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UNU-FLORES Dresden

UNU-FLORES was established in Dresden, Germany on 10 December 2012 in cooperation with the Dresden University of Technology (TUD). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts (SMWK). 

UNU-FLORES will contribute to improve the efficiency of the use and management of resources, such as water, soil and waste in developing and emerging countries in scientific, educational, managerial, technological and institutional terms.

As a result of research and development projects, decision support for various target groups, such as ministries and governmental organizations, municipalities, enterprises, NGOs and other stakeholders will be provided. The Institute is to be consisted out of five departments: Systems and Flux Analysis, Global Change, Water Management, Soil and Land use Management, Waste Management and Contaminated Sites.

UNU-FLORES, as all UNU Institutes, will engage both in policy relevant research in the above described challenging areas and in postgraduate capacity-building activities at Master and PhD level. At postgraduate level a very close synergy will be sought and explored with similar programmes offered by TUD.

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United Nations University eröffnet neues Institut in Dresden

Published 2012-12-12 | Updated 2013-03-01

Dresden, 10. Dezember 2012 — Die Universität der Vereinten Nationen (United Nations University - UNU) hat heute das Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) eröffnet. |Read more

Proceedings of UNU-FLORES International Scoping Workshop published

Published 2011-08-30 | Updated 2011-09-02

The publication documents the state of the art concerning the establishment of the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources ( UNU-FLORES) in Dresden and its envisaged Twin in Mozambique. It keeps up and manifests the momentum gained during the 1st International Scoping Workshop that took place in November 2010 in Dresden.

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UNU-FLORES: Research and Teaching Cooperations Explored

Published 2011-03-28 | Updated 2011-09-02

On 15 March 2011, UNU and the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) explored ways of cooperation in research and teaching for UNU-FLORES.  | Read more

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UNU-FLORES: Cooperation Agreement Signed

Published 2010-12-17 | Updated 2011-09-02

Following the favourable decision of the Saxon State Cabinet on 16 November 2010, a four-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) was signed shortly after the First International Scoping Workshop took place. |Read more

Scoping Workshop on New UNU Institute in Dresden

Published 2010-11-10 | Updated 2011-09-02

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. |Read more