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UNU – United Nations University

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In 1969, UN Secretary-General U Thant (Secretary-General) proposed the creation of a United Nations University (UNU) in order to strengthen the international scientific co-operation on the basis of problem-orientated, multi-disciplinary research activities about world problems. The General Assembly ratified the establishment of the UNU with Headquarters in Tokyo in resolution A/RES/2951 (XXVII) of 11 December 1972. The UNU consists of: (a) a Council which serves as the governing board of the University; (b) a Rector; (c) a University Centre with a staff responsible to the Rector; and (d) the already abovementioned research and training centres and programmes. The UNU receives no funds from the regular budget of the UN. UNUs present activities are grouped in two main programme areas: peace and governance, and environment and sustainable development.

Keywords: General Assembly; UN Secretary-General U Thant; United Nations University (UNU)



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