20-31 August 2012, Turin, Italy – On 20 August, 39 trainees attended the inaugural session of the 2012 UN Summer Academy. The keynote address was delivered by the eminent Sir Richard Jolly, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project.
Jointly organized by UNITAR, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO-ITC), the 2012 UN Summer Academy covers a period of 2 weeks and provides a unique opportunity for learning and debate among staff of UN agencies, development actors, diplomats, academia, and private and philanthropic actors.
The focus of the 2012 UN Summer Academy is on “A New Global Development Partnership”. The programme expands on themes such as sustainable development, climate change, global governance, poverty, social and gender issues, migration, partnerships for development and the role for the private sector, inequality within and across nations, innovation and new technologies for development, and nations in transition. These subjects are discussed in relation to the Secretary-General's Five Year Action Agenda and the Outcome of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (29 Nov-1 Dec 2011, Busan).
The programme is taught by renowned experts from within and outside the UN system, using a variety of teaching methods, including seminars, interactive lectures, case studies and simulation exercises.
It is intended to offer the UN Summer Academy on an annual basis. For more information, please visit www.unsummeracademy.org or contact the Secretariat at unsummeracademy<at>unssc.org.
Photo 1: Sir Richard Jolly, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project
Photo 2: UN Summer Academy participants and lecturers