An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute
for Training and Research (www.unitar.org) is a dedicated training arm of
the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the
effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, and to increase the
impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education and
training of public policy officials.
UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist
mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed
Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups
and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in conflict
The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of Peace
(promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies), People and social
inclusion (promote people’s well-being and support equitable
representation of countries in global decision-making fora), Planet,
environmental protection and restoration, and climate change (Support the
conservation, restoration and safeguarding of our planet for present and
future generations), Prosperity through sustainable economic growth
(Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth), and Cross-fertilizing
knowledge (Optimizing the use of technology and supporting coherence for
the 2030 Agenda).
It also conducts research on innovative learning approaches, methods, and
tools, as well as applied research to address critical issues, such as
disaster risk reduction and humanitarian emergencies.