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The CIFAL Global Network is UNITAR's network of International Training Centres, dedicated to provide innovative training to strengthen the capacities of government officials and leaders to advance sustainable development. Our CIFAL centers are jointly managed with 14 partner institutions and deliver some 70 training activities every year.

March - April 2015

UNITAR Newsletter

Editorial: Promoting sustainable waste management

As the world continues to urbanize and develop economically, waste production continues to grow, especially in developing countries. The waste generated from various human activities can lead to health hazards and affect the environment in a negative way unless there is a sustainable and holistic waste management system in place. Traditional systems for solid waste disposal and recycling are no longer appropriate.

In order to manage waste in a holistic manner, waste needs to be properly segregated at the source, safely transported to appropriate disposal facilities and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. In addition, waste in all possible forms needs to be addressed by assessing the impacts on the public health and environment. Moreover, dissemination of concepts such as "sustainable consumption and cleaner production," "resource efficiency and circular economy," "3R" and "eco-town" is crucial.

For local authorities, solid waste management represents a major public health and environmental concern. UNITAR's CIFAL Global Network offers training opportunities to build the capacities of local authorities and key decision-makers to manage waste in a holistic and integrated manner. The trainings serve as venues to learn about clean and sustainable strategy and technology options for holistic waste management, exchange best practices and promote city-to-city cooperation.

We invite you to read more about our activities in this newsletter!

 

Highlights

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Building Capacities on Airport Emergency Planning

CIFAL Atlanta, in partnership with Airports Council International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, held a three-day long learning event on Airport Emergency Planning with 27 senior level airport officials from developing countries throughout the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The seminar focused on strategies for airport emergency action planning with a focus on operations training, management training and public safety and security.

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CIFAL Quito

Reflecting on Rural Development

CIFAL Quito, in collaboration with the Decentralized Government of the Province of Pichincha (GADP) and the Consortium of Autonomous Provincial Governments of Ecuador (CONGOPE), hosted the forum on New Rurality: a reflection on rural development on 7-8 April 2015 at FLACSO University in the city of Quito. The event convened 235 authorities, including provincial prefects and mayors, to debate on alternative solutions to the main rural development issues in Ecuador. During two days, participants had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the topic of new rurality recognizing recent changes and trends and highlighting the importance of studying rurality and the territorial visions from a different perspective.

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WACAP OAS

Celebrating the World Water Day in Plock

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It is a day to celebrate water, to make a difference for those who suffer from water related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 2015 the World Water Day's theme is "Water and Sustainable Development". On the occasion of this day, CIFAL Płock in partnership with the State School of Higher Professional Education in Plock organized a seminar focusing on water in the post-2015 framework. The seminar gathered 100 participants, mostly students of the State School of Higher Professional Education.

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CIFAL Shanghai CEO

Training of Trainers in Algeria

CIFAL Maghreb convened thirty-one government officials of the Algerian Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities for a Training of Trainers on 31 March – 1 April 2015 in Algiers. The training session focused on the Post-2015 Development Agenda as well as on the implications of the agenda for local decision-makers in Algeria. While presenting the process towards a new development framework, the session also provided an overview of the MDGs achievements worldwide and in Algeria, in particular. In addition, the session explored how to deliver training on project management for local constituencies. This was the second in a series of training workshops; the first one being delivered in Geneva.

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CIFAL Shanghai CEO

Scottish Launch of the UN International Year of Soils

The United Nations declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, emphasizing the multiple roles of soils and the importance of sustaining them. On 31 March 2015, CIFAL Scotland in partnership with SEPA, SRUC, SNH and The James Hutton Institute hosted the Scottish launch of the UN International Year of Soils. Over 70 delegates including parliamentarians, consular representatives, scientists, and local soil associations joined the discussion which took place at the Scottish Parliament. The event in Scotland marked the beginning of the International Year and provided a platform for showcasing Scotland's active engagement with the sustainable management and protection of soil resources.

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CIFAL Jeju Holistic Waste

Discussing the Challenges of Education in the Americas

UNITAR's DCP joined the discussion with over 500 presidents of the most prestigious universities from the 35 countries in the Americas to present public policies on education in the region, in order to reach educational equity. The inaugural Forum of Rectors of the Americas took place in Panama City in the framework of the Seventh Summit of the Americas hosted by His Excellency Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, on 10 and 11 April 2015. The Forum's objective was to serve as tool to analyze the challenges in education in the region and to bring forward recommendations to the Heads of State and Government at the Summit.

The theme of the Forum was "Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas", providing a venue to discuss key issues such as academic mobility, the role of innovation and technology in enhancing research skills and education in the region; and the importance of research on entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development.

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CIFAL Plocks Mobility

Building Capacities on Holistic Waste Management

CIFAL Jeju convened sixteen central, state and local government officials and NGO workers from eleven different countries from Asia-Pacific for a three-day workshop on "Technologies for Holistic Waste Management." CIFAL Jeju organized the event from 17-19 March 2015 in Osaka, Japan, in collaboration with UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Osaka City Government and Global Environment Centre (GEC).

The event served as a platform to build capacities in holistic waste management technologies including financing technology transfer and to share in-depth knowledge and good practices among participants. The event also provided the space for city-to-city cooperation in formulating and implementing waste management strategies.

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Lenin Moreno

Smart City Development: Internet Finance

CIFAL Shanghai hosted the XIII Smart City Public Lecture "Credit Information System: Realizing the Intelligence of Internet Finance" on 31 March 2015. The objective of the lecture was to make internet finance organizations aware of the concept of credit information, perceive the value and meaning of information sharing, eliminate blind spots of individual information systems, and further extend the coverage area of credit information systems, while maximizing the potential of the intelligence of internet finance. The Shanghai Smart City Public Lecture Series is an integrated science popularization initiative open to the public. Since October 2013, 13 lectures on key topics of smart city development have been successfully delivered.

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Roundtable

Building Capacities of BAME Communities to Develop Climate Resilience

CIFAL Scotland, in partnership with Amina, the Muslim Women's Resource Centre, held a one-day learning event on climate resilience on 16 March in Glasgow. The event was addressed to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community members facing high levels of fuel poverty. It convened women from 14 countries as far as Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Cameroon and Sudan to learn about climate resilience strategies based on four integrated themes: transport, food, recycling and energy.

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Roundtable

Master's in Development Policy for Afghan Government Officials

Seventeen Government officials from the Afghan Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economics and the Office of the President attended a graduation ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance in Kabul, where they were presented with the academic degree certifying their completion of the Master's Degree on Development Policies and Practices (DPP), offered by UNITAR in partnership with the Graduate Institute of Geneva. This ceremony marked the ultimate step in a rigorous, 10-month Executive Master undertaken by Afghan Government officials together with forty other government officials from around the world. After the successful completion of the two first editions of this unique programme, the Afghan Ministry of Finance requested UNITAR to launch the third edition of this Master's Degree, covering the period 2015-2016.

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