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Transition to Resilience The future of the biosphere and humanity will be determined in the cities and towns of the 21st century
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Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015

On 31 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda in all six UN languages. "The...

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Climate Summit - a major turning point in the way the world is approaching climate change?

Climate Summit - a major turning point in the way the world is approaching climate change?

The Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attracted a unique mix of world leaders and international players who shared their commitment to reaching a universal and meaningful climate agreement in 2015. There were announcements on action to...

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People power in the climate change age

People power in the climate change age

"Today rain is rarer, weather is hotter, and we have stronger winds and shorter time to grow vegetables..." This is how a woman addresses the impact of climate change in the Moundouwaye Village in Northern Senegal. I am in the Podor Region of Senegal on the...

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E-learning on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries

E-learning on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries

CIFAL has teamed up with the University of Strathclyde, the UK University of the Year, to develop a unique e-learning course, to be delivered online through the UNITAR's Virtual Learning Platform. Energy supply is now a major concern in regions such as Africa,...

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The CIFAL Global Network is composed of 14 International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders. The CIFAL centres are located across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.  Since its inception in 2003, the Network has reached more than 30,000 beneficiaries through over 400 learning events.

UNITAR - 50 Years of Empowerment


UNITAR is a principal training arm of the United Nations, working in every region of the world. UNITAR empowers individuals, governments and organisations though knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges.

Forthcoming Programmes

UN International Year of Light 2015
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the...
UN International Year of Soils 2015
"The multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed. Soils don’t have a...
Glasgow ‘Steam to Green’ Year 2015 - 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015
Glasgow was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and helped...
Climate Resilience for BAME Communities - 16 March 2015
Climate Resilience for BAME Communities - 16 March 2015 9:00am -...
Everything You Need to Know About Climate Change in a Nutshell
Free e-Course Conducted by UN CC: Learn This free self-paced...
Renewable Energies for Developing Countries - E-Learning
Begins on the 16th of February 2015! REGISTER NOW CIFAL Scotland is...

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