The work of the UPP seeks to promote the objectives set out by the Charter of the United Nations University Article 1, Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4:
2. The University shall devote its work to research into the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its agencies, with due attention to the social sciences and the humanities as well as natural sciences, pure and applied.
3. The research programme of the institutions of the University shall include, among other subjects, coexistence between peoples having different cultures, languages and social systems; peaceful relations between States and the maintenance of peace and security; human rights; economic and social change and development; the environment and the proper use of resources; basic scientific research and the application of the results of science and technology in the interests of development; universal human values related to the improvement of the quality of life.
4. The University shall disseminate the knowledge gained in its activities to the United Nations and its agencies, to scholars and to the public, in order to increase dynamic interaction in the world-wide community of learning and research.
UPP draws its inspiration from Secretary-General U Thant’s 1969 proposal for a UN academic institution that was “truly international and devoted to the Charter objectives of peace and progress.” Now over 40 years old, the UNU’s 15 programmes and institutes across 13 countries combine the methodological rigour of natural and physical sciences with insights from social sciences and humanities.
The UPP is published free online every academic semester corresponding to the University’s academic calendar. Special issues surrounding a particular theme may also be released.
Read the UPP Charter.