The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer, with overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the University. The Rector holds the rank of UN Under-Secretary-General.
The UNU Council is responsible for devising the principles and policies that govern the University’s operations, and for considering and approving the budget and work programme.
The University is comprised of 13 institutes and programmes located in 12 countries each with its own Director, advisory board and staff.
As part of the UN family of organizations, the University maintains close working relationships with other UN agencies, programmes, commissions, funds and convention secretariats. In order to enhance these collaborations, two liaison offices are maintained at the UN Secretariat in New York and at UNESCO in Paris.