UNITAR’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing and Orientation Programme

With the process to develop the Post-2015 development agenda approaching critical milestones, UNITAR is organizing a series of interactive technical briefings for members of delegations and other government officials at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. The overall objective of the briefings is to strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This programme was developed in direct consultation with the Office of the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 development planning, which, given the importance and complexity of the Post-2015 process, requested UNITAR to mobilise its competency in the design and delivery of delegates’ orientation and training, drawing on technical resources from 22 UN entities.

The Phase I of the series featured 15 different briefings in New York and 10 briefings in Geneva.



Watch Ms. Amina Mohamed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, talk about the importance of UNITAR’s Post-2015 Delegates’ Orientation in empowering participants and giving them the knowledge they need to lead in this complex process.


UNITAR Post-2015 Briefing Objectives

The objective of this programme is to increase the likelihood that UN member states will agree on an ambitious new development agenda, by ensuring that all delegates have access to the necessary information on the issues and the process.


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Delegate Briefing Results and Testimonials

  • Close to 800 participants, incl. around 600 delegates, took part in one of the above mentioned 26 briefing sessions, with numbers per session ranging from 15 to 170 participants.
  • 80% of participants agreed that their awareness of the process and state of the debate has increased
  • 95% of participants in NY identified themselves as being directly involved in the negotiation or expected to be involved during the official negotiations stage.

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UNITAR Delivers Briefing Sessions for Local Governments on Post-2015

UNITAR’s Decentralized Cooperation Programme, with the support of the Municipality of Quito and the University San Francisco de Quito, delivered in the beginning of April, a briefing session on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The session, held in Quito, aimed at raising awareness and informing local audiences on the intergovernmental process to formulate the new development agenda, the stakeholders involved and the state of the debate in some areas that are key to local actors.




UNITAR launches updated International Humanitarian Law Course

As part of its mandate of capacity-building and considering the urgent need of training on the humanitarian field UNITAR aims to provide participants with an advanced knowledge of IHL and to offer an innovative analysis of the legal uncertainties surrounding new-age military capabilities namely drones and other weaponry systems.


UNITAR on-line training helps experts build the new global risk reduction strategy

A new UNITAR on-line tutorial is helping delegates and experts engaged in the international preparatory process navigate through hundreds of documents and meeting summaries and understand the essentials of the preparatory process and the basic elements of DRR.


New UN:CCLearn Programme launches tool on good learning practices related to climate change

The UN CC:Learn programme has launched a new and dynamic platform to showcase good learning practices in the area of climate change. The platform aims to inspire climate change education and training activities around the world, and to identify concrete recommendations for effective learning action.


New Partnerships



UNITAR and the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver regional training for finance sector officials from WAIFEM member countries (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and West Africa in general with a view to develop competencies in the fields of macroeconomic, debt and financial sector management.


UNITAR/UNOSAT and The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

UNOSAT and The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have started a collaboration on technology applications that aims to develop and deploy a next-generation high resolution, multi-band hyperspectral imaging system onboard the International Space Station (ISS).


UNITAR and World Health Organization

UNITAR signed a partnership agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop and deliver an online training in Chinese on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The online training will aim at equipping inspectors with the necessary skills in ensuring that drug manufacturers conform to the established guidelines for current good manufacturing practices in order to ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
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