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UN Accredited Sustainable Development Training

The United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Victoria have established the first accredited International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (known by the French acronym CIFAL) on North America's west coast.

CIFAL Victoria, based at UVic, joins a global network of 30 training centres. The main purpose of these centres is to develop and strengthen our ability to better respond to challenges and facilitate City-to-City partnerships.

CIFAL Victoria delivers training activities and research that build on UVic's commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It connects the region with the global community and supports international knowledge-sharing and partnerships, as well as gathering and measuring data on our impact in advancing the SDGs, with a focus on four key themes:

  • Oceans, climate and sustainability
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Decolonization and Indigenous knowledge
  • Global health and well-being

Certified by CIFAL Victoria

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Community Engaged Scholarship for Today’s World

Taught by leaders in their field, you will gain methods, tools, and strategies towards participatory methods and practices including collaborative planning, designing for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and more.

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In partnership with

The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL Victoria), the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Victoria.