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UNDP and UNITAR Organize Training courses in Multilateral Negotiations in the African Region

Friday, 08 April 2011
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) join forces to strengthen African participation in Multilateral Negotiations by organizing 35 training and networking events over a 12-month period on four priority areas related to economic and social development of Africa: financing for development, regional investment and integration, climate change and peace and security. More than 1,100 African negotiators and decision-makers will have the opportunity to participate to face-to-face training, networking activities, instructor-led e-learning courses, and e-discussions. UNDP and UNITAR will collect and disseminate through the Internet selected case studies and best practices gathered through the training activities.

The aim of this important joint UNDP/UNITAR project is not only to contribute to achieving sustainable growth and attaining the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the African region, but also promote synergies within the UN system based on the  "Delivering as One" initiative*. Importantly, it will have a far-reaching conseqeunce: it will critically raise the quality and effectiveness of the process of international environmental governance.

*”Delivering as One - Making the UN system more coherent, effective and efficient” is a pilot initiative launched by the United Nations in 2007 to respond to the challenges of a changing world and test how the UN family can provide development assistance in a more coordinated way in eight countries, which volunteered to become “Delivering as One” pilots (Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam). Together, they are experimenting with ways to increase the UN system’s impact through more coherent programmes, reduced transaction costs for governments, and lower overhead costs for the UN system. The eight pilots are making reforms based on four principles: One Leader, One Budget, One Programme, One Office.

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