The United Nations University (UNU) has announced that the UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona will cease operations on 31 December 2018.
UNU-GCM was officially launched in September 2013 to contribute to “good governance, democracy and human rights through a better understanding of culture and mobility in the context of globalization”.
Over the past five years, the Institute has made major contributions to the understanding of human rights in the context of a globalised world, characterised by human mobility and transnational movements. UNU-GCM has also engaged closely with other agencies of the UN system on international migration, coordinating UNU’s 2017 Chairmanship of the Global Migration Group.
UNU Rector David Malone expresses his warm thanks and appreciation to UNU-GCM Director Parvati Nair and her team for their outstanding work.
From 2013 to 2018, UNU-GCM received core funding from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport; the Generalitat of Catalonia; and the Barcelona City Council. UNU thanks its stakeholders in Spain for generously hosting this UNU institute and for frequently partnering with the UNU in the dissemination of UNU-GCM’s work.
The UNU-GCM website will continue to be accessible, but no further updates will be made. Outputs of UNU-GCM research (reports, policy briefs, articles, etc.) are available for download from UNU Collections.
As of 1 January 2019, former UNU-GCM Director Parvati Nair will join the UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe as Special Adviser on Migration. Drawing on migration-related work elsewhere in the UNU system, and new migration-related research developed in-house, UNU-ViE will also serve as UNU’s focal point for engagement with the newly formed United Nations Migration Network.
For the latest UNU research and activities related to the topic of migration, visit https://migration.unu.edu/.
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