A research and teaching institute dedicated to realizing a sustainable future for people and our planet

UNU Building in Tokyo, Japan

Based in Tokyo, Japan, UNU-IAS serves the international community by producing evidence-based knowledge and solutions to inform policymaking and address priority issues for the UN system. It applies innovative approaches and research methods to challenge conventional thinking and develop creative solutions to emerging issues of global concern.

Our research, education and training engage a global network of scholars and partner institutions, driving connections between policymakers and the science and academic communities to realize sustainable solutions. UNU-IAS integrates expertise across four thematic areas: governance for sustainable development, biodiversity & society, water & resource management and innovation & education. Through field-based research, including an operating unit in Kanazawa City (Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan), we are developing models for localizing the SDGs and other global agendas by building multi-stakeholder partnerships.

UNU-IAS postgraduate education advances the broader transformation towards sustainability in society — producing the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow, who will be at the forefront of global efforts for sustainability. We offer master’s and doctoral degrees, postdoctoral fellowships, and innovative short courses, in close collaboration with leading universities in Japan and other countries.

UNU-IAS was established in 2014 through the consolidation of two previous UNU institutes.


United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability 

5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Tel: +81 3 5467 1212