"A New Global Development Partnership" - the UN Summer Academy to be launched this August
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) have joined forces to offer an executive education programme which will take place on the UN Campus in Turin, Italy from 20 to 31 August 2012.
Its main goal is to provide an executive space for learning and debate around contemporary issues, promoting intellectual and practical knowledge sharing, and fostering a culture of understanding and cross-fertilization among the various development actors, including the UN, the diplomatic corps, donors (traditional and emerging), non-governmental organizations, academia and the private and philanthropic sectors.
The focus of the 2012 Summer Academy Programme is on “A New Global Development Partnership”.
The currents of change are transforming our human and physical geography. Demographic transformation, the emergence of new centres of economic dynamism, accelerating inequality within and across nations, challenges to existing social contrast by a disillusioned citizenry, technological and organisational transformation linking people as never before and the challenges of climate change are all placing the foundations of our world and our global system under exceptional stress. To ensure that our as well as future generations benefit from the opportunities presented by this changing reality and to be able to mitigate increased risks, the global community will need to work together in unprecedented ways.
Acquiring and updating knowledge and skills through formal and informal learning opportunities is key to addressing increasingly complex global challenges. The UN Summer Academy is meant to serve as a critical vehicle in this regard.