United Nations University


United Nations University

The nihongo|United Nations University|国際連合大学|Kokusai Rengō Daigaku (UNU) is an agency of the United Nations established in Tokyo in 1973UN document |docid=A-RES-3081(XXVIII) |type=Resolution |body=General Assembly |session=28 |resolution_number=3081 |accessdate=2008-05-02|date=6 December 1973|title=United Nations University] to "research into the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its agencies".UN document |docid=A-9149-Add.2 |type=Document |body=General Assembly |session=28|document_number=9149-Add.2 |accessdate=2008-05-02|date=30 October 1973|title=Revised Draft Charter of the United Nations University] Its creation was set in motion by the Secretary-General U Thant in 1969.UN document |docid=A-RES-2573(XXIV) |type=Resolution |body=General Assembly |session=24 |resolution_number=2573 |accessdate=2008-05-02|date=13 December 1969|title=International university]

The university motto is "Advancing knowledge for human security, peace, and development."

The United Nations University provides educational opportunities to researchers mainly at the graduate and post-graduate level through an extensive range of fellowship schemes. It operates through a number of research centres around the world, where research fellows or Ph.D. students from other universities can come to do research. It especially targets researchers and students from developing countries. UNU is headed by a Rector, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It does not receive any funding from the regular UN budget; it relies instead upon voluntary contributions from member states and the return on its investments, which are currently valued at US$350 million. The budget of UNU is approximately US$37 million per annum. UNU relocated its [http://www.ias.unu.edu/ Institute of Advanced Studies] to the Minato Mirai 21 development in Yokohama, Japan in March 2004.

The UNU has its own press and publishes a number of books every year. Research at the Tokyo headquarters is carried out by two divisions: 'Peace and Governance' and 'Environment and Sustainable Development'; each of which is headed by a Vice-Rector.

As of January 2006 UNU-INTECH and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute of Innovation and Technology (MERIT) from the Maastricht University fused into UNU-MERIT with MERIT director Luc Soete as its new director.

[http://www.wider.unu.edu/ UNU-WIDER] , the World Institute for Development Economics Research is the first UNU research and training centre, located in Helsinki, Finland, established in 1984.

tructure and campuses

* Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and Bonn, Germany [http://www.ehs.unu.edu/file.php?id=269] with offices at UN Headquarters New York and UNESCO Headquarters Paris
* [http://www.ias.unu.edu/ UNU - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)] in Yokohama, Japan - strategic approaches to sustainable development
* UNU - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland - development economics
* UNU - Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands - socio-economic impacts of new technologies
* UNU - Institute for Natural Resources in Africa ( [http://www.inra.unu.edu UNU-INRA] ) in Accra, Ghana - natural resources management
* UNU - International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) in Macau S.A.R., China - software technologies for development
* UNU - Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) in Planta Baja, Venezuela - biotechnology and society
* UNU - International Leadership Institute (UNU-ILI) in Amman, Jordan - leadership development
* [http://www.ias.unu.edu/ UNU - International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)] in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - water, environment and human health
* UNU - Programme for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium - local/global governance, regional integration
* UNU - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany - environment and human security
* UNU - Food and Nutrition Programme for Human and Social Development (UNU-FNP) in Ithaca, New York
* UNU - Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Reykjavík, Iceland - geothermal research, exploration and development
* UNU - Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in Reykjavík, Iceland - postgraduate fisheries research and development

As well as these main campuses, there are several "associated institutions" with which the UNU works closely.

References

ee also

* List of universities in Japan
* University for Peace Important to note that the United Nations University and the University for Peace are two distinct entities, often confused as the same institution.
* UNU-IIST
* Unipaz

External links

* [http://www.unu.edu/ United Nations University website]
* [http://update.unu.edu/ UNU Update] , the newsletter of the United Nations University
* [http://www.ias.unu.edu/ UNU-IAS website]
* [http://www.la.unu.edu/ UNU-ILI website]
* [http://www.inweh.unu.edu/ UNU-INWEH website]
* [http://www.merit.unu.edu/ UNU-MERIT website]
* [http://www.wider.unu.edu/ UNU-WIDER website]
* [http://run.iist.unu.edu/ RUN (Research in the UN)] A digital repository of UN research materials
* [http://www.onlinelearning.unu.edu/ UNU Online Learning] Develops online interactive learning resources


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