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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 10 partner institutions and deliver some 70 training activities every year.

August - September 2014

Bhoendradatt Tewarie

A message from our Partners

Our economic transformation demands a new approach to enhancing our competitiveness. Brain power and the creative power of the human imagination are now the drivers of competitive advantage as innovation and talent have become local as well as global assets. It is in this regard, ensuring our sustainability rests largely on our ability to imagine greater economic possibilities.

The Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago look forward to welcoming you to Port of Spain in October for the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum which will take place from October 8th – 10th.

Senator Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie
Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development
Trinidad & Tobago

The creative economy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy and accounts for a significant proportion of national revenue and job creation. It is a sector that is transforming our world due to its vast potential for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. At the same time it creates jobs, it contributes to the overall well-being of communities and enhances the lives and livelihoods at the local level.

At CIFAL Curitiba we strive to promote the development of creative industries by facilitating high level and international dialogues that serve as a space to exchange knowledge and experiences, and to foster innovation.

Mr. Edson Luiz Campagnolo
President, Federation of Industries of the State of Parana, FIEP
CIFAL Curitiba, Brazil


Editorial: Fostering Creativity and Innovation


Human creativity and innovation are key assets in the 21st century as they drive our competitive advantage and contribute to the improvement of economic development and growth. More specifically, they are key drivers of creative economies.

Creative economy is based on a new way of thinking and doing things. It is not only one of the most rapidly growing sectors of today's world economy but it is also highly transformative in terms of income-generation and job creation, and a strong driver of development. The world trade of creative goods and services amounted to USD624 billion in 2011, more than doubling since 2002 (UNCTAD, 2013).

With more than half of the world's population living in cities, there is about three-quarters of all economic activity occurring in them. This is largely due to the dense networks of interacting people, markets and activities. Creative economy is thus most commonly located and nurtured in urban settings, generally in large metropolitan areas.

Recognizing the opportunity offered by cities and regions, the CIFAL Global Network provides training and networking opportunities aimed at fostering creativity and innovation to promote creative industries, drive competitiveness and reach development.


Foro Curitiba

Promoting creative industries

CIFAL Curitiba hosted an open forum on Creativity in Industry on 11 August in Londrina, Brazil to discuss how creative activities such as storytelling can generate creative value-added products and services in the territory. The forum convened business owners and entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises to share their experiences on the creation and distribution of products within the territory.

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Enhancing Urban Resilience at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference

In the framework of the fifth International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) held in Davos from 24-28 August 2014, UNITAR's Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) hosted a special session on "Enhancing Urban Resilience". The session aimed at raising awareness on the tools and technologies that can be used at the local level to improve cities' resilience as well as offered an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on urban resilience. The fifth IDRC, organized by the Global Risk Forum, gathered hundreds of DRR practitioners from public and private entities ranging from academia, to governments, international agencies and insurance companies. UNITAR supported the conference as patronage organization, together with UNESCO, UNEP and ILO.

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Smart City

Promoting Smart City Development

CIFAL Shanghai hosted the Smart City Public Lecture IX "The Pivotal Role of Internet in the Development of Smart City" on 30 July at Shanghai Science Hall. This one-day lecture convened 69 participants from the government, private sector, public institutions, and academia. The event was part of a series of 10 Smart City Public Lectures aimed at raising awareness about smart city development. The lectures inform participants about Internet's crucial role in the development of a Smart City, the development trend of Smart City and information security.

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Engaging Youth

Engaging Youth as a Main Actor of Sustainable Development

CIFAL Jeju convened students from the United States, China and Japan for a three-day workshop on "Nature, Culture, and the Youth". The event, held from 12 to 14 August, was part of a series of workshops aimed at engaging youth as a main actor of the future of sustainable development. This particular workshop was designed to spread youth's understanding of their role in protecting nature, and promoting their culture and history to fulfill their dreams.

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mASTER dcp

Strengthening the capacities in development policies

UNITAR's Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) jointly with the Graduate Institute of Geneva is offering the second edition of the 'Executive Master on Development Policies and Practices' for Afghan government officials. The participants recently completed the first module, which took place in Almaty at KIMEP University.

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