About Us

CIFAL Newcastle is affiliated to the United Nations through its parent body UNITAR.We are hosted by the University of Newcastle (UON) in Australia. Our core mission is to build the capacity of cities and communities through education and training.

We achieve this by running training programs suitable for government officials, private enterprises and people from civil society. By facilitating the transfer of best practice we empower individuals, communities, governments and organisations to effectively address development challenges and reduce disaster risk.

Our core capabilities lie in building the disaster resilience of firms and communities. By developing their capability to conduct systematic and strategic planning of construction and reconstruction, we develop their capacity to be prepared for future extreme events. Our commitment to capacity building in relation to sustainable development is equally robust, leveraging the skills and capabilities of other groups within the University and beyond to deliver targeted training in areas as diverse as waste management and public health, urban resilience and renewable energy.

Left to Right: CIFAL Newcastle's Director Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Newcastle University's Vice Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, UN Assistant Secretary-General Nikhil Seth, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Manager (DCP) UNITAR Mr. Alex Mejia, Ms. Estrella Merlos UNITAR. UN Geneva, Switzerland 2015.

Our Vision

A world in which informed individuals shape the decision-making of the firms, institutions and communities to which they belong and deliver sustainable and resilient outcomes, which combine prosperity and social justice, for current and future generations.

Core functions

To increase understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Development Agenda, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction across all levels of society.

To consult with government, private enterprise, society and UN organisations in relation to our core areas of expertise.

To develop the capacity of individuals, organisations and institutions to develop the knowledge to implement strategies that increase their sustainability and resilience to extreme events, thereby becoming global change leaders, sensitive to the needs of both public and private stakeholders.

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