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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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Research Brief

  1. Policy and Institutional Mechanisms to Address the Needs of Climate-Related Migrants

    The third UNU-EHS Research Brief presents the results of the 2010 Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability. The main messages point towards proactive policy discussion about current and expected impacts of climate change on society, and ways to adjust current institutional management of migration and displacement to manage some of these changes. Editors are Michelle Leighton, Xiaomeng Shen, Koko Warner and Michael Zissener.

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  2. The Way Forward. Researching the Environment and Migration Nexus

    The 2nd issue of the Research Brief Series entitled "The Way Forward. Researching the Environment and Migration Nexus" deals with possible future migration flows triggered by climate change. The issue based on the outcomes of the second Expert Workshop on Climate Change, Environment, and Migration is written by two UNU-EHS scientists: Marc Stal and Koko Warner. The workshop aimed to further understand the links and implications of climate change and environmental degradation for migration and policy and took place in Munich, Germany, in July 2009 . |Read more

  3. First Issue of the New Research Brief Series Now Available!

    “Confronting Environmental Migration; A Framework for Research, Policy and Practice” is the first issue of our new Research Brief series. The authors, David Wrathall and Benjamin Morris, are two PhD candidates that participated in the UNU-EHS MRF Summer Academy on Environmental Change, Migration and Social Vulnerability 2008.

    The research brief summarizes key findings of a series of events dedicated to forced migration organised by UNU-EHS. It aims to identify crucial issues on the subject to put together a research agenda in the field of environmental migration.

    Download the new research brief, "Confronting Environmental Migration; A Framework for Research, Policy and Practice". |Read more