The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was established in 1963 following a UN General Assembly resolution "for the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving the major objectives of the Organization through extensive training and research".
The Instituteâ€™s training targets two key sets of stakeholders, mainly from developing countries: the delegates to the UN and others who develop intergovernmental agreements establishing global norms, policies, and programmes, and the key national change agents who turn the global agreements into action.
Serving more than 36â€™000 beneficiaries per year, UNITAR conducts close to 500 training and research activities around the world.
The work of the Institute is organized under five broad programme areas: Strengthen Multilateralism; Promote Economic Development and Social Inclusion; Advance Environmental Sustainability and Green Development; Promote Sustainable Peace; and Research and Technology Applications.
An autonomous body within the UN system, UNITAR is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members are appointed by the UN Secretary-General, and led by the Executive Director, also appointed by the Secretary-General. The Institute is supported by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental organizations, foundations and the private sector.