Afghan civil servants strengthen skills on small and medium enterprise development
UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 20 representatives of the civil service of Afghanistan on small and medium enterprise (SME) development in a workshop which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between 30 November and 5 December. The workshop brought together senior government officials from Kabul, including two Vice-Ministers, and their counterparts from several provinces, which allowed for in-depth discussion covering a range of issues from policy to implementation.
The workshop was developed in collaboration with the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute, UNDP Afghanistan, Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan, and ProFound. The objectives of the workshop included strengthening an understanding of:
- SME entrepreneurship and leadership
- SME development in the Afghan context
- SME development in a rural context
- Tools and services that are available to support and develop SME entrepreneurship and business in Afghanistan
- Stakeholder identification and integration
- Effective management of change
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UNITAR Series: The Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites
Theme: World Heritage Nominations - Justification For The Inscription of Cultural Landscapes
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
The 2014 Workshop examines in detail the expectations and requirements needed to effectively define potential Outstanding Universal Value, as one of the fundamental parts of preparing World Heritage nominations. While providing an overview of the overall nomination process, the workshop will focus on preparing the section of the nomination related to the justification for inscription, especially in the case of cultural landscapes.
Nominations of cultural landscapes - being the combined works of people and nature - often pose particular challenges as their potential outstanding universal value arises not from their cultural or natural qualities assessed independently but from the inter-relationship between culture and nature. The workshop will therefore examine how to present a clear argument for the justification for inscription of cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List. While there will be an emphasis on cultural landscapes, the overall scope of the workshop also applies to other types of natural and cultural sites.
77th UNITAR Public Session
Post-2014 Afghanistan and the Role of Japan
H.E. Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Japan
Akiko Kawabe, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Afghanistan
Haruyuki Shimada, Japan International Cooperation Agency, South Asia Department
76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session
“Green Legacy Hiroshima: Encounters with Nature, Science, War and Memory”
23 October 2013, Hiroshima, Japan - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in collaboration with ANT-Hiroshima, recently held a Public Session that examined the continued efforts of Green Legacy Hiroshima to spread worldwide seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. The Public Session served as an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning and message of A-bomb survivor trees, and was attended by more than 100 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community.
Green Legacy Hiroshima was established in July 2011. It aims to work with many diverse people and communities – those striving for a world free from nuclear threats, those committed to a greener planet, those hoping to honor and remember victims of wars past and present, or those simply wanting to create peace gardens in their communities. Launched as a volunteer initiative a few months after the catastrophic 2011 Tohoku Region earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and with institutional support by UNITAR and ANT-Hiroshima, Green Legacy Hiroshima has quickly found resonance among a wide range of individuals and institutions in Hiroshima and around the world: seeds or saplings of the A-Bomb survivor trees now grow in about 20 countries.
The Public Session opened with a presentation by Nassrine Azimi, UNITAR Senior Advisor, examining the vision and action of Green Legacy Hiroshima to date, including an outline of some of the countries to which seeds and saplings have successfully been sent. This was followed by Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, Arborist, outlining the specific genus of the survivor trees, and the methods of their propagation. Noted Hiroshima Architect and Atomic-bomb Survivor, Mr. Akio Nishikori then examined Hiroshima’s recovery and the formation of urban beauty.
Professor Masakazu Suzuki, of Tsukuba University, followed with an outline of his research into the trees themselves, in particular the fact that some 80% of survivor trees with a single trunk lean toward the hypocenter. Professor Suzuki proposes that this is due to the fact that cells on the side of the trunk facing the hypocenter were damaged by the bomb’s heat rays and radiation, making the exposed side grow more slowly than the other. A question and answer period concluded the Public Session.