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Newsletter Winter 2010

Newsletter Winter 2010

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NewsletterWinter 2010
In This Issue
In Focus ........................................................ 1Trends & Activities ........................................ 2Knowledge to Lead ........................................ 3Partnerships & Collaborations ....................... 4
The year 2010 was a quite eventful year for UNITARand is finishing with a major event, the 6
edition of the Geneva Lecture Series (GLS). This session entitled
The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Global EconomicGovernance
” will welcome
two prominent actors in thisarea: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Pascal Lamy,Director General of the World Trade Organization.The financial and economic crisis is inducing shift indevelopment cooperation. One of them is thestrengthening of new alliances and South-Southcooperation. In its strive to respond to capacitydevelopment needs of developing and emergingeconomies, UNITAR is actively promoting andstreamlining South-South and triangular cooperationacross its activities through establishing a physicalpresence in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This isevidenced by the recent opening of the UNITAR Officein Brasilia; the growing network of affiliated trainingcenters for local actors (CIFAL); the high-level event on
Africa Cooperation” organized during the
Shanghai World Expo 2010, and activities conductedunder the various UNITAR programmes.This trend constitutes a major component of theUNITAR Strategic Plan 2010-2012, which will bereviewed at the next session of the Board of Trustees inJanuary 2011, together with other strategic orientationssuch as the establishment of a Fellowship Fund, theintroduction of on-line registration and fee payingsystem, or the expanding share of e-learning as amodality of delivery to reach out to more beneficiaries.We wish you all a happy and healthy year 2011!
*The achievements report 2007-2009 is now online and canbe downloaded from www.unitar.org/achievements-report-2007-2009. Should you have any comment on the newsletter, pleasecontact: communications@unitar.org 
UNITAR opens new office in Brasilia
Brasilia, 13 Oct.: More than 60 representatives of national, local authorities, UN agencies and foreignembassies celebrated the inauguration of the UNITARoffice in Brasilia.Given its role as a powerful emerging economy and astrong partner for South-South cooperation, Brazil was
selected as the location for UNITAR’s third outposted
office, after New York and Hiroshima, and becomes
UNITAR’s first office in the South.
 The UNITAR office in Brasilia was established via atechnical cooperation agreement signed with theBrazilian Ministry of Planning, Budget andAdministration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and theNational School of Public Administration (ENAP).UNITAR will support ENAP to strengthen capacities of public servants in the area of infrastructuredevelopment.
From left to right: Rodrigo da Rocha Loures, President of CIFALCuritiba Management Council; Carlos Lopes, UNITAR ExecutiveDirector; Paulo Carvalho, ENAP Director for Executive Training;Francisco Gaetani, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Budget and Administration; Márcio Lopes Corrêa,Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Ministry of ForeignRelations; Jorge Chediek, UN Resident-Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Brazil 
The UNITAR office in Brasilia will serve as regional hubfor capacity development and sharing of know-how toaddress the needs of Brazilian federal, state and localcivil servants and to engage in South-SouthCooperation with Latin America and Portuguese-speaking African countries.
Success for UNITAR at the Shanghai Expo
Shanghai, 19-25 Sept:
Over 177’000 people visited
the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010during the UNITAR week and assisted to publicsessions, seminars and high-level meetings. Not lessthan 15 events were organized around the two themes
of the Expo (“Better City, Better Life”) and the UNPavilion (“One UN, One Earth” 
) on hot topics such asthe Millennium Development Goals, climate changeadaptation, corporate social responsibility, China-Africa economic cooperation.
From left to right: Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO; GuijinLiu, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for  African Affairs; Carlos Lopes, Executive Director UNITAR
In this context, senior Chinese government and UNofficials, high level representatives of the diamond and jewelry industry, international chambers of commerceand a panel of world-recognized specialists onCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) gathered for a2-day series of events. Participants shared their viewsand experiences on how CSR practices develop in thisindustrial sector and thus contribute to sustainabledevelopment and the Millennium Development Goals.
Trends & Activities
Latin America Forum on SustainableDevelopment 2010
Tokyo, 18-20 Nov.: UNITAR and theAndean Development Corporation(CAF) successfully held theinaugural session of the "Japan -Latin America Forum".Ministers, vice ministers, ambassadors andparticipants representing 16 Latin American countries joined members of parliament, vice ministers andprivate sector leaders from Japan. The Forum servedas a venue for the exchange of knowledge and bestpractices on environmental sustainability and wascomplemented by a study-tour of the Sanyo Solar Arkin Nagoya, to experience this state-of-the-art of solartechnology in Japan.
Training of Trainers from the DiplomaticAcademies of South Africa and the DemocraticRepublic of the Congo (DRC)
Geneva, 4 Oct.: The unique setup of this Training of Trainers consisted of several related workshops thatmutually reinforced each other, thereby leading to anunprecedented added-value for both diplomaticacademies. These workshops focused on the dynamicsof Multilateral Conference Diplomacy and offered ahighly creative and interactive refresher course ontraining techniques.Active participation and empowerment of learnerscontributed to make the training evolve closest totheir needs and facilitated knowledge sharing. What ismore, the organizations of round tables with seniorofficials from the Geneva-based UN agenciesaddressed the multilateral context of the UnitedNations through a practical approach.
Supporting Chemical Safety through Labeling inZambia
Lusaka, 24 Sept.: As a result of the National Planningand Inception Workshop held in Zambia a new project
to “Strengthen Capacities for Implementation of the
Strategic Approach to International ChemicalsManagement (SAICM) and support GHS capacity
was launched.Mr. Edwin Soko, Acting Director of the EnvironmentCouncil of Zambia (ECZ), said that the GloballyHarmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) was a new international tool thatcould be effectively used as a basis for developingcomprehensive national chemical safety programmes.As part of this 2-year project, training will beconducted in order to define and classify hazards andcommunicate hazard information on labels and safetydata sheets. Financed by the SAICM Quick StartProgramme Trust Fund, the project will receivetechnical support from the UNITAR/ILO GHS CapacityBuilding Programme.
First training on Green Growth and Low-CarbonCities for Asia-Pacific Region
Jeju, 11 Nov.: CIFAL Jeju, Republic of Korea,completed its first training on Green Growth.Participants from Pakistan, Philippines, Viet Nam,Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia had the opportunity
to visit Jeju’s Smart
Grid testing centres exploringfuture innovations for renewable energy while limitingcarbon emissions.
CIFAL Jeju Training Centre
 Since Jeju province was designated as a pilot area forGreen Growth in 2007, lessons learned from thisKorean experience represent a valuable knowledge forthe Asia-Pacific Region. Indeed, the training confirmedthe high demand for integrating Green Growth intolocal development across Asia.In 2011, CIFAL Jeju will host introductory GreenGrowth training courses, as well as more specificworkshops for developing Green Growth training plansand programmes across local governments in theAsia-Pacific Region.
New E-learning course on
New frontiers inAgricultural Trade and Regulation
15 Nov.: The field of agriculture and trade raises ahost of connected issues such as food security andfood safety, environmental and other consumersconcerns, and domestic regulation.This new e-Learning course focuses on the preparationand conduct of agricultural negotiations. It aims toprovide participants with a set of tools for analyzingthe role and limits of trade negotiations on agricultureagainst a broader canvas of national developmentobjectives.
UNCTAD/UNITAR joint workshop on MultilateralConference Diplomacy
Geneva, 4-5 Nov.:Members of permanentmissions in Genevadealing with the UnitedNations Conference onTrade And Development(UNCTAD) issues wereinvited to participate ina workshop on effectivenegotiations in a multilateral context.Role-play simulations, case studies and experiencesharing allowed the participants to quickly grasp thedifferent conference dynamics and the peculiarities of UNCTAD's intergovernmental machinery. Spurred bythe very positive participants
’ feedback
, the nextworkshop in the series is scheduled early 2011.
GTZ/UNITAR collaboration for strengtheningThai Government capacity in InternationalEnvironmental Law
Bangkok, 21 Sept.: Following up on theJuly agreement, the German technicalcooperation (GTZ) and UNITARimplemented a training course for ThaiGovernment officials aiming atenhancing knowledge and understandingof international environmental law as well asidentifying the main environmental issues in theSouth-East Asian Region.Training activities were conducted in cooperation withthe Thai-German Climate Protection Programme, TheGTZ Office in Bangkok and the Office of NaturalResources and Environmental Policy and Planning(ONEP) of the Kingdom of Thailand.
The Swiss Permanent Mission and UNITAR partner on the 2010 UN Reform Course Series
New-York, 8 Oct.: SinceMember States recognizedthe need for transformingand adapting the United
Nations system to today’s
realities, UNITAR developeda Course Series on UNReform to enable delegates to engage constructivelyin relevant consultations.Speakers, including United Nations senior managers,permanent representatives and experts from civilsociety or academia, offered a broad overview of thehistory, milestones, and current status of the UnitedNations Reform from multiple perspectives.
Over thelast three years, some 500 diplomats, United Nationsstaff, and researchers benefited from this course.
Knowledge to Lead 
Climate change: an integrated approach
Climate change has been a priority for UN MemberStates for several years. It is constantly raising newchallenges and it will affect more and more theeconomy. To address these challenges, UNITAR hasadopted an integrated approach throughmultidisciplinary activities including:UN CC:Learn - UN training platform on climate changeGeneva, 29 Oct.: Representatives from 17 UNagencies joined a 2-day workshop to collaborate onthe UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change.
 “UN CC:Learn seeks to create
a common platformowned by all participating UN agencies with the goal toshare experiences and respond effectively to climatechange learning and skills development priorities in
partner countries” 
said Mr. Carlos Lopes.2010 Highlands International Biodiversity & ClimateChange ConferenceFindhorn, 5 Nov.: The International Biodiversity andClimate Change Conference, organized by the UNITARaffiliated training centre CIFAL Findhorn, Scotland UK,provided an unparalleled opportunity to meet expertsin both land and marine ecology and to find the latestinformation on how climate change is affecting
Northern Europe’s unique habitats and resources.
Asan official contribution to the United NationsInternational Year of Biodiversity, the conferenceattracted a wide audience from policymakers tocrofters, foresters to tourist operators, fishermen tofarmers, land managers to the news media; all thosewith a vital interest in the profound implications of climate change on biodiversity.
Ecovillage Findhorn

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