The United Nations University is ranked among the world’s top-ten government-affiliated think tanks, according to the 2010 Global Go-To Think Tank Ranking report (“Think Tank Index”), and its World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is among the world’s top-ten international development think tanks.
The 2010 Think Tank Index, released yesterday, ranks the global UNU system as number 7 in the “Best Government-Affiliated Think Tanks” category, and UNU-WIDER as number 7 in the “International Development Think Tanks” category.
The 2010 Think Tank Index rankings are distilled from almost 5,500 nominated think tanks in every region of the world, and based on a worldwide survey of some 1,500 scholars, journalists, policy makers and peers from almost 120 countries. The survey is conducted annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
“Even though we know that such rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, we are very pleased that the United Nations University was evaluated so positively,” said UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder. “It confirms the success of our continuing efforts, as an academic and research organization within the United Nations, to serve as a bridge between the UN system and the international academic and policy-making communities.”
The judgment criteria for the rankings included an institution’s ability to retain top-level analysts and scholars, the richness and rigor of its research, its access to policy makers, and its ability to influence policy decisions in such diverse domains as international security, globalization and governance, the international economy, the environment, poverty reduction, and global health.
Dr. James G. McGann, Director of Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and Assistant Director of the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, introduced the 2010 Think Tank Index at UN Headquarters on 18 January 2011. A video of his presentation will be appended here as soon as it is available.