4 December 2012, Geneva, Switzerland - The CIFAL Network 9th Annual Steering Committee Meeting, held in conjunction by UNITAR and the Local Development Programme, was hosted from 29 - 30 November 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Opened by UNITAR Executive Director Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles, the two-day meeting provided an open dialogue for the Network to share experiences, develop a 2013 Strategic Plan, craft an agenda for future consolidation and strengthen harmony through communication, coordination and cooperation.
During the first day, a new vision for the CIFAL Network in 2013 and a draft Action Plan were presented by Mr. Alex Mejia, Manager of UNITAR’s Local Development Programme. Each CIFAL centre then showcased their achievements and challenges for the year. CIFALs also took this opportunity to discuss communication and marketing strategies, monitoring and evaluation challenges, as well as the pros and cons of resource mobilization.
On the following day, UNITAR introduced its new Monitoring and Evaluation System (M&E) standards for 2013, followed by a presentation on the benefits of e-Learning and a demonstration of the Moodle e-Learning Platform. Following the presentations, CIFAL Executive Directors in recognition of their contribution to the Network were inducted as UNITAR Associated Fellows by Ms. Fegan-Wyles at a ceremony held inthe Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations, headquarters of the United Nations Office in Geneva. The UNITAR Executive Director personally thanked each member of the Network for their hard work and dedication.
Continuing well into the afternoon, sessions held on the second and final day focused on the 2013 Strategic Plan and a Global Calendar of Training Activities. Closing remarks were given by UNITAR’s Associate Director, Ms. Amal M. Medani who discussed the Sustainable Development Goals as proposed at Rio +20 in the context of local development.
Photo 1: CIFAL Network members and UNITAR colleagues.
Photo 2: UNITAR Executive Director (on the left of the UN flag) with the CIFAL Jeju Director (on the right of the flag). Alex Mejia (far right) and Amal Medani (far left).
Photo 3: UNITAR Executive Director with the Programme Director of CITYNET (on the right of the UN flag).