United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU, Eng. United Nations University ), also called World University, is an autonomous subsidiary organ of the United Nations. It was founded in 1973 with the goal of developing the future of humankind in all aspects of life on concentrated scientific basis. It is headquartered in Shibuya ( Tokyo Prefecture ) and three field offices in Paris, Bonn and New York.


It maintains a worldwide network of research and training centers. These are divided into institutes and programs.


  • Development Economics (UNU- WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland
  • Future Technologies (UNU -MERIT, UNU- INTECH formerly ) in Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Software Technology ( UNU- IIST ) in Macao, People's Republic of China
  • Natural Resources (UNU- INRA ) in Accra, Ghana
  • Water, Environment and Health ( UNU- INWEH ) in Hamilton, Canada
  • Comparable regional integration (UNU -CRIS ) in Bruges, Belgium
  • Environment and Human Security (UNU- EHS) in Bonn, Germany
  • Sustainable resource management (UNU- FLORES ) in Dresden, Germany
  • Advanced Studies ( UNU- IAS) in Yokohama, Japan
  • Cultures and religions (UNU- IIAOC ) in Barcelona, Spain
  • World Health (UNU- IIGH ) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Sustainability and Peace ( UNU- ISP) in Tokyo, Japan


  • Biotechnology ( UNU- BIOLAC ) in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Nutrition programs (UNU- FNP ) in New York, USA
  • Programs in Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland ) Fisheries ( UNU- FTP)
  • Geothermal (UNU- GTP)
  • Land restoration (UNU- LRT)

Interdisciplinary Community

From traditional universities, it differs in that it has neither a fixed faculty, nor gives any academic degrees. Rather, it is an international, interdisciplinary community of trained scientists that arises with their research and teaching on global challenges for a safe and sustainable future of mankind.

The UNU is funded from an endowment fund of the Member States of the United Nations.