August 29, 2011 Tokyo
The United Nations University (UNU) 2010 Annual Report is now available online in downloadable PDF format.
In an age of increasing risks, it is important not only to research and better understand both natural and man-made threats, but also to find new approaches and to ensure that our knowledge and insights are transfered to future generations.
In this regard, UNU “sees one of its main tasks to engage in research and capacity building in selected areas of problems that are crucial for achieving the strategic goal of sustainable development,” says UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder.
“With this in mind, our aim is to establish strong partnerships among researchers, teachers and students from both the developing and developed worlds, thus strengthening the flow of ideas and knowledge and contributing to the building of much-needed new capacities.”
The UNU 2010 Annual Report highlights milestones and achievements of UNU institutes in five key thematic clusters: Peace, Security and Human Rights; Human Development and Good Governance; Global Health, Population and Sustainable Livelihoods; Global Change and Sustainable Development; and Science, Technology, Innovation and Society. It also reports on developments in establishing UNU’s ”twin institutes” (such as the twinning of UNU institutes in Tokyo and Accra, Ghana) and in expanding the University as a true global graduate school.
Throughout 2010, UNU also continued to serve the United Nations and its Member States with scientifically-founded advice and focused research. In a recent ranking of over 6,000 leading global think tanks, UNU ranked seventh in the “Best Government-affiliated Think Tanks” category.
“We will continue to focus our efforts on securing the quality and usefulness of the UN University’s work, strengthening collaboration with our partners and our host countries, and making our voice heard worldwide. In this way, we aspire to make a valuable contribution to solving the critical problems that face humanity, thereby furthering and strengthening sustainability in all aspects of life,” says Rector Osterwalder.