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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations. It bridges the academic world and the United Nations system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at teaching, applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 as an autonomous organ of the United Nations General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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Science for Sustainability

Science plays a crucial role in ensuring a sustainable future. The complexity of the challenges we are confronted with today requires a new science of integration - sustainability science. Building on individual academic disciplines, sustainability science offers an opportunity to take further steps by: crossing disciplinary boundaries, creating mutual understanding and forming the synergy required for generating better solutions.

Watch Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi introducing sustainability science as an emerging academic discipline. Kazuhiko Takeuchi is a United Nations University Vice-rector, director of the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace ( UNU-ISP ) and the deputy executive director of Tokyo´s University´s Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science .

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