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UN University

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

In carrying out this mission, the UN University works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.

Through postgraduate teaching activities, UNU contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries.

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Focussing on SDGs 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), this research report explores how organized crime and corruption will impact governance in 2050 and what states can – and should – do about it now.

United Nations University, November 2019.

Contributing to SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), this research prioritized engaging with young people as research partners in order to examine the needs of children exiting violent armed groups.

United Nations University, September 2019.

Directly relevant to SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), this report explores a public-private partnership which puts the financial sector at the heart of global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking and accelerate action in eradicating these practices.

United Nations University, New York, March 2019. 

Focussing on SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), Dr Alison Gardner, head of the Rights Lab’s Governance Programme, discusses the Slavery-Free Communities Programme’s work, highlighting promising practices in the context of Nottingham and the UK.
Contributing to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), this report constitutes a first step to establish evidence that can be used to inform practice in the joint application of UN sanctions and mediation, in its efforts to prevent and resolve conflict.

United Nations University, February 2019.

Directly relevant to SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), this piece explores an innovative methodology for modelling the risk of modern slavery.

United Nations University, September 2018. 

Directly relating to SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), this report offers an analysis of countries' development spending commitments to achieve target 8.7 (eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking).

United Nations University, August 2018. 

Contributing to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), this technical note aims to help guide programming intended to prevent and address the recruitment and use of children by armed groups in today’s conflicts.
Focussing on SDGs 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), this piece explores conflict prevention and the role of Resident Coordinators in fragile and conflict- affected countries without peace operations.

United Nations University, May 2018.

Contributing to SDGs 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), this research seeks to understand if, when and how transitional justice, in combination with other conflict resolution tools, can contribute to transitions away from conflict in settings affected by major jihadist groups.

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