UNITAR is the only United Nations entity with a presence in the symbolic city of Hiroshima – the City of Peace, established in response to the desire of its people and authorities to contribute more actively to global peace and development. We have trained more than 5,000 people from over 60 countries, who have come to experience Hiroshima’s message of peace and learn from its post-conflict reconstruction. UNITAR learners have joined study tours in Japan and Hiroshima to learn about public financial management, green economy, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and more.
Even under the COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR uses modern technologies like virtual reality to offer people the opportunity to learn about Hiroshima's story.
I learnt so much by coming to Hiroshima. It gives me hope and inspires me.
360-degree virtual tour of peace monuments
UNITAR Division for Prosperity/Hiroshima Office invites you to a 360-degree virtual tour of 15 peace monuments in Hiroshima. These monuments around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park symbolize the city’s destruction from the atomic bomb and its reconstruction. They are a call to abolish nuclear weapons.
The 360-degree tour was inspired by *hi-meguri*, or tour of monuments, which Hiroshima school children complete in their peace studies. In the activity, children go around the Peace Park, collect stamps at each monument, and learn why and to whom the monuments are dedicated.
UNITAR Hiroshima Nuclear and Non-Proliferation Training Programme
The 21st century has been referred to as the era of nuclear power. The people of Hiroshima, and Japan, coupled with concerned citizens from around the world have been making continuous efforts to promote nuclear disarmament, and non-proliferation. The situation surrounding this issue however is more challenging than ever. The rapidly evolving global geopolitical environment, which sees both state and non-state actors increasingly discuss the validity of nuclear weapons, increases the urgency for there to be continued, focused debate with regard to regaining the impetus and momentum for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, regionally, multi-laterally, and globally.
UNITAR World Heritage Nomination Training Series
UNITAR Hiroshima Office’s World Heritage Nomination Training Series builds upon more than 13 years’ experience training on the unique needs of World Heritage Sites. Launched in 2003, the series transitioned from a focus on management and conservation best practice, to examine the skills and knowledge required for developing more effective World Heritage nomination dossiers.
Sea and Human Security Training Programme
Seas, coasts, and the ocean are part of the human security complex. Myriad factors including social, political, environmental, and economic aspects of human security depend upon the sustainable and comprehensive governance and management of these areas.
Inaugurated in 2002-2003, the UNITAR Hiroshima Sea and Human Security Training Programme examines, from a comprehensive point of view, the concept of human security as it pertains to seas and the ocean. The training programme aims to facilitate peer exchange and knowledge development among key policy makers working in the field of marine and ocean affairs.
Biodiversity Training Programme
The ecosystem approach as embraced in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) points at the subtle relationship between conservation, sustainable use, and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from genetic resources. It seeks to satisfy both ecological and human needs in the future, while its modality is comprehensive, integrated, and across time lapse. Though endorsed by many international conventions and decisions, and in spite of the continuous work to conceptualize it, the ecosystem approach needs further operational tools to be appropriately implemented.