Programme Area




The Environment Unit works to strengthen the capacity of Member States, Organizations and individuals to address environmental challenges and reach sustainable goals through innovative training approaches, deliveries and methods.

The Chemicals and Waste Management Programme supports governments and stakeholders to strengthen their institutional, technical, and legal infrastructure and capacity for sound chemicals management.

The Climate Change Programme builds and develops the capacity of various actors primarily in developing countries.  The Climate Change Programme acts in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. It builds countries’ institutional and human capacity to address the effects of climate change.

The Environmental Governance Programme develops methodologies, facilitates research, and provides project support and training to reinforce capacities for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in environmental policymaking and execution.



The Governance Unit contributes to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of poverty reduction and governance agenda through developing the capacities of public and private sector officials from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and transition economies to appropriately address a wide range of governance issues.

The Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP - formerly known as Local Development Programme) was initiated as a result of the World Summit on Sustainable Development organised in Johannesburg in 2002, which acknowledged the key role of partnerships between the United Nations, civil society and academia, local authorities and the private sector in the advancement and successful realization of the sustainable development agenda. The key objective of DCP is to develop the capacity of local actors, through exchange of experiences and dissemination of best practices, as an effective way of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty at local level.

The Public Finance and Trade Programme (PFT) aims at enhancing the capacity of United Nations Member States and other stakeholders to address international challenges in the areas of public financial management, international trade, and intellectual property issues.

The Antwerp - International Training Center for Corporate Opportunities (ITCCO) is a center of excellence that offers trainings on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in relation with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Global Compact Principles (UNGC).

Global human mobility, or international migration, though not a new phenomenon per se has garnered greater political attention since the mid-1980s. This is due to a combination of factors including: the rising (absolute) numbers of migrants, the context in which they integrate in destination countries, the greater evidence of "mixed" migration flows, the circularity of flows and their connection with other transnational movements, and the recognition of the development potential that migrants bring both in destination and origin countries.



The Peace, Security and Diplomacy Unit addresses the capacity needs of Member States to support the United Nations in meeting its objectives of world peace, security and diplomacy through activities such as International Law, Multilateral Diplomacy, Peacemaking, Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping.

The International Law Programme (ILP) strives to promote better knowledge and understanding of international law and standards among practitioners to uphold the global respect of international principles.

Training on Multilateral Diplomacy (MDP) focuses on raising awareness and developing broader knowledge for diplomats and other government officials to perform effectively in the multilateral working environment.

The Peacemaking and Conflict Prevention (PMCP) Programme addresses a strategic need within the UN System to deliver innovative training in negotiation and mediation, and to share the latest knowledge, tools and experience for the prevention and resolution of conflict. Intensive training programmes are organized for mid and senior level officials within Member States, regional organizations and the United Nations, and for the representatives of indigenous peoples.

Newly added to UNITAR’s list of leading-edge training programmes, the Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP) offers innovative learning opportunities to prepare prospective civilian, military and police personnel to serve in peacekeeping missions around the world.



The Research Department is dedicated to the development of innovative approaches, methodologies, tools and required skills, as well as their practical applications on a variety of learning settings. The Department also provides state-of-the-art services to UN Member States and the global humanitarian community.

UNOSAT is a technology intensive programme active in all aspects of applied research relating to satellite solutions, from earth observation to telecommunication, positioning and navigation. UNOSAT delivers satellite solutions, geographic information to organizations within and outside the UN system to make a difference in the lives of communities exposed to poverty, hazards, and conflict, or affected by humanitarian and other crises.

With a strong focus on research, the Knowledge Systems Innovation (KSI) team at UNITAR continuously contributes to the innovation and implementation of learning strategies, methodologies and policies. KSI also focuses on the use of state-of-the-art instructional design methods, technologies, quality and the diversification of learning settings.