18 August, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland– UNITAR and the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver regional training for finance sector officials from WAIFEM member countries (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and West Africa in general with a view to develop competencies in the fields of macroeconomic, debt and financial sector management.
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.
On 26 June, in UNDP Hank Shannon room, UNITAR NYO convened a unique seminar on addressing multilateral peace and security issues through a lens of inclusiveness. In view of current critical challenges, the discussion specifically focused on strategies and realities for an inclusive Iraq. This seminar served several purposes: to learn more about current and compelling challenges in regional and multilateral security; to discuss the notion of inclusiveness as policy goal; and, to discern the possibilities for starting an interdisciplinary research link with academia.
UNITAR NYO and WTO hold three day training course focusing on the future of multilateral trade, in the wake of the collapse of the Bali Agreement. Despite the Bali setback, diplomats from Permanent Missions to the United Nations attended the three day seminar to discuss the relevance of and the advances made by the international trading system. Over these three days, experts from WTO, WIPO, UNCTAD, UNDP, UN-DESA, ILO and the academic sector engaged extensively with participants on various issues within international trade.
UNITAR is delighted to support the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) VIII and provide the critical space to discuss innovative approaches that enhance resilience to disasters, ensuring competitiveness in the long term. Every year, the ACF brings together over 1,000 leaders from the 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere.
A free-of-charge online tutorial on the process leading to the Third World Conference on DRR will help countries design and adopt the new Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 in Sendai (Japan) The tutorial is structured in 4 modules, covering the following topics:
1. DRR Essentials;
2. Past agreements and the Hyogo Framework for Action;
3. DRR, development and climate change;
4. How to prepare your delegation to the World Conference.
The overall goal of this initiative is to support the process leading to the World Conference in Sendai and facilitate the adoption of the new DRR framework for action.