In 2019, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) set up the Division of Prosperity. The Division for Prosperity is committed to supporting countries in shaping an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.

We seek to address growing inequalities, help lift people out of extreme poverty and establish global prosperity by offering innovative training and creating learning opportunities for people around the world. We work in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to drive the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense hardship across the globe. Progress in key areas of need has been regrettably reversed. Marginalized and traditionally under-represented peoples – women, LGBTQI+, youth, the elderly, the disabled, the indigenous, refugees and displaced peoples, to name some – have been disproportionally affected. While estimates vary, more than 100+ million more people were pushed into poverty in 2020 alone. Now, more than ever, we must meet growing global needs effectively and efficiently as we continue to drive towards our goal of sustainability for all.

With staff in Geneva and Hiroshima, as well as field staff across the world, our reach is global, allowing us to deliver critical training and support to learners from more than 90 countries.

On behalf of the Division, I thank you for your interest in our work and hope that you will join us in supporting our vital mission. Working together, we can make meaningful progress in building the next generation of changemakers and move closer to eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities for a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for all.


Mihoko Kumamoto

Director, Division for Prosperity

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