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This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Describe which procurements are governed by certain existing civil or international laws;
  • Recognize the various methods and procedures of domestic and international tendering system, including procurement procedures for World Bank-aided projects;
  • Interpret a public procurement contract and be able to assist in its execution;
  • Summarize the steps involved in the completion of procurement; and
  • Select the applicable method for resolution of disputes in public procurement contracts.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 1 September to 3 October 2014

Course Objective

Participants will learn about different concepts and facets of the SCP, as well as regional, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to implement policies for SCP. Additionally, participants will begin to develop basic skills for applying the SCP concept in a real world economic, policy and professional context.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

1.Define the concept of SCP and explain its value for sustainable development;
2.Distinguish key elements of effective policy planning in support of SCP;
3.Identify enabling conditions for mainstreaming and implementing SCP policies in national governance;
4.Discuss principal challenges and opportunities for advancing SCP in national contexts;
5.Summarize the range of global and regional initiatives to support the mainstreaming of SCP in national governance;
6.Apply SCP to a real-life policy-making context

This online course is provided by UNEP through InforMEA for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. 

Course Objective

The Earth's biological resources are vital to humanity's economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.

This course introduces you to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the legally binding framework for the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

At the end of the this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Explain the importance of biological diversity for humankind.
  2. Describe the core components and mechanisms established by the Convention. 

The course is comprised of 8 short units. Each unit includes a book with links to the InforMEA glossary and relevant documents and websites, additional materials and videos. Take the quizzes to test your knowledge after units 3, 6 and 8.

It will take you 2 and a half hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. You can manage your time as you wish; take a few units and retake the course whenever it is more convenient for you. After completing all the units and passing the quizzes with an 80% of correct responses, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

This online course is provided by UNEP through InforMEA for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access.

Course objective

Annually, international wildlife trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.

This course introduces you to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which is an international agreement to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

At the end of the this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the core components and mechanisms established by the Convention

The course is comprised of 2 units. Each unit includes a lesson from CITES Virtual College and additional reading materials. Take the quiz to test your knowledge at the end of the course.

It will take you one hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. You can manage your time as you wish and retake the course whenever it is more convenient for you. After completing all the units and passing the quiz with an 80% of correct responses, you will receive a certificate of completion.

This online course is provided by UNEP through InforMEA for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access.

Course Objective

This course provides an overview of the international legal framework in the fight against ozone depletion. First, it describes the threats posed to the ozone layer by the use of ozone-depleting substances and analyzes the main obligations under the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol.

A brief analysis of main achievements and challenges illustrates the success in reducing the Ozone layer and the need to continue working globally to find substitutes with low global warming potential to ozone-depleting substances.

The course is laid out in 5 lessons, comprising books, videos and other external resources. Once you complete the course, you may take a quiz.

Learning Objectives 

At the end of this course, you will be able to: 

1) Describe the process that depletes the ozone layer and its threats to humankind and the environment

2) Recognize key milestone of the international legal framework regarding ozone depletion

3) Identify the main obligations and mechanism of the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol

4) Recall the main achievements and challenges in the fight against ozone depletion.

This online course is provided by UNEP through InforMEA for FREE.

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. 

Course Objective

No country is self-sufficient in plant genetic resources; all depend on genetic diversity in crops from other countries and regions. International cooperation and open exchange of genetic resources are therefore essential for food security. 

This course introduces you to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the legally binding framework for the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. 

At the end on the course, you will be able to: 

  1. Explain the relationship between crop diversity and food security
  2. Describe the core components and mechanisms of the Treaty

The course is comprised of 5 short units, which include a book with links to the relevant terms of the InforMEA glossary, videos and additional reading materials. At the end of the course, you may take a quiz to test your knowledge.

It will take you around 2 hours to complete the course, excluding additional training materials. At the end of the course, you can obtain a certificate if you pass the quiz (80% of correct responses).

This online course is provided by International Trade Centre (ITC) for FREE (to UN Staff). 

Duration: 6 weeks, starts on 2 February 2015

Course Objective

The Introductory Programme on Trade Development aims to introduce Trade Advisors to the main components of a trade support service. The programme first begins by introducing the role of Trade Support Institutions in general, before focussing on each individual aspect of their operations in detail. These include advocacy and trade policy reform, trade information, working with foreign trade representatives, analysing trade flows and export business generation. The contents of the programme are detailed below.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 29 September to 10 October 2014

Course Objective

The forum will focus on a set of policy and operational measures which can enhance the effectiveness and impact of public investment in infrastructure and public employment programmes in the context of a long-term development framework. Relevant development efforts by national governments and international agencies will be considered during the event. Pertinent concepts, approaches and examples of good practice will be shared to guide future decision-making on the subjects dealt with. The forum is jointly organized by the ILO's International Training Centre (ITCILO) and the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP).

This course is offered by ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: Nov 10, 2014 to Nov 21, 2014

Course Objective

Discuss gender approaches and tools to bring gender equality into the mainstream of labour-related development activities. Use the regulatory framework, gender analysis and planning tools.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 19 October to 13 November 2015

Course Objective

UN staff operates in an environment that requires continued adaptation to new external and internal realities. This tutored online course seeks to support UN staff in developing and applying effective strategies to manage, at the individual and team context, the shift in portfolios, work methods and approaches resulting from internal reform processes and the need to adapt to new high-level organizational priorities and goals.

This course is provided by ITC ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 10 November 2014 to 06 November 2015

Course Objective

This Master provides participants with the knowledge and skills for effective participation in the management of development programmes and projects. It explores the evolution of development theories and how successful national development requires integration of the outcome of sound socioeconomic analysis with an enabling legal environment. The content is multidisciplinary, ranging from exploration of key topics in development economics, to the rule of law and the factors influencing the design and effective operation of development institutions. In addition, the programme explores the full spectrum of managerial and analytical competencies needed for project cycle management (PCM) and related interpersonal skills.

Category: End poverty

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 8-30 September 2014

Course Objective

The general objective of the course is to facilitate the knowledge and skills required for dealing effectively with safety and health management in enterprises. OSH professionals need a multidisciplinary background to successfully operate in the broad field of OSH, therefore the programme incorporates training sessions on all the topics and disciplines relevant to OSH. The training focuses not only on OSH issues but also on the development of organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills. Study visits to 15 different productive settings are planned in order to offer direct interaction with experts in the field.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 1 year27 October 2014 to 16 October 2015

Course Objective

This programme is unique in its comprehensive coverage of the four pillars needed for effective operation of national public procurement systems as defined by the OECD. The learning content is multidisciplinary ranging from international legal obligations to economic theory foundations of PP. New and evolving topics in public procurement are also explored: sustainable procurement, e-procurement and public-private partnerships. Emphasis is placed on practical work and case studies related to planning, market research functions as well as in managing the overall spectrum of tendering and contract management activities. This Master incorporates a module on soft skills designed to enhance participants' interpersonal skills especially in contract negotiations and conflict resolution. Professional codes of conduct are explored as well as systems for prevention and detection of fraud/corruption.

This online course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 13 April to 22 May 2015 

Course Objective

The goal of this online course is to enable effective RBM in UN system organizations by enhancing staff competencies in designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes. This course complements existing UNSSC initiatives on RBM and evaluation. It provides a more in-depth, technical and skills-building learning event on one of the key elements of RBM strategies: performance measurement. The learning methodology is a mix of theoretical concepts, exercises and UN case studies. The online course seeks to enhance skills of UN and UN-affiliated staff across agencies, programmes and funds in development measures, collecting and analyzing data, reporting results, and using data to manage performance.

Category: Data Revolution

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 07 September to 16 October 2015

Course Objective

The goal of this online course is to enable effective RBM in UN system organizations by enhancing staff competencies in designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes. This course complements existing UNSSC initiatives on RBM and evaluation. It provides a more in-depth, technical and skills-building learning event on one of the key elements of RBM strategies: performance measurement. The learning methodology is a mix of theoretical concepts, exercises and UN case studies. The online course seeks to enhance skills of UN and UN-affiliated staff across agencies, programmes and funds in development measures, collecting and analyzing data, reporting results, and using data to manage performance.

Category: Data Revolution

This online course is provided by UNITAR for FREE. 

Duration: 03 Feb - 19 Dec 2014

Course Objective

UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme, in partnership with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, offers a short course on the History of UN Peacekeeping. This course can be taken in conjunction with the UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme course Introduction to Peace Operations for credit in the International Master Degree in Conflictology at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. This course offers an overview of the history of UN peacekeeping from the founding of the United Nations in 1945 up to present day and presents current trends in peacekeeping that may shape the future. - See more at: http://www.unitar.org/event/milestones-un-peacekeeping-ptp201405e#sthash.llALTqOT.dpuf

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE.

Duration: 03-06 November 2015 

Course Objective

The course will provide an overview of key monitoring and evaluation concepts, trends and tools relevant to the monitoring and evaluation functions within the UN system. At the end of the introductory course participants will have a common understanding of monitoring and evaluation; have a better understanding of the role of monitoring and evaluation in the UN system; further develop their knowledge and skills in designing of monitoring and evaluation plans as well as evaluation design and methodology; have an overview of the management of evaluation; and exchange experiences, lessons learned and good practices emanating from the UN system and international cooperation.

Category: Data Revolution

This course is offered by the ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 15 - 26 September 2014

Course Description

Aims to impart the technical and managerial competencies needed for monitoring performance and for evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance and sustainability of development programmes and projects. Participants learn to use the various management tools and techniques for project monitoring/control and reporting.

 

Category: Data Revolution

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 4 weeks, 24 Sep to  22 Oct 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how natural resources can contribute to or prolong conflict as well as undermine peace;
  • Identify the principles for effective post-conflict natural resources management;
  • Relate natural resources management to other post-conflict stabilization  and state building interventions;
  • Explain how peacekeeping missions can benefit from green technologies and practices for water, energy and waste.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 16 March to 17 April 2015

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the incidence of a conflict;
  • Appraise the degree of a conflict;
  • Prescribe a resolution necessary in a given dispute; and
  • Apply the proper procedure and tool for a dispute resolution
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