27 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland – In the framework of the fifth International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) held in Davos from 24-28 August 2014, UNITAR hosted a special session on “Enhancing Urban Resilience”. The fifth IDRC, organized by the Global Risk Forum, gathered hundreds of DRR practitioners from public and private entities ranging from academia, to governments, international agencies and insurance companies.
20 August 2014, Almaty, Kazakhstan - A second group of Afghan officials from the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs are currently attending the first module of the joint UNITAR-Graduate Institute Executive Master’s Degree in Development Policies and Practices (DPP), which started on July 28. Classes are taking place in Almaty at KIMEP University, a prestigious academic partner in this initiative.
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.
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.
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.