Our Vision

“A world in which knowledge-empowered people, institutions and organizations achieve results 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 capacities to enhance global decision-making and to support country level action for shaping a better future.”

Our Core Functions

The Institute:

  • designs and delivers innovative training to address needs of individuals, organizations and institutions;

  • facilitates knowledge and experience-sharing through networked and innovative processes;

  • conducts research on and pilots innovative learning strategies, approaches and methodologies; and

  • advises and supports governments, UN and other partners with technology-based knowledge-related 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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