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.

Resilience of Local Governments: A multi-sectoral approach to integrate public health and disaster risk management

All communities are at risk of emergencies and di­sasters, including those associated with natural hazards, infectious dis­ease outbreaks, conflicts, technological and other hazards.  Particularly in the context of increased urbanization and climate change, frequency, severity and impact of disasters are crucial. The health, economic, political and societal consequences of these events can be devastating for developed and developing countries. 

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recommend scaling up the implementation of holistic disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and plans, as means to improve resilience to disasters globally (SDG 11.B). 

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and its Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are offering this e-learning course to present the Public Health System Resilience Scorecard for Cities and the Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework as tools to integrate disaster risk management strategies and public health, while following a multi-sectoral approach.

 

Language of the course: English and Spanish

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COVID-19 Preparedness and Response - Good Practices and Precautions when using Breathalyzers

UNITAR

Everyone around the world is experiencing unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with profound health and socio-economic impacts. As of April 2020, over 2 million cases of the virus have been recorded worldwide, and the death toll so far is at least 200,000.

As countries work to contain and the spread of COVID-19, every sector is faced with the need to renew its toolbox. Every country will have to explore and expand in creative ways all possibilities to respond – with the prime objective of protecting the health and well-being of every citizen, leaving no one behind.

This online course developed with the support of Intoximeters Inc., Diageo, and the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Impaired (STOP DWI) of the State of New York, Erie County aims to provide recommendations for proper use and maintenance of breath alcohol testing instruments considering the threat of the COVID-19, which is reported to be a viral disease that is often passed though airborne droplets of fluid from an infected person to another. How to use, clean and disinfect breath alcohol testing instruments becomes crucial.

 

Language of the course: English and Spanish

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High Visibility Enforcement Interventions: Law Enforcement to reduce road traffic crashes related to drivers using alcohol

UNITAR

Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.35 million lives each year with a disproportionate impact on health and development. They are the ninth leading cause of death across all age groups globally and the leading cause among young people aged between 5 and 29 years. 

The adoption of policy and legislation on risk factors associated to traffic crashes- such as speeding, drink-driving, distracted driving, the use of helmets, seatbelts and child restraints, is essential to improve road safety. At the same time, strengthening the individual and institutional capacities of law enforcement officers and public officials to implement innovative interventions that reduce the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol is essential. 

This e-Learning course developed with the support of Diageo aims to serve as a tool for government officials to help them design programmes and interventions that contribute to achieve Global Road Safety Performance Target 9: By 2030, halve the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol.

 

Language of the course: English and Spanish

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Management Practices for Safer Roads

UNITAR

Improvements in infrastructure planning, design and construction, including the provision of safe infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists can reduce the risks that lead to road traffic injuries and fatalities. 

This Toolkit is an interactive e-learning tool that presents a management methodology that can help improve road safety.

 

Language of the toolkit: English

Please click here to register and receive access to the toolkit. 

Youth and Road Safety: Championing Safer Road Users

UNITAR

Road traffic injuries claim 1.35 million lives each year with a disproportionate impact on health and development. 

They are the ninth leading cause of death across all age groups globally and the leading cause among young people aged between 15 and 29 years (WHO 2018).

The e-learning course aims to raise awareness and build capacity among the youth to be safer road user champions. It sheds light on the importance of road safety measures and provides core skill sets and knowledge on safer road behaviours.

It also explores various different ways to help combat road traffic injuries and death.

 

Language of the course: English

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Road Safety: Risks Reduction Techniques

UNITAR

In the 16 modules of the online course you’ll learn how to drive safely by analysing the factors present in road traffic crashes, discover the strategies that help prevent occupational risks and to drive efficiently, improve your safety by learning specific driving techniques, and much more.

Upon completion, you will be presented with a Certificate issued by UNITAR, CIFAL Madrid and RACE Training Academy.

 

Language: English and Spanish

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Youth and the Sustainable Development Goals

UNITAR

The world is home to the largest generation in history of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, 1.8 billion. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they constitute a large proportion of the population (UN Youth Strategy).   

Connected to each other like never before and facing incredible challenges, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. Young people constitute a tremendous and essential asset and play an important and positive role in the realization of sustainable development.

UNITAR and CIFAL Atlanta in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Serve Learn and Sustain Center, and the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) Greater Atlanta are pleased to offer this e-Learning course to educate young individuals in identifying social, economic, and ecological sustainability needs of RCE member communities, as well as to teach them skills for collaborating with diverse stakeholders to create and implement sustainable development action projects. 

 

Language: English

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Resilience Action Planning

UNITAR

Over the past 20 years disasters have affected billions of people, causing trillions of damage and killing millions of people.

These calamities affect people living in developing countries and, in particular, the most vulnerable communities within these countries.

Particularly in the context of increased urbanization, urban risk continues to rise. The vulnerability of cities to disasters is growing especially as poor people settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, the planning and development of cities has given little consideration to the consequences of hazards, such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of this reality is the need for countries to focus on creating a safer world for urban dwellers and developing a series of innovative approaches to build resilience.

This e-learning course aims at strengthening the capacities of government officials - especially those at the local level - and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience.

 

Language of the course: English and Spanish

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Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees

UNITAR

The adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in 2015 represents a renewed commitment in world partnership for tackling persistent challenges faced by humanity, involving developed and developing countries alike.

Therefore, all the objectives and goals of this instrument benefit society as a whole, while seeking to realize Human Rights of all because of their integrated and indivisible nature that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. 

Responding to a growing policy need for a common approach to promoting the socioeconomic inclusion of migrants and refugees that recognizes their contribution to development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have brought together their technical expertise and practical knowledge to collaboratively developed a Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees, published in 2018.

This e-learning course aims at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship to this end because of its nexus to sustainable development.

 

Language: English

For more information regarding this programme, please visit www.migration-learn.org.

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International Migration Law

UNITAR

Strengthened migration governance is recognized as central to ensuring that greater human mobility is beneficial to communities of origin, destination and transit, and in protecting the rights of migrants.

Many conventions exist at the global and regional levels applying to those involved in the migration process, but these instruments are spread across various branches of law: labour, immigration, human rights, refugee, humanitarian, and criminal laws.  This body of law is now commonly referred to as “International Migration Law” (IML). With the emergence of IML over the last decade, this course offers an opportunity to study these instruments from the exclusive perspective of international migration.

The overall objective of this course is to advance a better understanding of International Migration Law by providing a comprehensive overview of the international legal framework, the rights and duties of states and migrants and various aspects of law that impact migrants and the migration process.

 

Language: English

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The Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability

UNITAR

The overall objective of this course is to allow a better understanding of the human rights-based approach to disability and to enable participants to identify gaps between existing policy and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in order to implement it coherently.

 

Language: English and Spanish

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Global Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool

UNITAR

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States endorsed six global nutrition targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and Member States have committed to monitor their progress. The targets are vital for identifying priority areas for action and catalyzing a global response.

WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), in collaboration with the European Commission and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), have developed a 2-hour e-learning course Global Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool.

It is a web-based tracking tool to assist countries set targets and monitor progress. It complements existing tools on nutrition interventions, impact and costing.

 

Language: English

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WHO Nutrition Guideline Development

UNITAR

This e-learning course explores the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline development process and is based on the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development (2nd edition).

The course introduces key groups and stages in the guideline development process, the Cochrane methodology to ensure recommendations are based on the best available evidence and the GRADE approach which ensures proper assessment of the quality of evidence. It also highlights and provides guidance on the inclusion of gender, equity, human rights and social determinants of health considerations.   

On the basis of this, WHO, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), developed the 3-hour e-learning course WHO Nutrition Guideline Development.

 

Language: English

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The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes

UNITAR

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 1981, and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions adopted since then (the “Code”) are an important part of creating an overall environment that enables mothers to make the best possible feeding choice, based on impartial information and free of commercial influences, and to be fully supported in doing so.

This comprehensive e-learning course and resource package has been prepared in order to reach as many people as possible in a cost-effective and sustained manner.  It is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Code, its contents, and ways in which it can be implemented and monitored. It does not, however, provide an in-depth training on development of national Code laws and regulations (e.g. legal drafting), or on establishing ongoing monitoring and enforcement mechanisms and processes. For such in-depth training, WHO, UNICEF and other partners, including the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) (through the NetCode network), have developed tools and training which can also be found on the resources tab of the Nutrition Knowledge Hub.

 

Language: English

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Governance in Urban Sanitation

UNITAR

Nearly 40% of the world’s population still lacks adequate sanitation, which is directly in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 6: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Developing access to sanitation services poses technical, institutional, financial and also social and cultural challenges. Major obstacles relate to governance deficiencies, especially the lack of adequate institutional framework. Other hindrances include the weak priority given to sanitation and the insufficiency of substantial investment in the sector.

Besides investment, sustainable solutions should also adequately address the other dimensions, especially institutional and financial aspects. It is thus essential to implement sustainable institutional arrangements ensuring the setting up of a political anchor for the sanitation sector as well as responsiveness to the demand, transparency and accountability to users, financial sustainability, and the involvement of all the actors in their area of expertise.

This e-learning course aims at enhancing the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. Additionally, it provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

 

Language: English and French

Please click here to register for the English version.

Please click here to register for the French version. 

Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

UNITAR

The rapid, often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has seriously compromised existing transportation systems and significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries.

It is indeed in developing countries that the greatest growth in motor vehicles has been seen in the past few years and is expected in the future, primarily in urban areas. The environmental and social impacts are significant and directly related to quality of life and urban productivity. These impacts include congestion, energy consumption, air pollution, and traffic crashes. Thus, urban transportation issues are of foremost importance to support the mobility requirements in these growing cities and require new approaches.

The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and urban/transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. It allows an analysis of the important issues of sustainable transport and provides economic and financial instruments, institutional improvements, and environmental standards.

 

Language: English, French and Spanish

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Please click here to register for the French version. 

Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development

UNITAR

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases social equity and forges the path for an environment that allows the world to thrive.

Development is not possible without energy and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. Additionally, the course aims at enhancing the capacity of local decision makers and energy/sustainable development officers to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods. It provides an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options and offers insights into the management of renewable energy projects.

 

Language: English

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Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges

UNITAR

Water is essential for life and for sustainable development.

Increasing human population, the impacts of climate change and unsustainable growth, all place pressures on the world’s precious freshwater resources. Managing water well is essential for the international community to deliver the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Without this, most of the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved. Every drop matters.

This free online programme will give you a comprehensive overview of global water challenges and the means to identify local water solutions. The content of the modules is based on original materials developed for Hydrogeology and Water Resources Education at the University of Strathclyde and is supported by students who take part in the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) of Water, Sanitation and International Development.

 

Language of the course: English

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Exploring Blockchain Frontiers

UNITAR

Developed for UN officers, government & business leaders, innovators, and future thinkers.

This course gives you a fundamental understanding of blockchain technology and how it can support form new and powerful partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals implementation.

The highly interactive 4-week e-learning programme is designed to offer you a comprehensive introduction to blockchain by showcasing the best use-cases, value propositions and innovation strategies from those who are already successfully incorporating blockchain into existing SDG strategies.

 

Language of the course: English

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Leadership in the Public Sector

UNITAR

The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the competences required by public sector leaders and public servants for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, to recognize the most important skills required for effective leadership, and to gain a comprehensive overview of the current and future challenges public leaders are facing.

This is a 2-month certified e-learning course that is self paced for you to manage your workload, as per your convenience.

Certificates, issued by the UN Assistant Secretary General, Executive Director of UNITAR, will be issued upon successful completion.

 

Language: English

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Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

UNITAR

In today's economic and social environment, issues related to social responsibility and sustainability are gaining more importance, especially in the business sector. Business goals are inseparable from the societies and environments within which they operate. Whilst short-term economic gain can be pursued, the failure to account for longer-term social and environmental impacts makes those business practices unsustainable.

This course is designed to introduce participants to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), operationalizing the term and ensuring a cohesive definition of CSR and its applications for corporate sustainability. CSR is presented as a management concept and a process that integrates social and environmental concerns in business operations, and a company’s interactions with the full range of its stakeholders.

 

Language: English and Spanish

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Indicadores para evaluar y monitorear politicas, programas y proyectos

UNITAR

Este curso en línea busca mejorar la capacidad de administradores públicos y otros funcionarios del sector gubernamental para utilizar indicadores que les permitan evaluar y monitorear políticas, programas y proyecto. El curso brinda una introducción sobre cómo definir, calcular, monitorear y analizar indicadores. Además, muestra a los participantes cómo los sistemas de información pueden ayudar a objetivos de monitoreo y evaluación.

This online course aims to improve the capacity of public managers and other government sector officials to use indicators to evaluate and monitor policies, programmes and projects. The course provides an introduction on how to define, calculate, monitor and analyse indicators. It also shows participants how information systems can help monitor and evaluate objectives.

 

Language: Spanish

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