• UNITAR and Cushman & Wakefield have signed a memorandum of understanding.
  • The meeting was led by UNITAR Director of UNITAR Division for Prosperity Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, and Chief Executive Officer of Greater China at Cushman & Wakefield Mr. Jinquan Zhao.
  • This strategic partnership seeks to pursue collaboration in several key thematic areas, business facilitation, environmental, social, governance (ESG) development and sustainability, international communication and leadership and empowerment.

8 July 2024, Shanghai, China - UNITAR and Cushman & Wakefield signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 20 June 2024, setting the foundation for a strategic partnership aimed at exploring and advancing mutual areas of interest. Director of UNITAR Division for Prosperity Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto and Chief Executive Officer of Greater China at Cushman & Wakefield Mr. Jinquan Zhao took part in the signing ceremony, underscoring the high level of commitment from both parties.


Under this MOU, UNITAR and Cushman & Wakefield have identified several key thematic areas where collaboration can be pursued. These include

  • business facilitation: enhancing the ease of conducting business and promoting trade through innovative strategies and frameworks
  • environmental, social, and governance (ESG) development and sustainability: advancing ESG standards to promote sustainable development practices across sectors 
  • international communication: strengthening global communication channels to foster better understanding and cooperation among international stakeholders
  • Leadership and empowerment: empowering individuals and organizations with the leadership skills necessary to drive positive change.

Ms. Kumamoto expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, 

This collaboration will help to raise awareness and build capabilities around the UN [Sustainable Development Goals], ensuring that more individuals and organizations are equipped to contribute to these global goals.”

Mr. Zhao commented,

This MOU between Cushman & Wakefield and UNITAR represents a significant step towards achieving our commitment to ESG principles and our vision for a sustainable future. We look forward to exploring new opportunities and making a meaningful impact together.”

The thematic areas outlined in the MOU will serve as a starting point for developing initiatives and projects. As opportunities arise, both UNITAR and Cushman & Wakefield will consider and complement these areas to ensure the partnership remains dynamic and responsive to emerging needs. The partnership aims to harness the unique strengths of both organizations to create innovative solutions that promote sustainable development, enhance global trade and empower communities worldwide.


Cushman & Wakefield Limited (C&W) is a world-leading commercial real estate service provider committed to the sustainable development of the industry and the broader society.


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.

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