UNITAR and Al Sharq Forum sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote peacebuilding, conflict transformation, human rights promotion and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region and globally. 

Al Sharq Forum

July 1st 2021, Geneva, Switzerland - On 17 June 2021 the Division for Peace of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Al Sharq Forum (ASF) with the aim of strengthening targeted learning and capacity building offers in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, human rights promotion and gender equality. Al Sharq Forum's capacity-building platforms and its access to local grass-root networks, combined with UNITAR’s wide expertise and experiences of providing innovative learning solutions, will undoubtedly better prepare changemakers across the globe to help their communities on their path to lasting peace and sustainable development.

An autonomous UN body established in 1963, UNITAR is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education and training of public policy officials.

At the present stage, the Al Sharq Forum is in discussions with the UNITAR's Division for Peace to develop rich and sustainable interventions between the UNITAR Youth and Women Empowerment team and the Al Sharq Youth pillar, as well as the UNITAR Online Learning and Education team and Al Sharq Academia pillar, respectively.

In the first track of the partnership, Al Sharq Youth (ASY) and UNITAR are working hand in hand to reinforce the learning environment and reach of the Al Sharq International Fellowship Program. The synergetic experiences of UNITAR and ASY bring together organizational knowledge assets, access to local networks, and track-records of successful delivery of projects and programmes to consolidate the desired learning outcomes and to contribute to the overall strategic development of this intercontinental programme. Over the next two years, UNITAR and ASY will curate and design the programme content with the overall goal of bringing forth the next generation of globally oriented and locally committed ethical leaders in the Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe with the complex problem skills, systems thinking and ability to lead that are necessary to support these agents of change.

UNITAR and Al Sharq Academia are also exploring the idea of developing a higher education programme focusing on the causes and dynamics of social conflicts in the MENA region and in fostering constructive ways to create peace. This programme will depart from the societal structures and the political contexts of the MENA region to advance knowledge and key practical skills for developing effective conflict resolution strategies.

In a constant search for excellence in action and innovation, Al Sharq Forum is honoured to welcome UNITAR as an official partner of the Organisation. We are looking forward to a long-lasting, strategic and a fruitful collaboration.

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