The Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) of UNITAR delivers innovative training aimed at strengthening the capacity of government authorities and civil society leaders to contribute towards the advancement of sustainable development. DCP’s training programmes serve as a platform to exchange knowledge and facilitate cooperation among decision-makers from different levels of government, civil society and the private sector. Read more about who we are.

DCP’s training covers a variety of sustainable development topics and is delivered in different forms, including face-to-face events, e-learning courses, advanced education programmes and blended-learning activities. Read more about what we do.


DCP's Outreach

DCP has a worldwide presence through its headquarters in Geneva, field office in Port Harcourt, ITCCO centre in Antwerp and global network of 10 CIFAL centres in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.  

In Focus

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. Read More

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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. 

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10 July 2014, Abidjan, Ivory Coast – In the current context of global crisis, local authorities have an important role to play in the search for common responses to deal with major challenges of sustainable development. CIFAL Ouagadougou organized a seminar on "The implementation of a common and effective strategy to strengthen the capacity of local communities in order to maximize the impact of training sessions in the field" which took place on June 12-13. 

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10 July 2014, Curitiba, Brazil – The promotion of culture, creativity, tourism and education can attract investment and provide a favorable environment for retaining talent. Cities have an important role to play in building a “Creative Economy” that contributes to socio-economic development. UNITAR’s training Centre in Brazil together with the Municipal Foundation of Culture of Campo Mourao hosted the Municipal Forum of Culture aiming to promote the community's cultural activities. Read More

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02 July 2014, Istanbul, Turkey – Reaching an important milestone, Afghan officials have concluded the first module of the Executive Master’s Degree programme. The Executive Master’s Degree programme in Development Policies and Practices (DPP) is a joint collaboration between UNITAR and the Graduate Institute of Geneva. The customized degree programme, specially created for Afghan government officials is now in its second edition following a successful pilot in 2013. Read More

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