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    Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace

    The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) invites applications for its postgraduate programme, the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace, which starts in September 2011.

    This two year programme is intended for recent graduates, professional, and practitioners, offering the unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. The programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions towards solving global issues, whether through employment by UN agencies, other international organizations, government, civil society, or the private sector.

    Applicants for the master's degree programme must possess at least a bachelor's degree (or equivalent), and have excellent written and verbal English language skills.

    Tuition fee: USD10,000 per year
    A limited number of scholarships are available for outstanding applicants, providing support towards fees and living expenses.

    The application deadline: 31 March 2011

    For more information, and to download an application form, please visit the UNU-ISP website at:

    Contact Information:
    Admissions Office
    Master's Degree Programme
    United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
    Tel: +81-(0)3-5467-1346

  • UNU plans new "twin institute" in Germany, Mozambique

    On 11 and 12 November, UNU is organizing a workshop to solidify the scope and mission of the envisaged new UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources (UNU-FLORES). The focus of the new institute will be on sustainable management of resources, such as water, soil and waste.

    UNU-FLORES, in line with the UNU "twin institutes" concept, will have two locations: one in Dresden (Germany) and one in Maputo (Mozambique).
    The two-day scoping workshop brings together high-ranking delegates and scientists from Germany and Mozambique, as well scientists from the Africa and the Arab region, and international representatives from UN-Water and other UNU institutes worldwide to develop a strategy for the institute's initial phase.

    "I am delighted that this international workshop lays the foundation for a new UNU Institute", said UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder. "UNU-FLORES will focus on issues of crucial importance in the area of sustainability, the hallmark of UNU [and] its work will have an important North-South dimension."

    A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of UNU-FLORES will be signed in the coming weeks by UNU, the German Federal Ministry of Education and and Research, the Free State of Saxony and the Technical University of Dresden.

    Scoping Workshop Blog

    Media Release

  • Dr. Elias Ayuk of Cameroon Appointed Director of UNU-INRA

    The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Elias Takor Ayuk as Director of the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), effective 15 October 2010.
    UNU-INRA, based in Accra, Ghana, supports the building of African capacity by strengthening national institutions to promote sustainable use of the continent's natural resources for development. The aim is to help African scientists, technologists and institutions acquire capabilities to generate, adapt and apply knowledge and technology to promote the more efficient utilization of natural resources for self-reliant development. The Director has overall responsibility for the research and management of the Institute.
    "In order to accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty and provide essential services to the African populace, the continent must mobilize its diverse wealth and people in a sustained manner to build a strong knowledge base," said Dr. Ayuk. "The UNU-INRA mandate includes two pillars - capacity building and natural resources management - that are central to this effort. The UNU-INRA goal is to ensure that agents of change (scientists, policy makers and researchers) will be empowered to use their capacity, will and knowledge to catalyse change and inform policies for the sustainable management of the continent's rich natural resources."
    From 2004-2010, Dr. Ayuk was Senior Program Specialist with the Globalisation, Growth and Poverty programme at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa, in Dakar, Senegal. He had joined IDRC in 2002 as Senior Program Specialist with the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (SISERA), and served as Acting Executive Director of SISERA from 2002 to 2006.
    His previous positions included Regional Senior Policy Economist and Project Leader with the Southern African Development Community/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Agroforestry Research Project (1998-2002, Zimbabwe); Regional Policy Economist (1994-1998, Mali) and Regional Economist and Country Representative (1992-1994, Burkina Faso) with the ICRAF Semi-Arid Lowlands of West Africa Regional Program; and Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Scientist at the International Fertilizer Development Centre - Africa Office (1990-1991, Togo). He also has undertaken consultancies for the World Bank's Soil Fertility Initiative and for UNESCO's World Wide Fund for Nature.
    Dr. Ayuk holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University (USA). His areas of expertise lie in the social, economic and policy dimensions of natural resource management, marketing and modeling. He has written or co-written numerous refereed journal articles, papers and book chapters, and co-edited the 2007 book The Policy Paradox in Africa: Strengthening the Links between Economic Research and Policymaking (Africa World Press and IDRC).
    "I welcome Dr. Ayuk to the UNU family," said UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder. "UNU has pledged to step up its activities in Africa, and the appointment of Dr. Ayuk as director of UNU-INRA is a crucial step in this direction."
    To request an interview with UNU-INRA Director Elias Ayuk, please contact the UNU Office of Communications (e-mail:
    Information on UNU-INRA is available online at For more about the global UNU system, see

  • SEFI Selects UNU Rector Osterwalder as 2010 Leonardo da Vinci Medalist

    Rector Recieves Medal.JPGFrom left: Prof. Borri (who presented the laudation), President Kolmos and Prof. Osterwalder. Photo courtesy of Prof. Francesco Maffioli/SEFI.


    The European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), founded in 1973, is the largest European network of higher engineering institutions and individuals involved in engineering education. The SEFI mission is to contribute to the development and improvement of engineering education in Europe. The Leonardo da Vinci Medal, instituted in 1983, is the highest distinction that SEFI bestows. It is awarded to living persons who have made an outstanding contribution of international significance to engineering education. On 21 September, in a ceremony at the Joint International IGIP-SEFI Annual Conference in Trnava, Slovakia, UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder was presented with the 2010 Leonardo da Vinci Medal. The award recognizes both his research, his teaching and his leadership roles (including assistant and associate professor for mathematical physics at Harvard University; professor for mathematical physics at ETH Zurich; rector of ETH; member and chair of university councils in Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy; and rector of UNU).


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    Women Making Peace

    Participants of the expert's meeting. Photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun.
    2010.09.10 • UNU-ISP hosted an experts' meeting and a public forum to assess progress made towards integrating women's voices, perspectives and skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The day of events at UNU headquarters in Tokyo was organized by UNU-ISP, Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW), Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.
    In October 2000, the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a groundbreaking resolution on women, peace and security. UNSC resolution 1325 addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women, and recognized the under-valued and under-utilized contributions that women make to conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
    In the experts' meeting, scholars, activists, policy makers and UN agencies examined the impact of UNSC resolution 1325, the remaining obstacles to women's participation, and indicators to measure progress. The participants also considered the role of the newly-formed UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), which brings together four previously distinct parts of the UN system focusing exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
    Several recent UNU-ISP research projects have examined gender issues in conflict and peacebuilding, resulting in books including Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen and Albrecht Schnabel, eds., UNU Press).


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