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Leba Gaunavinaka, UNOSAT’s in-country expert in Fiji : chronicle of UNOSAT’s representative in COP28
8 February 2024
8 February 2024, Geneva, Switzerland - Meet Leba Gaunavinaka, a dedicated advocate for environment preservation, whose entire career has been a testament to her commitment. Serving as UNOSAT's embedded technical expert within the Government of Fiji's climate change adaptation team, Leba has greatly contributed to shaping climate discussions. Her skills and unique perspective, derived from hands-on experience in the field, provide invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by the Pacific Islands. As we delve into her experiences at COP28, discover the story of a passionate individual actively contributing to the global effort for climate resilience and adaptation.
11 January 2024
January 2024 - In a collaborative endeavour spanning from December 2020 to February 2023, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) joined forces with the Directorate-General for Growth within the Ministry of Finance in Cyprus and the DG Reform of the European Commission to execute a project generously funded by the European Commission, aptly titled "Implementation and Mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the National Policy Framework" in Cyprus.
10 January 2024
On the 20th of December 2022, UNITAR launched its latest initiative, the "Data analysis to inform SDG formulation and evaluation" programme. Tailored for public officials overseeing planning and evaluation, researchers seeking to delve into public policy evaluation, evaluators aiming to enhance their quantitative skills, and professionals requiring strengthened statistical and causal inference abilities, the programme stands as a comprehensive online training opportunity.
Participation to Partnership: Recognising the Significance of Cooperation and Collaboration for Robust Capacity Development
1 November 2023
November 2023, Port Vila, Vanuatu – The United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) joined hands with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to extend the delivery of technical training in geospatial information technology at the subnational level in Vanuatu. These trainings had been designed for the PWD engineers, specifically focusing on the use of GIT and road network digitisation in Vanuatu. The first training for Shefa was conducted in May 2023, followed by the trainings in Torba and Sanma in August. Trainings in Tafea and Penama provinces were completed in September and October 2023, respectively.
26 October 2023
26 October 2023, New York, USA - UNITAR and Columbia Law School conducted the first session for the Fall series titled “Ask for More: Master Diplomatic Advocacy Through Asking the Right Questions”. Mr. Marco Suazo, head of UNITAR New York Office, started by welcoming our in-person and virtual audience and then introduced Professor Alexandra Carter, Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School, and the Columbia Mediation Clinic team. Mastering diplomatic advocacy through asking the right questions is a vital skill in the realm of effective communication. The foundation of thriving relationships, whether they are personal or professional, relies on the finesse of inquiry. Questions, as the bedrock of this skill, can be a formidable instrument, serving to enhance comprehension, collect valuable insights, and nurture profound bonds. Nevertheless, the distinction lies in the art of selecting the most fitting questions, as this ability is paramount for achieving successful communication and fostering harmonious connections
7 September 2023
7 September 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR and SmarterChains, an online Industry 4.0 transformation platform, are pleased to announce their partnership to establish an online learning platform for Industry 4.0.
29 July 2023
26 – 29 June 2023, Beirut, Lebanon – UNITAR’s Division for Multilateral Diplomacy implemented a highly successful workshop on Stakeholder Engagement in collaboration with Lebanese National Energy (LNE) and under the patronage and presence of H.E. Dr Hector Hajjar, Minister of Social Affairs (MoSA) of Lebanon.
27 June 2023
27 June 2023, Beijing, China - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and The International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
14 June 2023
26 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - Halfway down the road, we still have a long way to go to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. On some goals, we fell behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic which taught us one important thing: actions and policies cannot be developed in silos. While a wildlife issue can have effects on public health, measures in this area may in turn affect economy, access to education and other health services and contribute to gender-based violence. They can also have short-term and longer term effects on environment – and all this with complex effects across countries, reigons and time. Anticipating and understanding the effects of actions across different policy areas and georgraphies has been a challenge for all: be it a policy-maker, businessperson, care-provider, scientist, civil society advocate or just as an individual. The COVID-19 response has been a glaring demonstration of how important it is for all stakeholders to fully embrace the eight core cross-cutting SDG or sustainability competencies defined by UNESCO - systems-thinking, anticipatory, normative, strategic, critical thinking, self-awareness, collaboration, and integrated problem-solving as an overarching competency.
14 June 2023
26 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - As we navigate the complex challenges of the 21st century, the role of young people in driving positive change has become increasingly vital. Empowered by their creativity, energy, and determination, youth worldwide spearhead innovative initiatives that advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this article, we will explore the inspiring ways that young people are engaging with the SDGs through a creative project that is shifting communities worldwide.