UNITAR 60th Anniversary

A long-established history of providing high-quality, tailored training programmes and activities that have empowered leaders over the past 60 years.

UNITAR 60th Anniversary: The Story of Enabling Positive Change

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António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General

UNITAR's work to strengthen multilateral diplomacy, training, and research is more important than ever. I wish UNITAR continued success and send my best wishes to all staff for your vital contributions.

Amina J. Mohammed United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

UNITAR has been an essential member of the United Nations family. Since 1963, member states have been able to count on the institute's support in a number of critical areas...

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The UNITAR story

UNITAR has been adapting its methodologies and approaches to reflect the changing times and address the ever-evolving needs of participants in order to empower leaders of the futures.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was born in 1963, in a moment of hope for international collaboration and human progress. In this period of hope, ambition and transition, UNITAR came together with “the unique purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations itself” through training and research.


Today, UNITAR’s learners come from all 193 UN Member States, benefiting from the diverse range of learning programmes which aim to help individuals and organizations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


UNITAR's activities are in a constant state of adaptation, mirroring the dynamic needs and emerging trends of the modern world...

Impact stories

We transform mindsets by offering learning, analytical and capacity-centered solutions for a more sustainable world.

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Akram is a medical laboratory graduate but has dedicated his professional life to the humanitarian, leadership and entrepreneurship sector for around eight years...

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Ms. Asha Alexander came across UN CC:Learn in 2019, and since then, has motivated over 30,000 people, among students and school staff, to complete 7 courses on climate change-related issues...

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Cosmo Takagi may be a young professional, but he has a determination to change the world that could rival the most senior evaluator...

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Musa Carew is a peacebuilder at heart. Following the participation to the Youth and Peacebuilding course at UNITAR in 2019...

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Hakim holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's in public policy...

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Lupia is a mechanical and manufacturing engineering undergraduate student in the University of Nairobi, Kenya. ..

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Mr. Mamunur Rahman is the founder of Ella Pad, a not-for-profit organization providing sanitary pads for female textile factory workers in Bangladesh...

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Solomon, an advocate for social and environmental causes, works for Ghana's NGO Friends of the Nation. He actively participated in UNITAR's workshops, starting with the Minamata Convention's Early Ratification in October 2015...

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Ms. Caroline Ouko is a civil servant working for the Climate Change Unit in Kenya who completed UN CC:Learn's Intro course on Climate Change...

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Talking with Sonam, who was video calling us from outside in the green forests of Bhutan where he works, it was soon clear how passionate he is about his work...

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Steven, an agricultural worker with a fishing family background, joined the NAP MOOC after witnessing the effects on his loved ones and community...

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The potential for future impact can be seen with Pema, another participant of the UNOSAT training...

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UNITAR 60th Anniversary's Photo Exhibition ceremony video

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UNITAR 60th Anniversary's Photo Exhibition ceremony photos

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To celebrate this important milestone, UNITAR will be organizing a series of events. The events will be held throughout the year to commemorate 60 years of diverse activities focused on training and research.

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UNITAR 60th anniversary concert photos


A commemorative stamp has been issued in April 2023 for the celebration of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) 60th Anniversary. The stamp sheets are available in the UN Stamps in New York and in Geneva, and online.

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UNITAR Stamps (English)
UNITAR Stamps (French)

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Become a UNITAR Donor and Help us Enable Positive Change in the World!

You can contribute to the 60 years of UNITAR’s lasting impact on global development by becoming a donor! UNITAR plays a crucial role in advancing crucial goals such as poverty reduction, climate action, and inclusive governance. By supporting UNITAR, entities like yours have the opportunity to directly contribute to the UN efforts towards the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Show more

At UNITAR, we believe that collective action and partnerships are essential to address pressing global challenges. By joining us as a donor, you align yourself with our mission and directly support the transfer of knowledge, skills, and best practices, fostering innovation and strengthening global capabilities, making a tangible and meaningful difference in the lives of people around the world.

As we commemorate our 60th Anniversary, we would like to invite you to be a part of UNITAR's legacy. Together, let us create a brighter future by investing in education, training, and capacity building. Your donation is not just a financial contribution; it is a commitment to shaping a better world for generations to come!

Donors Category Amount Major Beneficiary Countries
Germany Government 11,000,000 Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mali,Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda,
Niger and Lebanon
Norway Government 4,000,000 Bhutan, Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Uganda, and Nigeria
Canada Government 2,000,000 Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, and Togo
UNDP UN 2,000,000 Ethiopia, Argentina, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Tunisia, Libya,
Niger, Ukraine, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Brazil, Senegal,
Ghana, Mongolia, South Africa, Uruguay, and Barbados
Japan Government 1,900,000 Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad,
the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),
and Pacific Small Island Developing States
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UNITAR Implementing Partners

UNITAR’s 60th anniversary is an opportunity to also thank our Implementing Partners; in 2022, UNITAR forged partnerships with over 40 implementing partners, encompassing government agencies, United Nations entities, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and foundations. These collaborative efforts have proven instrumental in realizing tangible outcomes and advancing strategic and programmatic objectives across diverse UNITAR programme areas, particularly for larger scale projects. Show more

Our implementing partners bring unique expertise, resources, and networks to the table, enriching the implementation process and expanding our reach. By joining forces, UNITAR gain access to a global platform for knowledge exchange, capacity development, and innovative solutions, while they contribute directly to UNITAR’ sustainable development and peacebuilding initiatives. Together, we leverage our collective strengths to foster meaningful impact and drive positive change worldwide.

For more information on UNITAR's partnerships, please visit https://unitar.org/about/unitar/partnerships

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