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-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.

Selection Process

In selecting the programmes and projects of the University, assessment is based on a number of criteria:

  • relevance to UN priorities
  • the 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
  • distinct comparative advantage of UNU-EHS.