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United Nations University

 United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is a think-tank for the United Nations System and is dedicated to the generation and transfer of knowledge and the strengthening of individual and institutional capacities in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. It began operations in 1975 as an autonomous organ of the United Nations General Assembly.

UNU’s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are a concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

In fulfilling this mission, UNU fosters intellectual cooperation among scholars, scientists, and practitioners worldwide, especially those in the developing world and functions as:

  • an international community of scholars;
  • a bridge between the United Nations and the international academic community;
  • a think-tank for the United Nations system;
  • a builder of capacity, particularly in developing countries; and
  • a platform for dialogue and new and creative ideas.

The University consists of a UNU Centre in Tokyo and 13 Research and Training Centres and Programmes (RTC/Ps) located around the world including Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

United Nations University Network

The UNU System comprises the UNU Centre in Tokyo and a worldwide network of Research and Training Centres and Programmes assisted by numerous associated and cooperating institutions.

For further information visit www.unu.edu

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