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The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization 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. In carrying out this mission, the UNU works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.

Member Projects

  1. Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA)The UNU is working in collaboration with a network of African universities to develop and test a graduate-level education programme for professionals engaged in sustainable development. 
  2. University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR)Network of universities in the Asia Pacific region collaborating to enhance education and research on adaptation to climate change and ecosystems change, and to build the emerging discipline of sustainability science.
  3. Sustainable Urban FuturesThis project explores urban sustainability in relation to climate and ecosystems, with particular reference to how to make environmental policy making at the local level more effective.
  4. Sustainable Management of Marginal DrylandsBuilding the capacity of dryland researchers to transfer their scientific findings for use in policy-level decision-making through the development of evaluation approaches fostering sustainable land and water management.
  5. Waste to Wealth: Sustainable Wastewater Management in UgandaDevelopment of robust and scalable technologies, combined with an innovative business model to tap private sector resources for sustainable wastewater management in urban informal centres and in rural communities in Uganda.