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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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SCYCLE is the first Operating Unit of UNU-IAS located in Germany. SCYCLE became operational on 1 January 2010 and integrates the activities of the former UNU/ZEF European Focal Point into its framework. SCYCLE

  • Conducts research on eco-structuring towards sustainable societies
  • Develops interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships
  • Undertakes education, training and capacity development
  • Facilitates and disseminates practical, science-based recommendations to the United Nations and its Agencies, governments, scholars, industry and the public

SCYCLE also hosts the Secretariat of the Step (Solving the E-waste Problem) Initiative.

Please visit the official UNU-IAS website.


Ruediger Kuehr Head
Claudia Luepschen Research Associate
Romona Anton Administrative Programme Associate
Sunghee Choi Programme Assistant
Jaco Huisman Scientific Advisor
Otmar Deubzer Senior Advisor
Kees Baldé Consultant
Federico Magalini Research Associate
Deepali Sinha-Khetriwal Project Manager
Wesley Crock Research Associate
Feng Wang PhD Researcher/Research Associate
Elaine Ezekiel Editor


  • United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  • 5-53-70 Jingumae
  • Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925
  • Japan
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