An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (www.unitar.org) is a 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 situations.
An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (www.unitar.org) is a 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. Read More >
Vision, Mission & Core Functions
The vision for which the Institute aims reflects a drive for results and programming to develop the capacities of individuals, institutions and organizations with a view to overcoming global challenges.
Today, the scope of UNITAR programming is truly global with an outreach spanning the entire membership of the United Nations and with over 40,000 individuals benefitting from the delivery of some 500 training and related events yearly. Never before has the Institute’s programming been as diverse as it is presently, with a wide range of learning and other types of events covering topics in the broad areas of multilateralism; economic development and social inclusion; environmental sustainability and green development; sustainable peace; and research and technology applications. Read more >
History & Statute
The Institute recently celebrated its 50th anniversary since inception with commemoration events organized in New York and Geneva.
The creation of UNITAR occurred at the most opportune time in the history of the UN, coinciding with the addition of 36 States since 1960, including 28 African States. That unprecedented wave of decolonization created a critical need for assistance, as many of the newly-independent States lacked the capacity to train their young diplomats. Shaped by its first four Executive Directors originally from newly-independent African States, the Institute’s vision of training was developed in light of the very needs and priorities of recipient countries.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research delivers innovative training and conducts research across multiple thematic areas including multilateralism, economic development and social inclusion, environmental sustainability and green development, sustainable peace, resilience and humanitarian assistance. Read more >
UNITAR's new vision of training and capacity-building is based on the conviction that partnerships constitute a master-piece in international, national and local efforts to initiate change.
Through the Institute-wide reform, new orientations for partnerships and relations with UN Member States, UN institutions, governments, intergovernmental organizations, academies and the private sector have been designed to provide UNITAR’s units and programmes with a framework to support our goals.
A strategic partnership can improve synergies for both beneficiaries and contributes to an overall increase in institutional capacity. Investing in people is fundamental to deliver as one, excel in response to training needs, and innovate. Through partnerships with governments, academies, intergovernmental organizations, the private companies, foundations and the civil society, it makes it possible for UNITAR to consolidate and extend its capacity to provide a global platform for knowledge transfer. Read more >
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