimed to identify key challenges and best
practices to prevent human trafficking, as well as to discuss policy
measures for enhancing human security at the local level.