United Nations University (UNU)

5–53–70 Jingumae, Tokyo
150-8925, Japan

United Nations University

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.

UNU Institute 
for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

The UNU-IAS is a leading research and teaching institute based in Tokyo, Japan. Its mission is to advance efforts towards a more sustainable future, through policy-oriented research and capacity development focused on sustainability and its social, economic and environmental dimensions. UNU-IAS serves the international community, making valuable and innovative contributions to high-level policymaking and debates within the UN system.

UNU-IAS is one of 13 institutes and programmes which together comprise the UNU.


For more information, please visit http://ias.unu.edu/en/ or contact rceservicecentre@unu.edu 

UNU-IAS Education 
for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme

The ESD Programme aims to contribute to the effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in bridging the gap between learning and development through (a) accelerating local and regional solutions to sustainability issues; (b) re-orienting higher education for societal transformation into SD; and (c) developing SD and ESD competences and capabilities as well as a science-policy interface. 
The global multi-stakeholder network of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on ESD and the alliance of higher education institutions called Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net) are two effective vehicles for facilitating policy-relevant research that contributes to international debates and policy processes for sustainability. 

Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on ESD

An RCE is a multi-stakeholder network of existing institutions and individuals, committed to using education and learning as tools for building a sustainable future. RCEs are ideally positioned to translate global sustainable development policy and vision into local realities and undertake actions that are sensitive to contexts from local to global levels. IAU is an active partner of RCEs.  

For more information: http://www.rce-network.org/

Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education 
and Research Network (ProSPER.Net) 

ProSPER.Net is a network of 34 higher education institutions as of July 2015 in the Asia-Pacific region as of December 2014, all of which are committed to working together to integrate sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula, through a series of activities involving research and capacity building.

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RCE Biodiversity Publication & Video

UNU-IAS and the RCE Network have launched a new publication on Engaging Communities for Biodiversity Conservation

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