The Institute

An autonomous United Nations (UN) body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education and training of public policy officials.

UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in conflict situations.  The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of supporting capacity for the 2030 Agenda, strengthening multilateralism, advancing environmental sustainability and green development, improving resilience and humanitarian assistance, promoting sustainable peace, and promoting economic development and social inclusion.

It also conducts research on innovative learning approaches, methods, and tools, as well as applied research to address critical issues, such as disaster risk reduction and humanitarian emergencies.


Our Vision

“A world in which knowledge-empowered people, institutions and organizations achieve results to overcome global challenges.”

The vision for which the Institute aims reflects a drive for results and programming to develop the capacities of individuals, institutions and organizations with a view to overcoming global challenges.


Our Mission

“To develop capacities to enhance global decision-making and to support country level action for shaping a better future.”


Our Core Functions

The Institute:

  • designs and delivers innovative training to address needs of individuals, organizations and institutions;
  • facilitates knowledge and experience-sharing through networked and innovative processes;
  • conducts research on and pilots innovative learning strategies, approaches and methodologies; and
  • advises and supports governments, UN and other partners with technology-based knowledge-related services.


Please visit UNITAR’s website for additional information and resources.