UNITAR's new vision of training and capacity-building is based on the conviction that partnerships constitute a master-piece in international, national and local efforts to initiate change. 

Through the Institute-wide reform, new orientations for partnerships and relations with UN Member States, UN institutions, governments, intergovernmental organizations, academies and the private sector have been designed to provide UNITAR’s units and programmes with a framework to support our goals.  

A strategic partnership can improve synergies for both beneficiaries and contributes to an overall increase in institutional capacity. Investing in people is fundamental to deliver as one, excel in response to training needs, and innovate. Through partnerships with governments, academies, intergovernmental organizations, the private companies, foundations and the civil society, it makes it possible for UNITAR to consolidate and extend its capacity to provide a global platform for knowledge transfer.


“As the first university in Hong Kong to enter into an agreement with UNITAR, CityU is honoured to be part of a partnership that promotes educational and research collaboration while simultaneously underscoring CityU’s status as a leading educational institution.”

Prof. Chan Chi-hou, Acting Provost of City University of Hong Kong

We aim to become closer to our beneficiaries and better respond to their needs by engaging in partnerships with academias, training institutions and centers of excellence in developing and emerging countries. This constitutes a way for leveraging respective strengths to develop modern learning and training environments, platforms, tools, and methodologies which are based on state-of-art research, both technical and pedagogical.

Partnerships with UNITAR also allows academic institutions to open up to new audiences, share knowledge in training and research, build up new collaborations and cross-fertilization with academic networks in other regions, and provide a structured offer to capacity-building and development needs.


“The UNITAR initiative in the Niger Delta Region is a breakthrough as it offers a sustainable panacea for graduate re-training, perennial youth unemployment and the restoration of peace."

The Partnership for Sustainable Development (PSD) in the Niger Delta Region, Nigeria

Working at the service of UN Member States for 50 years, it is critical for us to retain and develop confidence and attention of like-minded countries that are committed to support training activities in domains where we bring significant contribution and added-value in achieving UN goals and objectives. 

A partnership with UNITAR provides Member States and their representatives with information, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate in international affairs, and to support UN goals and objectives. It gives therefore the chance for the beneficiary to complement its own research, training and capacity development activities with UNITAR’s training services and methodologies and an opportunity to extend its network of contacts, visibility, and partnerships with the international organizations that constitute the UN system.

Intergovernmental Organizations

“The Organization of American States works closely with UNITAR and its CIFAL training centers across the Western Hemisphere. It is through initiatives jointly delivered with UNITAR that public officials from all 34 nations in the Americas receive state-of-the-art training aimed at strengthening institutional capacity in the public sector in the region. UNITAR is a crucial strategic ally to improve human development in the Americas.”

Amb Alfonso Quinonez, Executive Secretary, Organization of American States

“OECD currently has the privilege to work with UNITAR in two important emerging areas of chemicals management – Nanotechnology and Manufactured Nanomaterials and the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  UNITAR’s innovative work with developing countries and countries in transition, in particular, very well complements the work of OECD to serve its member states.”

H.E. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

Private Sector

Over the years, we have kept a successful record of partnerships with private companies. This experience allowed us to set-up a collaboration framework conducive of long term partnerships while promoting UN goals and principles. Through the implementation of concrete activities in the field of training and knowledge transfer, we provide an environment able to enhance the value of the private sector's contribution to sustainable development.

Partnerships mean a tangible and positive impact for all stakeholders: while we get the opportunity to show the applications of UN public-private partnerships, the private sector can promote and enhance the value of its social responsibility policy for sustainable development.

United Nations

“I am writing to express my deep appreciation and admiration for the series of training seminars you have organized over the last several years for indigenous leaders. I am quite pleased that UNITAR has made the effort to develop this unique and important program, and am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.”

James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people

Being a UN Institute specialized in training for Member States and research on knowledge systems, UNITAR seeks to contribute to the United Nations system as a whole. Many UN entities offer training on themes of relevance to their respective mandates. However, none of them offer the expertise on how to best deliver this training, capture and retain knowledge, and best build upon it. This is why our "raison d’être" is being tied to methodology, responding to where the UN system needs it most, and on which it can deliver based on its endogenous strengths.

We are sensitive to the necessity to develop synergies with other institutions that make the UN system, and share its capacities on research on learning methodologies and approaches. We are keen to increase collaborations with the other UN entities that would in turn enhance knowledge transfer through training. "Delivering as one" applies as much to research and training activities as it does to any operational branch of the UN.

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