United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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    UNU expert Thomas Abeling wins DKKV Young Researcher Award

    UNU expert and young researcher Thomas Abeling was awarded the “Young Researcher Award” for best presentation at the 14th Forum of the DKKV (Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge) earlier this month. |Read more

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    The harsh reality of climate migration

    Our lead scientist Koko Warner talks about the devastating effect of migration due to Climate Change with ZDF in the clip above. As ZDF reports, the consequences of climate change have forced between 2008 and 2012 approximately 144 million people to leave their homes . And the number is growing. |Read more

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    Pressemitteilung: BBK und UNU unterzeichnen Kooperationsvertrag

    Christoph Unger, Präsident des Bundesamtes für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK), und Professor Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Direktor des Institutes für Umwelt und menschliche Sicherheit der Universität der Vereinten Nationen (UNU-EHS), haben heute einen Kooperationsvertrag unterzeichnet. |Read more

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    Presseeinladung: Bevölkerungsschutz in der internationalen Ausbildung - BBK und UNU schließen Kooperationsvertrag

    Am Montag, den 10. November 2014 werden Christoph Unger, Präsident des BBK, und Professor Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Direktor des UNU Institutes für Umwelt und menschliche Sicherheit, den Vertrag unterzeichnen. |Read more

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    MECLEP Project: first study visit to Haiti

    The first Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project study visit in Haiti, was conducted in mid-September 2014 by Andrea Milan from the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Susanne Melde from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). |Read more

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    World Risk Report 2014

    The 2014 World Risk Report (WRR 2014) published by UNU-EHS and the Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (BEH) systematically considers a country’s vulnerability, and its exposure to natural hazards to determine a ranking of countries around the world based on their disaster risk. |Read more

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    Accepting final applications!:UNU-EHS and UPEACE online course on climate change and the law

    A few spots are still available for the UNU-EHS and UPEACE new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. This six week online course will be co-taught by experts from both institutions and will take place from October 6 to November 14, 2014. |Read more

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    UNU at Climate Summit 2014

    23 September 2014, New York City – As part of the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations University (UNU) hosted a thematic session on “The Economic case for Climate Action”. The session featured leaders and world renowned experts from China, India, Mexico, and the U.S. |Read more

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    UNU supporting UN Climate Summit 2014

    UNU is delighted to be supporting the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York. UNU will be hosting a thematic session on the “Economic Case for Climate Action” with global leaders and world renowned experts from China, India, Mexico, and the United States. |Read more

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    Weltrisikobericht 2014

    Der diesjährige Bericht beinhaltet neben dem WeltRisikoIndex für das Jahr 2014 das Thema Risikoraum Stadt. Der Weltrisikoindex errechnet dabei das Katastrophenrisko für 171 Ländern und zeigt globale Hotspots auf. Die Risikoanalyse betrachtet dabei nicht ausschließlich wie oft und wie stark ein Naturereignis (z.B. ein Erdbeben) Menschen bedroht, sondern auch die Verwundbarkeit von Gesellschaften - also beispielsweise die Lebensverhältnisse von Menschen in einem Land. |Read more

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