United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security - UNU-EHS (DE)
Description of organisation
The UNU has been established in 1973 to function as an international community of scholars engaged in research, advanced training and the dissemination of knowledge to tackle pressing problems of global importance. Activities mainly focus on peace and conflict resolution, sustainable development and the use of science and technology to advance human welfare. UNU maintains a worldwide network of research and post-graduate training centres; its headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan.
UNU-EHS explores problems and promotes solutions related to the environmental dimension of human security. The institute's main research aims at academic excellence in:
- Vulnerability assessment (institutional, environmental, social), resilience analysis, risk management & adaptation strategies within linked human-environment systems; and
- Internal displacement and trans-boundary migration due to environmental push-factors.
Further influential topics are land degradation; desertification; natural hazard events; gradual man-made and natural environmental and climatic change and variability including water depletion and quality deterioration are considered. Preparedness, adaptation and response are the main dimensions along which human security can be strengthened.
Main tasks attributed
The UNU-EHS has the WP2 leadership on the 'political and legal framework analysis'.
Previous experience relevant to the tasks
UNU-EHS focuses on the social, economical, institutional, political and cultural factors generating risk. Assessing by measuring the social, political, institutional, economic and environmental weaknesses and capacities (vulnerability) is a key task of the Institute as a whole. Thus, in the past years UNU-EHS has gained considerable experience with the development and testing of vulnerability indicators in its various dimensions. Up-to-date research on legal, political and institutional vulnerability indicators is scarce; UNU-EHS contributes here significantly with its theoretic background and indicator development process experience in various research projects implemented.