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Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030

UNITAR’s Training Offers on Disaster Risk Reduction

The year 2015 is an exciting year for the international community, as many global agreements are being discussed that will shape peace and development efforts for the years to come. The first global milestone of this post-2015 era is the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which has been adopted by 187 UN Member States on 18 March in Sendai, Japan. The Framework is the result of a long process of consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, and builds on 10 years of work in implementing its predecessor, the Hyogo Framework for Action.

UNITAR has supported the preparations for the World Conference on DRR in Sendai by developing an online tutorial and is now partnering with specialized UN agencies and other organizations to offer training packages in support of countries and local actors who are called to implement the newly adopted Framework.

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Sendai Framework

A New Agreement to Guide the Next 15 Years of DRR Efforts

The Sendai Framework carries important innovations, in line with the changes that have occurred in the DRR domain since the adoption of the last framework in 2005. UNITAR will support the implementation of the new Framework by offering training on DRR and on the integration of DRR into the new set of goals for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.


Launch Urban Risk Course

UNITAR at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) took place in Sendai, Japan on 14-18 March 2015. UNITAR was involved in WCDRR in various ways, including the co-organizing of three sessions and the co-authorship of two strategic position papers and one special publication. In the framework of the Conference, UNITAR jointly with UNISDR launched the e-Learning course "Urban Risk Reduction".


Disaster Management

Building Capacity to Develop and Implement Resilience Action Plans for Cities

In order to strengthen the capacities of government officials and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience, UNITAR provides training opportunities on how to better manage disasters and to implement the Sendai Framework.


Technology in DRR

The Special Role of Technology in the New DRR Framework

Technology and the ongoing data revolution are going to change the DRR landscape and afford new opportunities for efficiency and better decision making. The evolution of earth observation holds great potential for DRR. In addition to observation technology, the role of geospatial information in assessing and monitoring risk and resilience is bound to grow over time.


Earthquake Nepal

Earthquake Relief and Early Recovery Count on Integrated Geo-Spatial Information

When Nepal was hit by the earthquake on 25 April, UNOSAT's rapid mapping service was requested. Priority areas of interest were identified and UNOSAT began the acquisition of satellite imagery. The results were integrated into a web-map that is made publicly available online. The map allows an overall view of the situation and also lets the user zoom in on specific thematic or geographic areas of interest.




High Level Panel Discussion on Women in Diplomacy

With the support of UN Women, UNDP, UNISDR, WMO and UNFCCC, UNITAR will launch the new Women's Leadership Programme at a High Level Panel discussion on Women in Diplomacy on 26 May. The programme recognizes the commitment of the UN System towards gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Climate Change Course

Course on Climate Change now Available in Spanish

The UN CC:Learn introductory e-Learning course on Climate Change is now available in Spanish. The free course allows to master the basics of climate change and to gain a certificate produced by UNITAR. The English and French versions of the course are still available and open.

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International Master`s Degree in Conflictology

The International Master's Degree in Conflictology presents a unique opportunity for professionals to examine conflicts in all their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches for their management, resolution and transformation, through a network of world-leading academics and experts.



Woman in Diplomacy

Commitment to the Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability

On 8 May, UNITAR officially became a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). On this occasion, UNITAR reported on the development of a new online course on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability.


Training Programme on Taxation

UNITAR-IEFPA International Training Programme on Taxation

UNITAR and the Institute for Studies of Public Finances of Argentina (IEFPA) are conducting the "International Training Programme on Taxation" from June 2015. This programme has been designed to address the training needs of public and private officials that work in the field of public finance, with a special focus on Latin American countries.

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Memorandum of Understanding

African Union and UNITAR Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The African Union Peace and Security Commission (AU Commission) and UNITAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their long and outstanding cooperation to promote peace and security on the continent. The signed MoU also aims to provide a cooperative framework within which the AU and UNITAR may develop and implement joint activities.


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