28 March 2024, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government signed the Eighth Special Purpose Grant Agreement, for fiscal years 2024 to 2026. Through the agreement, the two entities renewed the partnership that began in 2003 and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government committed to financially support UNITAR Hiroshima Office’s training programmes over the next three years. Mr Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, and Mr Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR signed the agreement at a ceremony held on 26 March 2024 at the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. 

Mr. Yuzaki expressed his appreciation to the UNITAR Hiroshima Office and the staff for their tireless work over the past 20 years to make an impact on the world from Hiroshima.

We hope that with their training at the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, the learners will contribute to world peace and stability.” — Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

Mr. Seth conveyed his gratitude for the lasting friendship and commitment of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government and its support to UNITAR to serve those in need and realize a sustainable and prosperous world.

Support from the prefectural government has allowed us to benefit so many distressed people in distressed parts of the world. These people come to learn in Hiroshima. They go back not only with new knowledge and new skills, but the inspiration that the city of Hiroshima leaves them with.” Mr. Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNITAR Executive Director

The Special Purpose Grant Agreement between the parties started in 2003 when UNITAR Hiroshima Office was established with the support of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. To date, the Hiroshima Office has reached over 60,000 learners in least-developed countries, conflict and post-conflict states, and fragile states, as well as people living in Japan.



The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. UNITAR has a global presence, with offices in Geneva, Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services to present and future change-makers from around the world. Through our innovative training and learning opportunities – built on robust adult learning principles – we seek to promote sustainable, inclusive and just economic development and catalyse the creation of decent employment opportunities for all.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity supports youth and women in particular to address growing inequalities. We work in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to propel the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.

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