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EMA Flying the EThekwini Flag High at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters
Head of the eThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA), Dr Mpilo Ngubane recently visited Geneva, the Headquarters of the United Nations (UN), representing eThekwini Municipality as the Director of Cifal Durban.

The aim of the visit was to report to UNITAR on the performance of Cifal Durban in the 2016/2017 financial year. Cifal Durban is the only Cifal Centre in Africa and is part of the 16 Cifal Centres around the world. 

The mandate of Cifals across the globe is training (learning and development) and research focusing on the United Nations Programmes. Cifal Durban in its endeavour to prioritise learning within its programmes was placed at number 7 out of the 16 Cifal Centres. 

About 1258 delegates participated in the Cifal Learning Programmes in the last financial year. Highlights​ included a successful Road Safety Programme wherein 43000 school pupils participated. 

During the visit, Dr Ngubane also presented a model of institutionalizing and localizing of the Sustainable Development (SDGs). This was hailed by UNITAR as the model to be used by all Cifal Centres around the world to ensure that they institutionalize and get the buy in from their institutions. 

“This model identifies the Mayor and the City Manager as the political and administrative champions of the SDGs and the UN is grateful that both our political and administrative leadership have absolute support for the implementation of SDGs,” said Ngubane. 

CIFAL Durban, is an affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) established for training of local authorities in Anglophone Africa. The Centre, which was established in 2004, offers a series of regional, national and international training events on sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by local authorities. 

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