30 October 2015, Geneva, Switzerland – The CIFAL Global Network serves government authorities and key actors mainly from local and sub-national levels by providing training on how to tackle issues ranging from climate change and disaster preparedness to rural development, migration, human trafficking and anti-corruption policies, to name a few.
UNITAR’s global network of affiliated training centres is comprised of 15 “International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL)” Centres located across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Australia and Europe, reaching out to some 10,000 beneficiaries annually through more than 100 capacity building activities.
UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNITAR Executive Director Mr. Nikhil Seth convened the XII Meeting of Directors of the CIFAL Global Network during 28-30 October 2015 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to achieve the following key objectives (1) Review the core training areas for the CIFAL Centres in the frameworkf of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, (2) Review CIFAL Centres performance and achievements in 2015, and (3) Develop a harmonized training calendar of activities for 2016.
In the framework of the XII Meeting of Directors of the CIFAL Global Network, UNITAR and the University of Newcastle (UoN) with the support of the City Government of Newcastle in Australia signed a partnership agreement to establish a CIFAL Centre in the city of Newcastle with the aim to provide training to government authorities from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. CIFAL Newcastle will start operations in 2016 focusing in areas related to disaster preparedness and resilience, public-private partnerships, education and innovation.
As we all work towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the CIFAL Centres will play a critical role in communicating the Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and raising awareness of the universality of the agenda, ensuring full understanding and ownership, specially by local governments and stakeholders. At the same time, CIFALs are well placed to assist local authorities by facilitating city-to-city cooperation that lead to the implementation of concrete actions in support of the agenda.
Photo 1: Working session during the XII Meeting of Directors of the CIFAL Global Network
Photo 2: Group photo of the Directors of the CIFAL Global Network, together with Mr. Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNITAR Executive Director; Mr. Alex Mejia, Senior Manager, Decentralized Cooperation Programme, UNITAR; and Ms. Estrella Merlos, CIFAL Global Network, UNITAR.