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Moray to be base for UN training
The Findhorn Foundation (Pic: The Findhorn Foundation website)
The centre will be built at the foundation
The UK's first United Nations training centre is to be built in Scotland.

A deal signed at UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will see building work start next year on a 4m complex in Moray.

The centre will specialise in environmental policy and sustainability and will host seminars.

It will be housed in a new building at the Findhorn Foundation, on the Moray Firth. Moray Council is part-funding the building of the new centre.

The foundation is the educational and organisational arm of the new-age Findhorn community which began in 1962.

Foreign delegations

The unit will join a series of international UN training centres known as the CIFAL network.

It is hoped the centre will put Moray into the international spotlight, with regular visits from foreign delegations.

Seminars and training sessions have already been arranged and will be hosted at the Findhorn Ecovillage from November until the new building is completed.

Council convener Eddie Coutts said it was a wonderful opportunity to put Moray on the international map as never before.

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