UNITAR is the only United Nations entity to establish a presence in the symbolic city of Hiroshima - the City of Peace, in a response to the desire of its people and authorities to contribute more actively to global peace and development. We have conducted training for more than 5000 people from over 60 countries in Hiroshima, who have come to see Hiroshima’s message of peace, and learn from its post-conflict reconstruction experience. Study tours have been arranged in Japan and Hiroshima, covering a range of areas such as public financial management, green economy, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and more.
“I learnt so much by coming to Hiroshima. It gives me hope and inspires me.”
UNITAR Hiroshima Nuclear and Non-Proliferation Training Programme
The 21st century has been referred to as the era of nuclear power. The people of Hiroshima, and Japan, coupled with concerned citizens from around the world have been making continuous efforts to promote nuclear disarmament, and non-proliferation. The situation surrounding this issue however is more challenging than ever. The rapidly evolving global geopolitical environment, which sees both state and non-state actors increasingly discuss the validity of nuclear weapons, increases the urgency for there to be continued, focused debate with regard to regaining the impetus and momentum for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, regionally, multi-laterally, and globally.
UNITAR Youth Ambassador Programme
As one of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office’s major local engagement initiatives, the UNITAR Youth Ambassador Programme provides an opportunity to learn about the United Nations system as well as careers in diplomacy and international affairs through participation in UNITAR events. The Programme selects approximately twenty students each year from local high schools in Hiroshima to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and connect globally with international experts in different fields.
UNITAR World Heritage Nomination Training Series
UNITAR Hiroshima Office’s World Heritage Nomination Training Series builds upon more than 13 years’ experience training on the unique needs of World Heritage Sites. Launched in 2003, the series transitioned from a focus on management and conservation best practice, to examine the skills and knowledge required for developing more effective World Heritage nomination dossiers.
Sea and Human Security Training Programme
Seas, coasts, and the ocean are part of the human security complex. Myriad factors including social, political, environmental, and economic aspects of human security depend upon the sustainable and comprehensive governance and management of these areas.
Inaugurated in 2002-2003, the UNITAR Hiroshima Sea and Human Security Training Programme examines, from a comprehensive point of view, the concept of human security as it pertains to seas and the ocean. The training programme aims to facilitate peer exchange and knowledge development among key policy makers working in the field of marine and ocean affairs.
Biodiversity Training Programme
The ecosystem approach as embraced in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) points at the subtle relationship between conservation, sustainable use, and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from genetic resources. It seeks to satisfy both ecological and human needs in the future, while its modality is comprehensive, integrated, and across time lapse. Though endorsed by many international conventions and decisions, and in spite of the continuous work to conceptualize it, the ecosystem approach needs further operational tools to be appropriately implemented.