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Cooperation with Research and Academic Institutions

Decisions of the United Nations rely on the quality and analysis of the data examined. In line with the Secretary-General’s reform efforts, the Director-General contributes to facilitating partnerships between the research and academic community and the United Nations family.

In cooperation with partners, including the United Nations University, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the University for Peace, the Director-General also acts as a facilitator between research and policy entities within the United Nations system. These efforts contribute towards ensuring that policy and decision-making is based on detailed analysis and takes into account the broadest possible range of perspectives.

Geneva, in particular, and Switzerland as a whole are home to a wide range of research and academic institutions with particular analytical expertise in areas of relevance to the work of the United Nations. The Office of the Director-General maintains dialogues with these Geneva and Swiss-based entities to stimulate research and debate, which may serve policy planners within the Organizations as well as its partners.

Through joint seminars and other events, as well as publications that encourage exchange across institutional and thematic boundaries, UNOG contributes to distilling and disseminating ideas that may help towards realizing the aims of the United Nations. For example, in December 2014, UNOG collaborated with partners in academia and Member States for the first Global Think Tank Summit in Geneva, bringing together more than 100 heads of and researchers with leading Think Tanks and UN entities, as well as professors and graduate students.

To further intensify engagement with academia, a two-day roundtable around the theme of “Strengthening the UN’s Research Uptake” was held at the Palais des Nations in April 2016 in collaboration with the United Nations University and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

UNOG and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are also organizing a series of open lectures on a regular basis at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, entitled “The Geneva Lecture Series”. The ninth lecture, delivered by the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, on the topic "A Civil peace by civil society - Tunisian experiences for the future of the region" took place on 21 April 2016.