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 initial concept of PHPO was based on two principles; close cooperation with regional governments, local authorities and elected municipalities on the one hand, and strong, transparent public-private partnerships on the other.


Since the inauguration of the PHPO, its capacity building activities are focused on the following;

  • Conflict Resolution and Management

    • Alternative dispute resolution
    • Emerging issues in the Gulf of Guinea countries
    • Conflict prevention and peace-building in the Gulf of Guinea
    • Practical approach to disarmament and demobilization in post-conflict situations
  • Environmental Protection

    • Environmental profiles
    • Health, safety and environment, and quality maintenance management, capacity building
    • Climate change capacity building for the Gulf of Guinea countries
  • Local Economic Development

    • Training on micro-finance and practical approach to programme implementation
    • Business skills and management training
    • Specific capacity development in oil and gas sectors to broaden scope of local participation in the sectors
    • UNOSAT satellite solutions to decision making
  • Local Governance and Development

    • Governance and leadership for local government officers
    • Public administration and management for local authorities
  • Capacity Building for Community Development Associations

Programme Highlight: Increasing Youth Employability in the Oil and Gas Sector

In collaboration with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund of the Federal Government opf Nigeria, UNITAR PHPO has developed a Technical Training and Manpower Capacity Building Programme to provide 39 Nigerian scholars with a specialized Mechanical Engineering Bachelor in petroleum, marine and subsea engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship engineering. 

The tailor-made programme aims at increasing indigenous capacity to exploit and manage local oil and gas resources. At the end of the 3-year curriculum delivered by the Stord Haugesund University College (SHUC) in Norway, scholars will graduate as bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Degree with specialization in Petroleum Technology and Marine Construction, in compliance with European Quality Framework Level 6.

UNITAR and the Norwegian Embassy hold conference on marine safety


April 2019 - The United Nations in collaboration with the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs has organized a regional conference focused on discussions around marine pollution and protection.

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