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2014 Achievements and Outlook for 2015

We started the year 2014 with a new Strategic Plan covering 2014 through 2017, in which new sets of Vision, Mission and Core Functions are defined. All of them are specified in our new website, which was also launched in 2014.

With the new Strategic Plan, our activities are more clearly defined in 5 thematic areas: Strengthen Multilateralism, Promote Economic Development and Social Inclusion, Advance Environmental Sustainability and Green Development, Promote Sustainable Peace and Improve Resilience and Humanitarian Assistance.

We ended a very busy year, in which we organized close to 480 training and learning activities benefiting more than 35,000 participants.  All of these activities are carried out by people you see in the picture above, with the support of our donors and our partners.

Here are a few examples of our key achievements in 2014 and outlook for 2015.

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UNITAR Report on Damage to Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria calls for Scaled up Protection Efforts

UNITAR highlighted a new and comprehensive report by its UNOSAT programme that has revealed large scale destruction and damage to cultural heritage sites in Syria, including UNESCO World Heritage Properties. The study, carried out by experts on Syria cultural heritage and UNOSAT satellite image analysts, reviewed 18 different areas inside which a total of 290 locations were found to be directly affected by the ongoing conflict.


Green Economy

Global Green Economy e-Learning Advances Action on the Ground

Since 2012 the e-learning course on "Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications" is strengthening the capacities national actors to act on the green economy. This UNITAR facilitated e-learning course is delivered within the framework of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a joint initiative by UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNDP and UNITAR which aims to provide comprehensive assistance to countries seeking to develop and implement inclusive green economy strategies.



10,000 Registrations on UN CC:Learn e-Learning Platform in a Year!

The UN CC:Learn e-Learning Platform is designed to provide free quality e-learning resources on climate change, building on the expertise of relevant UN partners. In a year, the platform has gathered 10,000 registrations from all 195 Countries Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The French and Spanish versions of the course will be launched soon!


DRR training

Strengthening the Capacities of Local Governments to Enhance Resilience and Reduce Disaster Risk

Throughout 2014 and earlier this year, UNITAR, through its Decentralized Cooperation Programme, offered a series of training activities to strengthen the capacities of local governments to enhance resilience and reduce disaster risk.


post-2015 briefing

Training in Multilateral Diplomacy: Achievements and Outlook

Since the time when UNITAR started its operation in 1965, it has been providing Core Diplomatic Training for diplomats and officials based in United Nations Headquarters and Offices as well as host cities of United Nations regional commissions. In 2014, UNITAR conducted 14 activities that specifically targeted diplomats, reaching a total of 420 beneficiaries.



Trade, Investment and Environment

Trade, Investment and Environment: Framing Sustainable Development in International Economic Law

The goal of the course is to provide relevant professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of how to effectively integrate sustainable development objectives into international economic agreements and other legal instruments


The CIFAL Global Network welcomes CIFAL Centres in Ecuador, El Salvador and South Africa

The CIFAL Global Network continues to expand, with new additions in Ecuador and El Salvador, and re-launch of the centre in South Africa. The Network is now composed of 14 International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFALs) around the globe.


Watch Testimonial Video on Innovative Collaboration for Development Course

UNITAR, in partnership with FAO, the Information Management Resource Kit (IMark) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) have developed an e-learning course on Web 2.0 tools for development, Innovative Collaboration for Development (ICfD).

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New Partnerships

BADEA and UNITAR partnership

BADEA and UNITAR Partnership Continues to Grow

Building on the successful partnership between UNITAR and the Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA), the heads of both institutions agreed to strengthen its joint training programme by addressing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Microcredit over the next two years.


MEFMI and UNITAR partnership

MEFMI and UNITAR to Strengthen Access to Online Training in Africa

The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) signed an agreement with UNITAR last January to strengthen the delivery of capacity building through e-learning primarily for finance officials in Eastern and Southern Africa. The partnership will focus on building and strengthening the capacity of officials from MEFMI-member countries in macroeconomic, financial sector and debt management.


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