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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Expert Groups and Networks

UNU-EHS operates through large networks of partners but is also a coordinator or a key member of a few networks and working groups that specifically address research and/or capacity development questions that fall under the mandate of the Institute.

Since its creation, UNU-EHS has set-up, coordinated and moderated the Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability which has met annually since 2005 and from which several peer-reviewed publications have been prepared and published. For a few years now, UNU-EHS has collaborated within the UN/ISDR Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) with contributions to many events including the UN/ISDR Global Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction. UNU-EHS is also a core member of the Climate Change, Environment and Migration Alliance (CCEMA) which aims is to bring migration considerations to the environment, development, and climate change agendas. UNU-EHS is a member of the IASC Task Force on Climate Change and Human Mobility. Since 2006, UNU-EHS has coordinated the Social Vulnerability Network.

UNU-EHS hosts the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), a network of scientists and experts informing the UNFCCC on risk management alternatives to complement adaptation to climate change.

Since 2006 UNU-EHS has established close links with the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative which is now hosted by the SCYCLE (Sustainable Cycles) Operating Unit of our sister institute UNU-ISP (Institute for Sustainability and Peace).