CIFAL Scotland, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research affiliated training centre for Northern Europe, is a hub for capacity building, leadership and knowledge sharing between local and regional authorities, international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

CIFAL face-to-face and on-line programmes address the urgent implications of climate change and resource scarcity and promote solutions where people and business prosper within environmental limits.

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Measuring What Matters Happiness and well-being: UN defining a new economic paradigm
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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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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,...


Climate Smart Adapted Houses in Southern Bangladesh

Climate Smart Adapted Houses in Southern Bangladesh

A CIFAL Scotland climate change project in Bangladesh is already delivering results for local communities. Last year, CIFAL received £250,000 from the Scottish Government to help communities in Southern Bangladesh cope with climate change after a series of...


Moving towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Moving towards the Sustainable Development Goals

During Rio+20 Conference, Member States launched a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the sustainable development challenges of ending poverty, increasing social inclusion, and sustaining the planet. The Rio+20 outcome...


Sally Fegan Wyles

CIFAL Scotland has been one of the first of the CIFAL Centres to take the sustainability agenda at heart and since 2006 it has been conducting cutting-edge seminars, conferences and training sessions on the drivers and opportunities of the low-carbon agenda in Northern Europe. CIFAL Scotland has been recognised by its professionalism, agility and innovation and has become a reference point for the entire CIFAL network on sustainability matters.

Sally Fegan-Wyles
UN Assistant Secretary-General,
Acting Head Executive Director, UNITAR

UNITAR around the World



Forthcoming Programmes

United Nations International Year of Family Farming 21 May 2015
21 May 2015, Fairfax Somerville Room, Scottish Parliament 6:00 - 8:00pm ...
Renewable Energies for Developing Countries - E-Learning 8 September 2014
Launching  8 September 2014 REGISTER NOW CIFAL Scotland is happy to...
Financing Renewable Energies in Developing Countries - E-Learning 1 September 2014
Launching 1st of September 2014 REGISTER NOW Places are limited, so please...
The Age of Sustainable Development including a Q&A Session with Prof Jeffrey Sachs 16 April 2014
16 April 2014 from 3:45pm at ECCI Book your place for the 16 April debate...
Introduction to the Post-2015 Development Agenda- E-Learning 5 May 2014
Launching 5 May 2014 Register here CIFAL Scotland is happy to offer this...

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The CIFAL Global Network is composed of 10 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.

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