U. N.Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established in 1965 at the request of  resolution NO 1934 VII determined by General Assembly’ on December 11, 1963. The functions of UNITAR include training and research. In the past few decades, UNITAR has emphasized on training member countries while it delivered only training-related research. In 1987, the General Assembly announced that the main function of UNITAR be training, and the research be sponsored by Special Purpose Grants. In 1993, the General Assembly further suggested that non-training activities be transferred to appropriate organizations of United Nations. Hence, UNITAR has been focusing on training and training-related research. The training programs have been changed a lot, especially after the establishment of United Nations Staff College that took the programs former undertook by UNITAR.





The mission of UNITAR is to raise the efficiency of the United Nations in maintaining peace and security and promoting economic and social development, to deliver training for both diplomats and foreign languages talents dealing with multilateral and bilateral activities and to conduct special research on issues of United Nations’ functions and objectives.


The methods of training embrace training course and seminar. The activities are comprised of training and research. According to 47/227 resolution, however, the non-training activities will be decreased while the training ones will be increased.


UNITAR owns hundreds of publications covering all fields of social events including world peace, social security, economy, etc.





1.        Board of Trustees


A fund committee with no less than 11 up to 30 members was established by the resolution of Secretary General of the United Nations, president of General Assembly and president of the Economic and Social Council. The committee may include one or more officials from United Nations Secretary. The term of office is 3 years.

Responsibilities of Board of Trustees are formulating principals and policies for UNITAR activities, setting up conditions and procedures for fund application, considering and authorizing work program and budget submitted by UNITAR executive director including suggestions from Secretary General and governments, determining participation requirements of training program, etc.



2.        Staff


According to principles formulated by General Assembly, the Secretary General decide the structure and level of UNITAR staff after considering suggestions from Committee and requirements of efficient functioning.


General Assembly and Board of Trustees nominate the Executive Director of UNITAR who will be responsible for the organization, execution, and management of UNITAR based on the resolution and determination of General Assembly and policy formulated by Board of Trustees.


Other employees of UNITAR is designated by Executive Director. It is necessary for Executive Director to consult Secretary General when selecting senior officials.



3.        Headquarters and Regional Offices


              Headquarters of UNITAR is founded in Geneva, Switzerland. Training and research of America and Asia-Pacific areas is conducted in New York office and Hiroshima office. Communication with United Nations headquarters is carried out by New York office. Other site offices are setted in Dushanbe , Tajikistan and Hackett, Nigeria.



              Training and Research



1.        Development and Delivery of Training Materials

UNITAR has developed a series of training materials and texts such as guidebooks, handbooks, training material packages, compter-based learning tools, etc. Each material is designed for a specific program for a specific training objective. In order to maximize the  number of beneficiary individuals and organizations, training material takes advantage of paper, disc and internet.



2.        Various Training Methods

① High-density Course

Two to six weeks high-density courses are arranged to renew and deepen students’ understanding of the latest trend of specific subject. Program will be repeated in the same place several times.

② Subject Goup and Conference

Member countries, local governments, United Nations System, experts from academia and Non-governmental Organizations are assembled to explore specific subjects. Conference results are recorded for extensive distribution.

③ Capability Self-evaluation

A serious of methods are developed and tested for supporting member countries’s self capacity evaluation in specific fields which will be the basis of determining development programs.

④ Technology Construction of Strategy Plan and Action Plan Formulation

Member countries and local governments are supported in formulating strategy and action plan by provided with guidelines, information and expert knowledge.

⑤ Distant Learning and E-learning

Information and communication technology are employed that students are provided with network-based training.



3.        Training-related Research

The majority of research activities of UNITAR is relevant to its program, training capability and training method.


l  To promote continuous evolution and melioration of training methods

l  To provide member countries who are dealing with applied research with knowledge, technology and tool

l  To emphasize on developing evaluation tool for training program


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