Over 11,000 registrations to date. The Massive Open Online Course starts today.
13 November 2017 – With over 11,000 registrations, the much-anticipated massive open online course from UNDP, FAO and UNITAR on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture (NAPMOOC) launched today.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) will strengthen collaboration for the integration of geospatial technology in support of emergency and crisis response after signing a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) earlier today.
29 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – Over the course of the past several weeks and months, UNOSAT has been working with partners to develop innovative applications for the humanitarian community by integrating geographic data into new systems. The idea behind these initiatives is to empower end-users by providing them with actionable information and/or in user friendly formats to improve impact from their job.
A six-week course in partnership with UNITAR begins November 13, features leading global experts on climate change
13 September 2017 – ‘National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture’ is the title of the new United Nations’ Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course is timed to launch in parallel with the upcoming climate talks in Bonn, Germany, more formally known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23).
18 August 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - On 23 May 2017 an armed conflict broke out in Marawi, Lanao del Sur in the Philippines between non-state armed groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Philippine government security forces. The conflict has displaced nearly 360,000 people from Marawi City and surrounding municipalities. According to local news sources, nearly 700 combatants and 119 civilians have died as a result of the fighting.
8 August 2017 – The third cycle of the UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme: Entrepreneurship and Leadership Youth Training began as 25 young South Sudanese professionals took part in the programme’s Orientation Workshop in Juba, South Sudan. The programme is a six-month capacity-building training for junior- to mid-career-level professionals that focuses on project management, leadership, and social entrepreneurship skills.
03 August, Geneva, Switzerland — The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reached a turning point on 9 July when the Iraqi government declared victory in Mosul. Before this, between October 2016 and June 2017, Iraqi Security Forces and their supporters gradually retook the city, widely regarded as the “cultural center” of the Islamic State. By the beginning of June, ISIL members had retreated to its densest part, the Old City. At the time, an estimated 100,000 civilians were still living in this area full of narrow streets and alleys.
20 July 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – UNOSAT recently undertook the analysis of the largest area in its IDPs mapping histoy. This endeavor started in November 2016 in response to requests from partners such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical humanitarian response, and led to the scrutiny of some 11,500 square kilometers of Syrian lands. The programme focused on the Turkey borders of Lattakia, Idleb and Aleppo Governorates, as well as on the borders of Daraa and Quneitra Governorates with Jordan and the UN Disengagement Observer Force area.
La grave crise humanitaire qui sévit dans la Région du Lac Tchad a aggravé les conditions de vie déjà précaires d’une grande majorité des populations de cette région. L’accès aux services de base et à l’eau potable en qualité et en quantité suffisante constitue un élément essentiel dans l’assistance à ces populations. Mais le contexte géologique et hydrogéologique particulier de la région du Lac Tchad est à l’origine des problèmes de salinité qui réduisent le taux d’accès à l’eau des populations locales.
20 May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – On 16 April 2016, 23:58 UTC, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador, near the coastal town of Muisne. The capital city, Quito, located 170 km from the epicenter, felt the effects strongly. According to the latest information provided by Ecuador´s Risk Management Office, 654 people were killed and 12,492 were injured.
2 May 2016, Quito, Ecuador – On 16 April, Ecuador suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that affected the provinces of Manabi, Guayas, Esmeraldas, and Santa Elena. Moved by the tragedy, where hundreds of people lost their lives, thousands of missing people, hundreds of homes destroyed, the team at CIFAL Quito jointly with the Christian Emergency Committee (CEC), have been providing material, spiritual and emotional support to victims and their families.
24 February 2016, Kigali, Rwanda – Within the framework of the 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, UNOSAT and IGAD’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) successfully hosted a one-day national level technical workshop on flood and drought management.
Nairobi, 27 January 2016 – With the aim to further improve accessibility to information on climate and hazard data, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region.
December 22, Geneva, Switzerland – On Wednesday 16 December UNITAR and MapAction met to sign a MoU. Liz Hughes, MapAction Chief Executive, Nigel Press, Chairman of MapAction Board of Trustees, Einar Bjorgo, UNOSAT Manager and Francesco Pisano, UNITAR Research Department Director, acting as Officer in Charge, gathered in UNITAR’s offices for this important moment.
This MoU, defines the frame for future cooperation between UNITAR’s UNOSAT programme and MapAction.
20 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland – On last 26 October 2015 a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Hindu Kuch mountain regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The earthquake was even felt in New Delhi, India, and Islamabad, Pakistan. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and National Disaster Management Authority in Pakistan (NDMA) requested our Rapid Mapping Service to analyze the severity of damages affecting the Afghanistan and Pakistan regions touched by the seismic tremors.
06 November 2015, Bangkok, Thailand – UNOSAT in collaboration with the Asian Preparedness Disaster Centre (APDC) has successfully delivered the “11th International Training on GIS for Disaster Risk Management (GIS4DRM)” that took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 26 October to 06 November 2015. The course participants included 18 professionals representing the Southeast Asia national governments and international humanitarian organizations including InterRisk Asia, the Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre of India and the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).
27 October 2015, Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, and according to the IPCC is expected to become even more so as a result of climate change. Floods, cyclones, tornados, and riverbank erosion, often occurring simultaneously, have had an impact on the lives and livelihoods of people living in coastal areas such as the Khulna and Bagerhat Districts of Southern Bangladesh.
22 September 2015, Juba, Republic of South Sudan – The United Nations Institute of Research and Training (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office and the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan are pleased to announce the launch of the UNITAR Project Development and Implementation Training Programme for South Sudan (hereafter “the programme”). As Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan faces a number of challenges to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity.
18 May - 19 June 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan – From 18 May to 19 June 2015 UNITAR, in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and with the financial support of the Government of Finland, organized a series of workshops aimed at strengthening regional capacities to manage cross-border threats through the reinforcement of civil servant expertise in key areas (i.e. good governance, natural resources managment, human security, conflict transformation, and public-private-people partnerships).
22 - 26 June 2015, Niamey, Niger - UNITAR’s trainers, complementing the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA)’ military trainers in Niamey, Niger are delivering the pre-deployment course to the Nigerien Battalion due to join the UN peacekeeping operation MINUSMA in the Republic of Mali. MINUSMA’s Chapter VII mandate includes the protection of civilians, support to the transitional authorities; facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the protection of human rights.