United Nations Research and Training Institutes

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Date established



GA res. 2951 (XXVII)(1972)

The UN University (UNU) was established by GA res. 2951 (XXVII)(1972) as an autonomous organ of the General Assembly. 

The Resolution provided that the University:

  • Be a system of academic institutions, rather than an inter-governmental organisation
  • Compromise a central programming and coordinating body along with a decentralised network of affilated research, teaching and training institution
  • Be integrated into the world university community, and devoted to research into "pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare" and to post-graduate training and teaching of zoung scholars and researchers(particularaly those from devleoping countries)
  • Have a special mandate to alleviate the intellectual isolation of academics in developing countries by organising worldwide networks of collaborating scholars and research institutions
  • Be funded by voluntary contributions(from governments,international organisations foundations, universities and others).

The UNU mission is to contribute- through collaborative research research, education and capacity development, and advisory services-to efforts to resolve the pressings global problems of human survival, development and welfare.

UNU undertakes a wide range of acitivities focused on knowledge generation(basic and applied research, and foresight and policy studies), education and capacity development(developing human and organisational capabilities), and knowledge transfer and sharing (communications, dissemination and outreach).

The University's academic activities are coordinated and carried out by the UNU centre in tokyo and a network of UNU

Research and Training Centres and Programmes(RTC/Ps) located in 13 UN Member States around the world. This core UNU system is assisted by a global network of UNU

Associated Institution and cooperating institution and scholars


53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuza-ku, Tokyo 150-8925
Telephone: (+81 3) 5467 1212
Fax: (+81 3) 3499 2828