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UNU-CPR Celebrates Ten Years

UNU-CPR has evolved to become a leading research institute tightly focused on developing solutions for new and emerging challenges.

UNU-CPR was founded in 2014 to carry out policy-focused research and capacity building on issues of strategic interest and importance to the UN and its Member States.    

Founded in Tokyo, the Centre subsequently moved to its current headquarters in New York in 2018 to be close to the UN Secretariat, UN permanent Missions, and other UN agencies and entities. In 2022, UNU-CPR also established an office in Geneva, with the generous support of the Government of Switzerland, to help expand the Centre’s support across the UN system, collaborate with the full range of policy actors in International Geneva, and help bridge the policy ecosystems in Geneva and New York. 

Today, a decade after its founding, UNU-CPR is an agile, demand-driven research institute with an international team of experts and research partners spread across the world, both within and outside of the UN. The Centre has become a hub for policy innovation, prioritizing urgent policy needs that require innovative, practical solutions oriented toward immediate implementation and sustainability over the long term.  

Our experts regularly brief Member States and UN organs, including the Security Council; their perspectives are published in prestigious outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times; and we regularly disseminate reports, policy briefs, and discussion papers on a range of subjects.  

The Centre has forged strategic partnerships with a range of relevant actors, including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Peacebuilding Support Office, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

In 2023, UNU-CPR supported the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB). Acting as Secretariat for HLAB, the Centre was instrumental in the planning, development, and promotion of the HLAB advisory report which provided innovative and practical recommendations to strengthen the multilateral system.

Other notable achievements include several thematic reviews for the UN’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) on key aspects of its work – helping to identify lessons learned and develop recommendations to enhance PBSO programming; leading global efforts to mobilize the financial sector to address modern slavery and human trafficking; and advancing ideas to strengthen the global governance of data and artificial intelligence. 

UNU-CPR enters its second decade with a solid foundation to build upon, enhancing its offer to the UN system during a time of increasing pressures on the multilateral system as the organization is forced to navigate growing and increasingly complex challenges. Last year, looking ahead to new and emerging priorities, UNU-CPR launched a research programme on Anticipatory Action, which is helping to position the Centre as a leading authority on risk preparedness. 

While the future is uncertain, and the challenges we face collectively are in many cases unprecedented, UNU-CPR will strive to be at the forefront of relevant policy discussions for another decade and beyond. Events held this year to celebrate our first ten years will also be used to advance new ideas that the UN system, Member States, and others can adopt to navigate the challenges ahead.   

Suggested citation: "UNU-CPR Celebrates Ten Years ," United Nations University, UNU-CPR, 2024-01-03, https://unu.edu/cpr/article/unu-cpr-celebrates-ten-years.

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