Licensed under the Creative Commons Deed Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0"
UNU has focused a substantial proportion of its efforts on the pursuit of sustainable development
and this report is aimed at providing an outline of some of the key research findings and capacity
development activities that have resulted. The report begins with a list of key recommendations
for consideration at the World Summit on Sustainable Development that have been generated
through UNU’s research over the last decade and the remainder of the report outlines the research
upon which these recommendations are based. The second section provides an assessment
of the state of affairs in relation to particular chapters of Agenda 21 that have been addressed
through UNU research. As a key aspect of UNU’s mandate is to understand and resolve “pressing
global problems of human survival, development, and welfare” UNU has also aimed to highlight
key sustainable development priorities that were not specifically addressed within Agenda
21 and these are outlined in the subsequent section of the report. The following section provides
a more elaborate explanation of each recommendation made by UNU in the context of its past
research and capacity building activities. The final section of the report, in keeping with the university’s
emphasis on education and capacity development, serves to highlight a representative
sample of UNU’s extensive capacity development programme.