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Scoping Workshop on New UNU Institute in Dresden

From 11 to 12 November 2010 the first international scoping workshop on the establishment of the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and its Twin Institute in Mozambique took place in Dresden, Germany. Prof. Dr Konrad Osterwalder, Rector of UNU, attended the workshop among other high-ranking delegates.

Scientists of Africa and the Arab region, international representatives of UN-Water and other UNU Institutes worldwide, as well as delegates from the host countries Germany and Mozambique discussed during the workshop on the Institute´s scope and mission, the workplan and research priorities.

UNU-FLORES will focus on sustainable management of environmental resources, such as water, soil and waste, and will be dedicated to research, postgraduate education and training of professionals to contribute to integrated management and capacity development for material flow and resources management. It aims to work very closely with other UNU Institutes as well as UN bodies (e.g., UN-Water) in the field of sustainability, as water is a crucial factor of development and several UNU Institutes have substantial knowledge in different aspects of water and its management.

For further information on the workshop, as well as the programme, please visit the Scoping Workshop Blog.

Please download the Press Release:



and have a look at the press coverage on the Scoping Workshop.

Read an interview with Prof. Dr Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, in the Sächsische Zeitung here.