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South Sudan, the world's newest nation, is faced with an array of challenging issues which are undermining sustainable development and recovery. In this context, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office launched a training programme to support South Sudan in promoting indigenous capacity development.
Talented and motivated professionals in developing countries and conflict regions have difficulty accessing the social capital and other means needed to effectively make change happen. Through the PeaceFunder programme, UNITAR proposes crowdfunding as a new tool to allow actual and potential changemakers from all over the world to specialize in their area by gaining a relevant advanced university degree.
The objective of the Social Entrepreneurship Support for Food Security (SES4Food) programme is to contribute to ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture (SDG Goal 2) by creating flourishing ecosystems for social entrepreneurs working on food production (SDG Goal 8). More specifically, by connecting social entrepreneurs, support organisations, market actors and private sector investors (including diaspora) and by empowering these actors to work together effectively, the project contributes to the establishment of sustainable food production systems (SDG 12) which in turn will ensure access by all people, in particular people in vulnerable situations, to nutritious food.
The superhero’s journey is a transformational learning tool, structured in 30 learning sessions with the overall aim to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable youth in marginalized communities to act as agents of positive change.
The superhero’s journey is a transformational learning tool, structured in 30 learning sessions with the overall aim to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable youth in marginalized communities to act as agents of positive change.
The impact of stress and trauma symptoms along with increasing levels of burnout take a substantial toll on the cost and effectiveness of work done in conflict and post-conflict environments. Many field workers have spoken out about the contrast between the care they are meant to provide, and the lack of support available for their own ordeals. This gap between effort and reward, expectations and commitment ultimately leads to dysfunctional communication, low morale, high staff turnover and billions of dollars wasted every year.
Upon a specific request from the African Union Commission (Peace and Security Department), the Women Empowerment Pillar of the UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP) has developed a comprehensive project aiming to enhance the capacities of African women from a variety of backgrounds to effectively take part in mediation and conflict prevention efforts across the African continent.
The topic of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) is a cross-cutting priority across the programming of UNITAR, following a growing commitment to leaving no one behind in its efforts to build sustainable and inclusive peace in conflict and post-conflict environments.
In light of the SDG 16, UNITAR, through the Pillar “Conflict and Post-Conflict Reintegration & Social Inclusion”, is carrying out initiatives aimed at creating peaceful, just and inclusive societies in which everyone is safe from violence, poverty and enjoys equal opportunities. Especially in conflict and post-conflict situations, when human rights are systematically violated, and the rule of law is weak, there is the need to recreate the social thread, avoiding violence through peaceful resolution of conflicts and reconciling those that before were fighting each other. UNITAR’s work is committed to support stakeholders strengthening their capacities to achieve this goal.
Peacekeeping is one of the many tools employed by the United Nations and other international and regional organisations to help address diverse threats to international peace and security. Since its inception, peacekeeping has contributed to preventing and managing violent intra- and interstate conflicts and supporting national actors in protecting and rebuilding peace after conflict. Peacekeeping operations range from large military deployments to small observer forces, from complex integrated missions to specialized police, rule of law and other civilian operations.