The CIFAL Global Network Welcomes CIFAL Centres in Ecuador, El Salvador and South Africa

CIFAL Global Network

The CIFAL Global Network continues to expand and is now composed of 14 International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFALs) around the globe. As we entered 2015, two new centres had been inaugurated -CIFAL Quito and CIFAL El Salvador- and one centre had been re-launched –CIFAL Durban-, expanding the work of the Network in the Latin American and African regions.

CIFAL El SalvadorIn January 2015, the Vice President of the Republic of El Salvador His Excellency Mr. Oscar Ortiz and Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Senior Fellow of UNITAR launched CIFAL El Salvador. The Centre represents a beacon for collaboration between a Head of Government and UNITAR to provide training to government officials and leaders from Central and Latin America in key areas such as disaster risk reduction, competitiveness, leadership and the Post-2015 development agenda.

CIFAL Quito was inaugurated in November 2014 by the Prefect of the Decentralized Government of the Province of Pichincha (GADPP) Mr. Gustavo Baroja and Ambassador Luis Gallegos, in the framework of UNITAR’s workshop “Resilience and the Hyogo Framework for Action”. The Centre will provide training opportunities to government officials and leaders from Ecuador and Latin America’s Andean Region.

The Centre is hosted by the GADPP with the support of local partners such as CONGOPE (the National Association of Decentralized Governments of Ecuador). CIFAL Quito will specialize in three areas: Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction; Migration and Development; and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Americas.

Towards the end of 2014, the Councilmember of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Ms. Joyce Primrose and the Executive Director of UNITAR Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles signed a partnership agreement with the objective of re-establishing CIFAL Durban. The Centre will provide training in the South African region in the areas of urban planning and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and green economy.  

The CIFAL Global Network is dedicated to provide training to strengthen the capacities of government officials and leaders to advance sustainable development. In 2014, the network reached 8,067 beneficiaries, increasing from 6,728 in 2013. Every year, the Network delivers more than 60 training activities throughout the world. 

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