UNITAR Hiroshima Office to add environmental specialist

by Kensuke Murashima, Staff Writer

On March 18, Dr. Carlos Lopes, executive director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR, headquarters in Geneva), announced at the Hiroshima Prefectural Government that a specialist on environmental issues will be placed at the UNITAR Hiroshima Office by the end of this year.

Following the meeting with Hiroshima Governor Yuzan Fujita, Dr. Lopes held a press conference and said, “It is important to provide training sessions at which trainees can learn methods to ensure the implementation of international treaties on the environment as well as countermeasures for chemical substances and environmental pollution.” He then revealed the plan to place a new staff member at the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, a person charged with environmental training for the Asian region. The posting will take place in the latter part of this year.

Dr. Lopes went on to describe UNITAR’s more comprehensive plans, focused on strengthening ties with educational institutions, and he expressed the intention to approach Hiroshima University in order to expand their cooperative relations. He also mentioned the further development of UNITAR’s online courses and the worldwide dissemination of the content of their trainings, which have been offered in Hiroshima under the theme of “Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites.”

Dr. Lopes extended his gratitude to Governor Fujita for the support the UNITAR Hiroshima Office receives from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. He also met with Masao Hayashi, Chairman of the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly.

(Originally published on March 19, 2009)

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