United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global research and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UNU is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States, working with leading universities and research institutes and functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.

The University encompasses 14 institutes located in 12 countries around the world. Through postgraduate teaching activities, UNU contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries. As part of the UN family of organisations, the University maintains close working relationships with other UN agencies, programmes, commissions, funds and convention secretariats.

The UN University undertakes cross-cultural, interdisciplinary research (utilising innovative, science-based techniques and methodologies to study important global processes and elaborate forward-looking solutions) and targeted foresight and policy studies (aimed at developing policy-relevant prescriptions and evaluating the feasibility and comparative advantages of each option). It provides postgraduate-level education (degree-oriented programmes and specialised training focused on problems and solutions rather than academic disciplines) and capacity development activities (aimed at helping developing and transitional countries to enhance local potential to address current problems/confront emergent challenges). It also promotes knowledge sharing and transfer (to deliver relevant information about UN University research, current scientific advances and best practices, in a timely manner and in a usable form, to those who most need it and can best use it).

As prescribed in the United Nations University Strategic Plan 2011–2014, the 26 major topics of focus of the UN University’s academic work fall within five interdependent thematic clusters:

1/ Peace, Security and Human Rights; Peace building and peace keeping, Conflict resolution and human security, Fostering dialogue among civilizations, religions and cultures, Human rights and ethics, Gender equality and mainstreaming,

2/ Human and Socio-economic Development and Good Governance; Growth and economic development, Alleviating poverty and inequalities, Good governance, Enhancing educational capacities, Fair trade, Processes and consequences of regional integration and cooperation, Leadership, management and entrepreneurship.

3/ Global Health, Population and Sustainable Livelihoods; Global health, Safe water and sanitation, Food and nutrition for human and social development, Combating HIV/AIDS, Population changes and migration.

4/ Global Change and Sustainable Development; Climate change — adaptation and mitigation, Ecological health and biodiversity, New risk and vulnerabilities, Sustainable land, agriculture and natural resources management, Green economy.

5/ Science, Technology, Innovation and Society; Science, technology and innovation, Sustainable energy futures, Sustainable urban futures, Sustainable housing and construction.

Collectively, these thematic clusters define the programme space within which the UN University undertakes its academic activities.

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UN peacekeepers from South Africa in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

Realism should guide the next generation of UN peacekeeping

The UN's mandate must evolve to navigate new realities that include intra-state wars, non-state actors, and transnational crime.
Rumah rusak akibat gempa bumi di Balaroa, Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, 11 Oktober 2018. Setidaknya 2,045 orang tewas akibat gempa dan tsunami di Sulawesi Tengah. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Setelah bencana Palu dan Lombok: sebuah babak baru tata kelola bencana di Indonesia?

Kota dan kabupaten di Indonesia harus memiliki perencanaan tata ruang yang peka terhadap bencana atau bahkan mempromosikan budaya keselamatan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari publik.
A destroyed house in an earthquake-devastated area at Balaroa village in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 11 2018. It’s reported at least 2,045 people have died as a result of earthquakes that hit central Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

After the Palu and Lombok disasters: a new chapter of disaster governance in Indonesia?

The last two major disasters show that Indonesia needs to embrace a new chapter in its disaster risk governance.
Heads of state attended the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on June 9, 2018. Top row: European Council president Donald Tusk, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Bottom row: Seychelles President Danny Faure, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. US president Donald Trump’s recent protectionist moves were at the top of the agenda. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Trade war with the United States: a positive outcome for Europe?

After the G7 fiasco, it's clear that a trade war is in the making. US justifications of "national security concerns" for its tariffs suggest a legitimate target for EU countermeasures: coal.
Semakin besar jumlah uang tunai yang beredar, semakin besar ekonomi bawah tanah, dengan asumsi transaksi bawah tanah umumnya terjadi dalam betuk pembayaran tunai, sehingga tidak meninggalkan jejak untuk pejabat berwenang. www.shutterstock.com/Wara1982

E-government’ dapat mengurangi ekonomi bawah tanah dan meningkatkan penerimaan pajak

Ekonomi bawah tanah-berbagai aktivitas yang tidak masuk pencatatan negara-menghambat Indonesia mencapai potensi penerimaan pajak
Climate crusaders: President Macron, right, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg after a June 2 meeting at the Elysee Palace, following the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement. Christophe Petit Tesson/Reuters

Cities rally around the Paris deal, a reminder that global problems can have local solutions

International problems and local policies are integrally interwoven, whether the nationalists in Washington like it or not.
Refugees or migrants? When it comes to children who cross international borders without papers, there’s no easy answer. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred

There are refugees, there are migrants and then there are the millions of people who live in legal limbo because they defy easy categorisation. But everyone is just looking for a place to call home.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Global compact on migration should focus on harnessing its win-win benefits

In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
Bill Nye the Science Guy leads a crowd of scientists in the April 22 2017 March on Science in Washington, DC. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Yes, climate change matters: international scientists appeal to Trump on his first 100 days

Scientists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe take on the White House with facts from the ground they stand on.

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