What is UNU ?
For more than four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant research to effect positive global change. UNU maintains hundreds of collaborations with UN agencies, leading universities, and research institutions across the globe.
Message from UNU
UNU recognizes Japan’s contributions to, and support for, the UN as crucial for achieving peace, security, and sustainable development. While Japan’s financial support is important, Japan’s role as a peaceful country promoting global human security and welfare is even more important. Japan is leading by example. The country also contributes to these efforts by hosting and actively supporting UNU.
In its role as a UN think tank, UNU provides evidence-based policy advice to the UN system and to UN Member States. To better achieve this objective, the UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), based in New York, builds strong relationships with leading decision-makers, particularly in the areas of peace, international security, and global development.
Among UNU’s 13 worldwide institutes, the Tokyo-based UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) serves the international community by producing evidence-based knowledge to inform policy and address priority issues for the UN system. UNU-IAS engages a global network of scholars and partner institutions, driving interconnectedness between policymakers and the science and academic communities to realize sustainable solutions.
UNU’s research, teaching, and knowledge-sharing activities continue to build on Japan’s academic and scientific profile. UNU’s postgraduate degree programmes in Japan are designed to train the next generation of world leaders. The time these future leaders spend in Japan provides them with an understanding of Japanese culture, promoting mutual understanding and strengthening global appreciation of Japan’s role as a major UN supporter.