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07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018, Juba, Republic of South Sudan – The United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office and the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth cycle of the UNITAR Hiroshima South Sudan Fellowship on Entrepreneurship and Project Planning (hereafter “the programme”).

01 Mar 2018 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage in the subdistricts of Kafr Batna and Irbin and in the eastern part of Damascus city, Syrian Arab Republic. Using satellite imagery collected 23 February 2018 and comparing with imagery acquired 3 December 2017, UNITAR - UNOSAT conducted a Rapid Damage Assessment, over a total area of 62.5 square kilometers, to provide an overview of areas of recent damage. The area analyzed was divided in cells and each cell was assessed searching for presence of new damage.

20 Feb 2018 description

16 February 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan - Future support to Pakistani people needing humanitarian support will be improved, thanks to a new platform launched by the UK Government and UNITAR in Islamabad.

15 Feb 2018 description

26 January 2018, Geneva, Switzerland – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the International Civil Defense Organisation (ICDO) signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding, committing to develop and implement joint training programmes in disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management and urban resilience.

08 Feb 2018 description

08 February 2018, Geneva, Switzerland – Britain´s Science Minister Sam Gyimah today announced the launch of 10 new projects to improve disaster response and tropical disease control using space-based technologies.

13 Nov 2017 description

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.

24 Oct 2017 description

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 Sep 2017 description

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.

13 Sep 2017 description

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 Aug 2017 description

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.

08 Aug 2017 description

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 Aug 2017 description

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 Jul 2017 description

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.

18 Apr 2017 description

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.

21 May 2016 description

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.

03 May 2016 description

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.

02 Mar 2016 description

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.

02 Feb 2016 description

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.

22 Dec 2015 description

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 Nov 2015 description

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.