The Decentralized Cooperation Programme of UNITAR has a worldwide presence through its headquarters in Geneva, field offices in Africa and Asia and global network of 20 CIFAL centres in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. Each CIFAL Centre is a regional hub for capacity development bringing together public sector, private sector and civil society.
Most training activities from the Local Development Program of UNITAR are delivered through the CIFAL Network. In the context of increasing responsibilities at a local level, they assist and build capacity of the local actors to achieve sustainable urbanisation. Each CIFAL is specialised in two or three thematic areas which were defined by the needs and priorities of the local actors in its geographical coverage.