UNITAR Newsletter


The CIFAL Global Network is UNITAR's network of International Training Centres, dedicated to provide innovative training to strengthen the capacities of government officials and leaders to advance sustainable development. Our CIFAL centers are jointly managed with 10 partner institutions and deliver some 70 training activities every year.

June - July 2014

Sally Fegan-Wyles

Mayors and cities must, can and will take leadership on the issue of migration and the international community has to find space to listen to the voices of cities on the issue of migration. In order to cause real change, taking into account local authorities is fundamental in defining the post-2015 development goals.

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

Xavier Trias

A message from one of our Partners

Local authorities are at the forefront in meeting the needs of migrants and in ensuring their productive place within increasingly diverse societies.

Xavier Trias
Mayor of Barcelona


Editorial: Migration and Development

Migration and Development

It is estimated that about 3 million people are moving to cities each week. By 2050 it is expected that 60 to 70 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas and the number of megacities will rise remarkably in developing countries. Cities are becoming main entry points for migrants as they provide the necessary economic opportunities and desired social networks, among others.

Cities are at the front-line of integrating newcomers and face the need to adapt their services to an increasingly plural and diverse citizenship. In this respect, local authorities are becoming more responsible for dealing with key challenges pertaining to migration, such as (re)integration, social cohesion and access to education, health care and basic services.

Furthermore, local authorities play a crucial role in harnessing migration potential for sustainable development. There is an increased recognition of the linkage between migration and local development, with migrants having the potential to contribute to the development of both communities of origin and destination through their human, financial, entrepreneurial and social capitals. In the realm of financial capital, migrant's remittances from one region to another are a strongly valuable resource for sustaining local economic activity and promoting local development. By building and revitalizing cities, migrants are not only part of the urbanization challenge but are also part of the solution.

UNITAR through its CIFAL Global Network and Human Mobility Programme offers capacity building opportunities that strengthen local governance, facilitate policy dialogue and build knowledge capacity of local and regional authorities to better respond to the transformations and opportunities that migration brings about.


Mayoral Forum

Strategizing on the Role of Cities in Addressing Human Mobility

Mayors and representatives from twelve cities, and European and international organizations gathered in Barcelona for the first Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development, to reflect and strategize on the role of cities in addressing human mobility issues and in ensuring coexistence and social cohesion. The Forum was organized by UNITAR, the City of Barcelona, the World Bank's Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Sustainable Waste Management through Eco-Town Models and ISWM

Urban centres in developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. In an effort to build capacities on sustainable waste management in the Asia-Pacific region, CIFAL Jeju hosted a workshop from 24 to 26 June in Jeju. The event served as a platform to exchange knowledge and good practices in eco-town model and integrated solid waste management.

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Climate Change

Empowering Communities to Take Actions on Climate Change

CIFAL Scotland in collaboration with BASD and Gaia Education gathered 40 community members and leaders from communities of the Khulna and Begerhat districts of southern Bangladesh in a dynamic workshop on Climate Change in Mongla. The workshop aimed at empowering community members and leaders to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take actions on climate change.

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CIFAL Shanghai

Building capacities on IT Application, Informatization and Information Security

CIFAL Shanghai hosted a series of three China-aid Training Seminars on Information Technology Application, Informatization, and Information Security between April and June 2014 in Shanghai. The Seminars I, II and III convened officials and experts from information industries from 17 English speaking countries in Africa, 15 countries in Latin America, Caribbean and South Pacific and 13 French-speaking countries in Africa.

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Combating Human Trafficking through a Victim-centered Approach

CIFAL Jeju in partnership with the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) hosted for the second time in 2014 the workshop "Enhancing a Victim-Centered Approach: Identification, Assistance, and Protection of Trafficking Victims in the Asia-Pacific Region". The event, held in Jeju, introduced the linkages between human security and the victim-centered approach, as well as presented standards and exchanged good practices in identifying, assisting and protecting trafficking victims.

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Promoting a Dialogue on the Public Perception of Migration

On May 2014 a new act on foreigners came into force, facilitating the legislation of foreigners working or studying in the country. In this context, CIFAL Plock organized an international conference on "The Role of Media in Creating the Public Perception of Migration". The conference gathered experts from UNITAR, IOM, UNHCR and Storytegic, local government authorities, and representatives of the media, private sector, NGOs and academia.

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Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

With the objective of developing capacities on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region, CIFAL Jeju and the UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute (ONEA/GETI) hosted a workshop from 28 April to 1 May in Jeju. The event brought together government officials and civil society representatives from seven countries of Asia-Pacific.

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