“A world in which individuals, institutions and organizations are equipped with the knowledge, skills and other capacities to overcome global challenges.” Such is the vision of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the 24th and latest addition to the UN family in Bonn. Created in 1963, UNITAR is headquartered in Geneva, operating with offices in the United States (New York) and Japan (Hiroshima) and with project offices in Nigeria, South Sudan and Kenya.
Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering a variety of capacity-building activities. The Institute has become a leading provider of customized and creative learning solutions for organizations and individuals from both public and private sectors as a means for enhancing global decision-making and supporting country-level action to shape a better future. The strategic opening of the UNITAR Bonn office in September 2020 increases UNITAR’s foci on research and on delivering more analytical work linked to high-quality products and services.
The UNITAR Bonn office will provide a unique blend of applied research and high-quality learning opportunities for professionals from both the public and private sector spheres. The beneficiary groups will be from developing countries and small island states, as well as groups and communities in vulnerable or conflict-stricken situations. By supporting the spread of real innovation toward an inclusive and sustainable future, the UNITAR Bonn office will also prioritize post-industrialized countries, which often have unsustainable patterns and thus endanger limited natural resources and the well-being of future generations.
Since 1st September 2020, two UNITAR thematic pillars, the Division for Planet and the Division for Peace, have joined Bonn’s UN Campus. Following a recent agreement, UNITAR now co-hosts the Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE) with the United Nations University as a means for gradually integrating SCYCLE projects and services by the end of 2021. The SCYCLE programme focuses on promoting concepts of a circular economy that originate out of previous approaches to achieving sustainability, such as Zero Emissions/Waste, Industrial Ecology, Natural Capitalism, Factor X, the Natural Step and Cradle to Cradle principles. SCYCLE provides a one-stop shop for research and training associated with the production, usage and disposal of ubiquitous goods (such as electronics, batteries and automotive) and works with multiple partners across industry, business, regions and municipalities, as well as across academia and non-governmental actors.
UNITAR’s Division for Peace will increase its activities focused on conflict prevention and mediation, pre-deployment training, Rule of Law, Youth and Women Empowerment, post-conflict stabilization and Resilience and Recovery out of the Bonn office.
Moreover, the UNITAR Bonn office will take over research and trainings outsourced from other UN organizations and will play a leading role in informing and educating the public regarding the UN’s deliverables to the population of Bonn, North-Rhine Westphalia and Germany as a way of empowering change and transforming lives.