VisionA world where people are safe from environmental risks and prosper in harmony with nature
MissionKnowledge for a sustainable world - We unite science, policy and practice

The United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), located in Bonn, is a think tank focusing on advancing human security and well-being by reducing current and future risks from environmental hazards and climate change.


The main areas of work at UNU-EHS are "Risk and Adaptation" and "Transformation". Within each of these two departments, the institute has several complementary work streams.

EHS organigram

Flagship Publication

Through co-creation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing, both areas contribute to UNU-EHS’s flagship publication: the Interconnected Disaster Risks report.


UNU-EHS offers the joint Master of Science degree programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” with the University of Bonn. UNU-EHS also hosts a number of international PhD projects and capacity-development courses on global issues of environmental risks and sustainable development.

Find out more about UNU-EHS projects, publications and people on this website.

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