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University for Peace (UPEACE)
Headquarter: San José, Costa Rica


On the 5th of December, 1980, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 35/55 which sets out in its annex the International Agreement for the Establishment of the University for Peace. The Charter of the University is an integral part of that agreement. Forty-one (41) countries have become Signatory States to the UPEACE Charter.

As part of the continuing process of United Nations reform, former UN Secretary-General Annan took a number of measures since early 1999 to reorganize, strengthen and internationalize more fully the University for Peace - so as to enable it to contribute more effectively to the peace and security objectives of the United Nations.

The Council has defined an innovative programme of education, training and research for peace - focused on key issues, including conflict-prevention, human security, human rights, environmental security and post-conflict rehabilitation.

Mission and Vision

The vision of the University for Peace is to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world.

Established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in Resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980, the University for Peace has the mission:

"to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting, among all human beings, the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations".

History of UPEACE

Work at UPEACE

The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights. As a UN-affiliated institution, the University for Peace works tirelessly to contribute to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.

Our staff is made up of a diverse group of professionals hailing from all over the world, all of whom are committed to generating an inclusive, respectful and positive work environment. The diversity of our people means that you will find yourself working in multi-cultural teams with people from all backgrounds and cultures, who have wide perspectives, experiences, and expectations, as well as approaches. Furthermore, because our staff is small in size, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals at different stages in their careers, including senior-level personnel with a long history of proven success in the fields of peace and security, international law, peace and conflict studies, climate change, etc.

San José, Costa Rica
Type of Organization
United Nations System
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