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UNITAR e-Newsletter Summer 2011


Special issue on Innovation

innovationHere at UNITAR, being "innovative" is encouraged in everything we do. Some of the examples include:

New pilot projects on nanotechnologies implemented by the Chemical and Waste Management Programme (CWM), new learning and training wiki is now available from the Knowledge Systems and Innovation Unit (KSI), and HumaNav, a new integrated fleet tracking and navigation system from the Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT).

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We are happy to send you the Summer Newsletter of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)! In this issue, you will read articles about our innovative projects and much more.

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Nanotechnologies, an exciting new field, but what are the benefits and risks?


"Nanotechnology/Manufactured Nanomaterials" is an exciting new field that promises a broad array of benefits to humans and our environment. However, with these clear benefits come potential risks to the environment and human health - risks that, to-date, are not fully known.

The Chemicals and Waste Management Programme (CWM) is embarking with its partner OECD to raise awareness in countries about this new topic - including what the implications for developing and transition countries will be as nano-based or nano-containing products are traded across borders, into jurisdictions where there is little or no capacity to address them.

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New Partnerships

partnersIn partnership with the city of Antwerp, Belgium, a new UNITAR-affiliated centre, the Antwerp International Training Centre for Corporate Opportunities (ITCCO), opens to promote the Global Compact principles and advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Google, World Bank and UNOSAT confirm their engagement in pursuing the collaborative effort to map important locations in South Sudan.


speakerClick4it, a UNITAR learning & training wiki was launched in July on the UNITAR website. It provides a knowledge base of terms, definitions, tools and methods, training techniques and guidelines.

UNITAR and FAO are pleased to announce the course on Innovative Collaboration for Development (ICfD), an e-Learning course on social media tools.

Registering for UNITAR courses and events is easier than ever! Credit cards are now accepted in the Online Catalogue.

ECOSOC acknowledges Progress and Growth at UNITAR

The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations adopted in June 2011 a resolution acknowledging the growth in beneficiary outreach.

EDThe resolution followed the presentation of the report of the Secretary-General by the UNITAR Executive Director, Mr. Carlos Lopes.

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HumaNav, the latest technology in Fleet Management

UNOSAT is pleased to announce that UNHCR has requested its support to equip its fleet with the HumaNav solution.

HumaNavBased on GPS technology, HumaNav is improving in real-time the safety, security and effectiveness of humanitarian transport missions by providing tracking, navigation and data capture for vehicle fleets of operational agencies.

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Open Dojô Programme – Creating a network of social innovators

Implemented by UNITAR and OpenLab, the Open Dojô is an innovative leadership program designed for youth and young future entrepreneur leaders.


DoJo is a Japanese term referring to a training or gathering place for students to progress by experimenting new ways of thinking, perceiving and working.

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Innovation honoured at the Americas Competitiveness Forum 2011

The Americas Award is a joint initiative of CIFAL Atlanta and UNITAR to honour outstanding government officials who have implemented innovative programmes towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.


The Americas Award is presented in the framework of The Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), which is a unique event where representatives from countries throughout the region participate in a continental dialogue on competitiveness.

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Online Catalogue and Virtual Learning Environment

at-mark UNITAR offers more than 360 events per year. Check out our e-Learning courses and other UNITAR events in our Online Catalogue.

Or consult the UNITAR Virtual Learning Environment and find e-Learning courses that best address your needs.

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