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CIFAL Victoria

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UNITAR-UVic partnership

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 24 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

Focus areas

Oceans, climate & sustainability
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We are tackling the issues facing our oceans and lands, human health and the economy. Our focus is on climate policy, modelling, conservation and much more.

Innovation & entrepreneurship
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We're making an impact on people, places and the planet through the advancement and application of knowledge. Our research, innovation and connections help communities thrive.
Decolonization & Indigenous knowledge
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We are learning, listening and creating a community where Indigenous knowledge is valued. Understanding these perspectives is an important part of our education and growth.

Global health & well-being
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Our research focuses on understanding and improving the health and wellness of all people.

Sustainable Development Goals

CIFAL Victoria is part of UVic's commitment to support the UN's 17 SDGs. These goals outline the work that needs to happen to create a sustainable future for our planet.

We aim to:

  • enable the transfer of knowledge, experience and best practices
  • encourage co-operation and multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • provide networking opportunities
  • contribute to the development of local and national strategies to meet the SDGs

CIFAL Victoria serves the Pacific Coast through local, regional and global partnerships.

View the results of a survey conducted by CIFAL Victoria that looked at how the SDGs are impacting training initiatives on campus.

Upcoming events

Learning opportunities

UNITAR training opportunities
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UNITAR offers a wide range of courses and training activities for students, academics, government agencies, international and non-governmental organizations. 

General Opportunities

Free and open courses

Online courses

CIFAL Global Network opportunities
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The CIFAL Global Network is composed of 24 CIFAL Centres across Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

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Our team

Contact us

To learn more email CIFAL Victoria Director Crystal Tremblay.