23 May 2024, Hiroshima, Japan – On 27 April 2024, UNITAR signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) at a ceremony held at the 2024 Islamic Development Bank Group Annual Meetings in Riyadh. The memorandum was signed by Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi, Director General of ICBA, and Ms. Chisa Mikami, Head of UNITAR Hiroshima Office, Division for Prosperity.

UNITAR and ICBA agreed to expand collaboration on areas such as gender mainstreaming, capacity development and agripreneurship among youth and women to support sustainable development and food security around the world. The two parties anticipate also working together on COP29 initiatives for youth and women empowerment.

We are excited to partner with UNITAR as this partnership will enable ICBA to share its scientific expertise and know-how with a larger number of stakeholders, particularly youth and women, around the world. ICBA and UNITAR have a shared goal and mission of developing human capital and decision-making capacities and skills in various areas, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable natural resources management, and biodiversity conservation, among others. This partnership will create new opportunities and synergies to cater to more beneficiaries through UNITAR’s extensive network.” - Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi, Director General of ICBA

This auspicious day marks another important milestone for UNITAR as we sign the Memorandum of Understanding with ICBA, an organization with not only high expertise in the field of science but also a common goal of working towards creating a better future through science. We have been conducting numerous training programmes for youth and women empowerment, entrepreneurship and green livelihood and we will now be able to refine our programmes to further contribute to sustainable development and food security around the world. We look forward to creating synergies with ICBA to reach out further and to leave no one behind.” - Ms. Chisa Mikami, Head of Hiroshima Office, UNITAR Division for Prosperity.

UNITAR looks forward to creating prosperous outcomes through this new partnership and supporting people in need around the world.


The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is a unique applied agricultural research centre in the world with a focus on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests, and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity, and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. UNITAR has a global presence, with offices in Geneva, Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services to present and future change-makers from around the world. Through our innovative training and learning opportunities – built on robust adult learning principles – we seek to promote sustainable, inclusive and just economic development and catalyse the creation of decent employment opportunities for all.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity supports youth and women in particular to address growing inequalities. We work in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to propel the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.

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