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United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  1. 1. UNITAR’s Local Development ProgrammeWorkshop on knowledge transfer and capacity buildingfor water and sanitation services in Asia and the Pacific Bangkok, Thailand 18th February 2009
  2. 2. United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  3. 3. UNITAR 3 Purpose To enhance the effectiveness of the UN through appropriate training and research Vision To be a centre of excellence for standard-setting methodologies, high-quality training, research capacity and knowledge systems Historical Background Established as an autonomous body within the United Nations system in 1965
  4. 4. UNITAR 4Thematic focal areas Environment Chemicals and Waste Management Climate Change Biodiversity Environmental Governance and Law Governance E-Governance Local Development Public Finance and Trade Peace, Security and Diplomacy International Law Multilateral Diplomacy Peacemaking and Conflict Prevention www.unitar.org Peacekeeping Training Research Knowledge Systems Innovation UNOSAT
  5. 5. Local Development Programme (LDP)
  6. 6. LDP 6Our missionTo provide training to local actors in order to enhance LDP’s Targettheir capacity to implement locally the Millennium group:Development Goals and other international conventions. Local authoritiesVision in partnerships with :To become a hub for information, communication and • National Governmentstraining between United Nations Agencies, academic • Civil Society • IGO’sinstitutions, national stakeholders and local actors such • Private Sectoras local authorities, civil society and public and privatecompanies. “If my neighborActivities can do it, then so Undertake a participatory process (training workshops, can I!” etc.) to support local authorities in their local development Enable exchange of knowledge, expertise and best-practice Simon Compaoré, experiences Mayor of Ouagadougou, Promote decentralized and city-to-city cooperation President of MDP, Strengthen community and stakeholders’ involvement Burkina Faso Promote local democracy and good governance through capacity building
  7. 7. LDP 7 www.unitar.org/ldp
  8. 8. LDP 8Areas of actionThe training sessions for local authoritiesfocus on four major areas: Sustainable Urbanization and Environment Urban planning Urban environment services (transport, water, waste, energy) Climate Change Local governance and Economic Development Local governance (gender, public participation, e-Governance) The Unitar/UN-Habitat initiative on «Access to Local economic development (Income generation, PPP, basic services for All» employability, business skills and management) highlights the rights and Local Institutional Support responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in Building local capacities (accountability and transparency, local the provision of basic leadership and municipal management, reform and services and aims at decentralization support) improving the delivery of these services to the Health and Human Security poorest. Human security (urban safety and social coexistence) Local health management ( Urban management of HIV Aids, local risk management of pandemics)
  9. 9. LDP 9CIFALLDP implements its training programmesthrough a network of 10 CIFAL centers : Americas: CIFAL Atlanta CIFAL Curitiba Africa: CIFAL Durban CIFAL centers are CIFAL Ouagadougou established in cooperation with local Asia and Pacific authorities and other CIFAL Kuala Lumpur stakeholders. CIFAL Shanghai The acronym CIFAL Europe signifies "International CIFAL Barcelona Training Centre for CIFAL Bilbao Local CIFAL Findhorn Authorities/Actors“ Authorities/Actors CIFAL Plock
  10. 10. LDP 10Description CIFAL Scope: CIFAL Atlanta (USA): Americas (Western hemisphere) Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Social Development and Quality of Life, and Information Technology CIFAL Barcelona (Spain): Mediterranean area / Latin America Security and Conviviality in Urban Spaces Local governance: leadership development, gender and public participation, local finance, Health: HIV/AIDS CIFAL Bilbao (Spain): Global (emphasis on Latin America) Digital Local Agenda and e-Governance CIFAL Curitiba (Brazil): South America Health: HIV/AIDS Sustainable Urbanization and Environment
  11. 11. LDP 11 CIFAL Durban (South Africa): Africa / Anglophones countries Sustainable urbanisation/Environment and Local governance Health: HIV/AIDS CIFAL Findhorn (Scotland): Northern Europe Sustainable Urbanisation and Environment CIFAL Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Asia- Pacific Sustainable Urbanisation and Environment CIFAL Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): Africa /francophones countries Sustainable urbanisation/Environment and Local governance CIFAL Plock (Poland): Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Urbanisation and Environment CIFAL Shanghai (China): Asia-Pacific Information society
  12. 12. LDP 12Partnerships Private sector World and Regional Associations of Cities VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) TOTAL The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Bolloré Human Settlements (CITYNET) Addax Petroleum Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones State Governments (FLACMA) Estonia Partenariat pour le Développement Municipal (PDM) Spain IT4ALL-Network of Local Authorities for the Information Society France Republic of Korea Foundations and NGOs Switzerland Fondation Albert II de Monaco Principauté de Monaco Global Ecovillage Network Local Governments The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Basque region of Spain Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government of Spain) City of Curitiba City of Atlanta City of Findhorn City of Plock City of Lyon City of Tallinn City of Ouagadougou City of Durban City of Kuala Lumpur City of Shanghai United Nations United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) World Bank Institute
  13. 13. LDP 13Methodology LDP has been applying Knowledge ManagementIn the seminars, traditional training methods, techniques to itssuch as presentations by practitioners, are capacity-developmentcombined with interactive approaches based on activities since early 2003knowledge management techniques and fieldvisits. This encourages cooperation betweenthe participating cities.Workshops objectives: City Share methodology: To assess current levels of competencies in each . city • Self-assessment exercise •Discussions about good To share experiences, knowledge, skills and and bad practises innovative ideas with peer participants • Peer assist exercises •Producing an Action Plan To learn from experts’ lectures and discussions •Building cooperation To see and experience best practices in the field To find partner(s) for future city-to-city cooperation
  14. 14. LDP and Water Sanitation
  15. 15. Water and Sanitation: LDP’ objectives 15To strengthen the capacities of local authorities in order to improve in asustainable way, the standards and the quality of the services providedto the populations, particularly to the most underprivileged sections. Thisobjective includes: The strengthening of human capacities:In order for municipal staff to be able to plan, develop, operate and evaluate water andsanitation facilities Development of efficient institutional frameworksTo facilitate resources mobilization and access to international financingTo facilitate inter-sectoral coordination of activities within the municipality and with otherdevelopment partners,To improve accountability, transparency and optimal use of public resources (humanand financial resources) Provision of efficient management toolsTo encourage legal reforms in the sectorFor operational follow up, environmental management, etc. Provision of innovative, efficient solutions and mechanisms in order to improve access to water and sanitation for the poor
  16. 16. Face-to-face workshops on water and sanitation 16LDP conducted many training activites in water and sanitation inCIFAL Durban, CIFAL Kuala Lumpur and CIFAL Ouagadougou on thefollowing issues: Financing Municipal Water Services: the creditworthiness challenge The water resource management Water & Sanitation Infrastructure Development & Skills Mobilization Water and sanitation: Access to international funds
  17. 17. LDP and E-learning on“Governance in Urban Sanitation”
  18. 18. E-learning course on water and sanitation: 18Goal and MethodologyGoalTo enhance the capacity of local decision-makers to make the most efficient andpro-poor choices and investments in urban sanitation. The course providesanalytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of thesanitation sector, creating the ability to assess specific situations and makerecommendations to design and implement financial and institutional reforms inthe sector.MethodologyThe course will be delivered through UNITAR virtual learning environment.The learning activities are based in sound adult learning pedagogical principles.They include, among others: self-assessment activities, peer-to-peer review and evaluation, and social elements.The modules are structured in a non-linear way so as to provide learners with ahigh degree of flexibility in choosing the learning path that is the most adequateto them
  19. 19. E-learning course on sanitation 19
  20. 20. E-learning course on sanitation 20
  21. 21. E-learning course on sanitation: Approach 21 30 participants from Asia and the Pacific region will be selected to participate in the first session of the course “Governance in Urban Sanitation”. 20 participants with the most outstanding results will be selected to participate in a face-to-face workshop to be held in the Asia and Pacific region in June 2009. During this workshop participants will deepen their knowledge in sanitation issues and be trained as online facilitators so as to be able to become tutors in future sessions of the course. Possibility of providing the course contents to a third party for translation and eventually running the course
  22. 22. E-learning course on sanitation: Applications 22 Applications: 220 applications received as of 6th February Beginning of the course: 23rd March Duration of the course: 8 weeks; 23 March to 15 May 2009
  23. 23. Thank youUNITARLocal Development ProgrammeMaison Internationale de lEnvironnement (MIE)11, chemin des Anémones1219 Genève - Châtelaine - SUISSETél: +41 (0) 22 917 85 75Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 80 47www.unitar.org/ldpldp@unitar.org