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UNITAR’s Programme on Health and Development (PHD) aims to become a comprehensive capacity-building initiative supporting health-stakeholders to systematically identify knowledge gaps and develop capacity to enhance the impact of existing health initiatives and programmes. It acknowledges that today, lack of awareness, limited knowledge and inadequate skills are often bottlenecks that must be overcome if we are to solve the world’s multiple global health challenges.
Leadership is critical to good public governance and in helping countries achieve the SDGs. Effective public sector leadership translates into prudent public policy formulation and implementation. It also paves the path towards successful public service delivery, to meet the needs and aspirations of citizens.
The road traffic-related deaths and injuries have unparalleled health and socio-economic implications on the society. A staggering 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads every single year and up to 50 million more are left injured or disabled. Globally, over 500 children under the age of 18 are killed on the road each day. These numbers make road traffic injuries one of the leading causes of death worldwide and the leading cause of death amongst the most economically active citizens – those between the ages of 15 and 29.
With the objective of enhancing the capacities of governments and communities to better respond to disasters and reduce risks, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been working on two fronts, (1) providing advanced technologies and applications to reduce disaster impact by monitoring situations before, during and after disasters, while building resilience; (2) providing training opportunities for government officials in the most vulnerable regions to disasters- Latin American and the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific.
UNITAR's Decentralized Cooperation Programme, in partnership with the Agglomeration of Annemasse and the French Republic, will establish an international platform on public-private partnerships for sustainable development, in Annemasse, in the Greater Geneva area. 
Youth participation in international debates has always been a priority of the United Nations. As the international community participates in the global conversation on a post-2015 development agenda, there has been a consistent effort in engaging young people to discuss the local and global issues of importance to them, while contributing to develop solutions for a world beyond 2015. Youth participation in the most important debate of our time is of outmost importance as it is young people who will see the impact of the 2015 development agenda and will play a key role in its implementation.
The Port Harcourt Project Office (PHPO), a part of the Decentralized Cooperation Programme, was established on 23 March 2006 as a field office in Nigeria. Operating in collaboration with federal, state and local authorities, PHPO implements various training and capacity building activities.
The CIFAL centres provide innovative training throughout the world and serve as hubs for the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, the private sector and civil society.
UNITAR's Social Development Programme provides e-learning opportunities to increase the outreach of its training activities. The online courses, based on sound academic principles, are intended for decision-makers from different government levels and representatives of the private sector, NGOs and international organizations.