The United Nations University (UNU), established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with diplomatic status as a UN institution. Since 2010, UNU has been authorized by the United Nations General Assembly to grant degrees. It also provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic, policy-making and private sector communities.
The university is headed by a rector who holds the rank of Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.
Institutes and programmes
The academic work of the United Nations University is carried out by a global system of research and training institutes and programmes.
- UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Bruges, Belgium
- UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany
- UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany
- UNU Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan (will be merged with UNU –ISP)
- UNU International Institute for Global Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macao, China
- UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa in Accra, Ghana
- UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) in Tokyo, Japan
- UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology in Maastricht, Netherlands
- UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada
- UNU Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) in Caracas, Venezuela
- UNU Food and Nutrition Programme for Human and Social Development (UNU-FNP) in Ithaca, United States
- UNU Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in Reykjavik, Iceland
- UNU Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Reykjavik, Iceland
- UNU Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT) in Reykjavik, Iceland
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