What is UNITAR ?
- UNITAR Executive Director
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, serving some 40,000 beneficiaries annually by conducting close to 500 training learning, capacity development and research activities around the world. UNITAR empowers individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges.
UNITAR’s training targets two key groups of beneficiaries: the delegates to the United Nations and others who develop intergovernmental agreements establishing global norms, policies, and programmes, and the key national change agents who turn the global agreements into action at the national level. The majority of the Institute’s beneficiaries are from developing countries, including the Least Developed Countries. UNITAR offers various training and capacity-development activities in the thematic areas of Capacity for the 2030 Agenda, Strengthening multilateralism; Promoting economic development and social inclusion; Advancing environmental sustainability and green development; Promoting sustainable peace; and Improving Resilience and Humanitarian Assistance.
UNITAR is the only United Nations entity to establish a presence in the symbolic city of Hiroshima, in response to the desire of its people and authorities to contribute more actively to global peace and development. The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, established in 2003, has an inherent strength in the areas of peace building, post-conflict reconstruction and disarmament as well as the broader themes of international peace and human security. The Hiroshima Office develops and delivers focused and relevant needs-based training, including annual Fellowships and on-demand training programmes, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for a wide-range of beneficiaries.
Message from UNITAR Hiroshima Office
The years since the 2003 establishment of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office (HO) have been intense and challenging, yet have also provided many opportunities for learning and growth. We believe that “teaching is the best way of learning” and have strived to create an environment where no distinctions exist between ‘resource persons’, ‘participants’ or UNITAR ‘staff’. It may be our team’s most significant achievement.
The core HO programme thematic areas, identified jointly with partners in Hiroshima and globally, include:
- Peace Building and Post Conflict Reconstruction
- Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
- Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites
- Human Security and the Environment
HO’s programmes are supported by a range of government and private organizations, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Hiroshima Prefectural Government, and Hiroshima Municipal Government. In addition, substantive contributions and participation by local and international universities, as well as other domestic and global bodies, ensure the highest standards of professional and academic excellence.
More than 9,000 participants have engaged in UNITAR HO training activities since 2003. That number includes a large number of experts who have travelled from 61 countries around the world to attend UNITAR training activities in Hiroshima. UNITAR also engages with Japanese citizens by inviting leading academics, diplomats, politicians and activists for short Executive Workshops and Roundtables, with a cumulative total of more than 7,000 attendees to over 125 such activities since inception.
Many experts attending HO sessions are deeply impressed by the experience of Japan and particularly, Hiroshima. They are moved by a city of great contrasts – devastation and recovery, tragedy and hope, sombre reflection and modern prosperity. Hiroshima propels visitors to open their minds and hearts, it focuses thoughts, meditation, prayer and action – making us remember our common humanity. It is an ideal place for the process of learning.
Over the past 71 years, Hiroshima has made great efforts to recreate itself both as a social and commercial centre, and as a powerful symbol of a people’s desire for peace. This is the context where UNITAR operates – inspired to convey Hiroshima’s peace message throughout its activities. (as of April 2016.)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office
5F, 5-44, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan
Tel:082-511-2424 ／ Fax:082-211-0511