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Research and academic activities aligned with every Sustainable Development Goal

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Peace and partnerships — topics on fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies

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UNU Council Member UNU Council Member; Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Prof. Brenda Yeoh

Professor Brenda S.A. Yeoh is a Singaporean scholar and expert in the fields of migration, social geography, and the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities.

Project 19 Jan 2038

Flexible Office: Concept for Resource Optimisation (FLORES)

This project at UNU FLORES seeks to make a significant shift from fixed desks assigned to each employee to spaces designed according to functions and needs

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SCIENCE TALK: Community Clean Energy: Lessons from the Oakland EcoBlock

improving resilience, sustainability, and quality of life through in-home energy and water-efficient upgrades, electrification, solar installations, and energy storage

News 23 May 2024

Side Event Calls for Inclusive Land Management to Safeguard Biodiversity and Livelihoods

The session was held at the 26th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 26) of the CBD in Nairobi.

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One Hundred Years of the International Drug Prohibition Regime in Latin America

On 18 June 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Mónica Serrano, Professor of International Relations at El Colegio de México.

Media Coverage 22 May 2024

UNU-EHS Featured in UN News: Accelerating Extinction Rate Triggers Domino Effect of Biodiversity Loss

UNU-EHS was featured on UN News for highlighting urgent action needed to address accelerating extinctions.

News 22 May 2024

Symposium Highlights Collaborative Efforts for Noto Peninsula Reconstruction

The event highlighted the importance of cooperation across generations, sectors and regions for a sustainable recovery from the 2024 Noto Earthquake.

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Lessons from Japanese Education and Health Care

On 10 June 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Prof. Roger Goodman, Warden of St Antony’s College.

Report 22 May 2024

From Voices to Action: Co-Creating GBV Strategies in Malaysia

UNU-IIGH and UNFPA's dialogue in Kuala Lumpur on GBV in Malaysia focused on inclusivity and survivor-centric approaches, enhancing support systems.

Blog Post 22 May 2024

Studying Food Price Dynamics in Mozambique — Insights from the Field

Market research to understand how and why food prices change is producing valuable data to support sustainable development of the Mozambican economy.