UNU-EHS and its projects reflect the overall mission of UNU: “Advancing
Knowledge for Human Security and Development”. Following the mission,
UNU-EHS spearheads research and capacity building activities of UNU in
the broad interdisciplinary field of ‘risk and vulnerability’, which is
also reflected in the projects of UNU-EHS.
In trying to resolve the many and serious global challenges – from
poverty to weak governance to humanitarian emergencies – facing the
world today, there is growing emphasis on the critical contribution of
knowledge. This is particularly true in a globalizing world, where there
is a shift towards a knowledge-based society. The production and
dissemination of knowledge to all is also important for the UN System. UNU-EHS contributes to more in-depth knowledge and better
understanding of major processes, including scenarios for change and
improvement as well as of the core institutions involved.
In selecting the programmes and projects of the University, assessment
is based on a number of criteria:
relevance to UN priorities
extent of the problem and the potential for replicability of solutions
relevance to developing countries
relation of the issue to a
critical gap in knowledge or capacity
comparative advantage of UNU-EHS.