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Our Vision

“A world in which individuals, institutions and organizations are equipped with the knowledge, skills and other capacities 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 the individual, institutional and organizational capacities of countries and other United Nations stakeholders through high-quality learning solutions and related knowledge products and services to enhance decision making and to support country-level action for overcoming global challenges.”

Our Core Functions

  • Providing high-quality learning solutions to address the capacity development needs of individuals, organizations and institutions;

  • Advising and supporting governments, the UN and other partners with knowledge services, including those that are technology-based;

  • Facilitating knowledge and experience sharing through networked and innovative processes; and

  • Integrating innovative strategies, approaches and methodologies into our learning and related knowledge products and services.


Today, the scope of UNITAR programming is truly global with an outreach spanning the entire membership of the United Nations and with over 40,000 individuals benefitting from the delivery of some 500 training and related events yearly. Never before has the Institute’s programming been as diverse as it is presently, with a wide range of learning and other types of events covering topics in the broad areas of multilateralism; economic development and social inclusion; environmental sustainability and green development; sustainable peace; and research and technology applications.

The Institute has also greatly diversified the delivery of training, with e-Learning courses now accounting for one-third of all events and with over 5,000 learners from all corners of the world benefitting from the Institute’s virtual learning environment in 2012. In carrying out its mission, the Institute naturally places much emphasis on delivering learning-related products and services, on transferring knowledge, imparting skills and raising awareness with an aim to bring about changes in behavior, and to develop other capacities of its beneficiaries.

Parallel to learning, the Institute also engages in training-related and other advisory support services to governments at achieving broader social and economic development outcomes, such as developing institutional capacities.


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