September 3, Geneva, Switzerland

UNITAR and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching their new cooperation for training and capacity development on local development and decentralization topics. The MoU foments a collaborative framework for activities, projects and programmes to be jointly developed for strengthened capacity development for local authorities and practitioners. 

According to UN General Assembly (modified in 1974), UNCDF’s mandate is to first and foremost assist the least developing countries in the development of their economics by working directly with the private sectors, civil societies and local governments throughout the least development countries; while UNITAR’s mission is to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to increase the capacity of our beneficiaries across local and global levels. 
Through this new MoU, UNITAR and UNCDF agree to jointly build cooperation at the local level, based on their respective mandates, missions, expertise, networks and strategic work programmes. The two institutions will then work together to develop learning and training platforms to conduct a variety of capacity development and training activities for local authorities, civil societies and private sectors with a focus on UNCDF’s operations for Least Developed Countries.  
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