Be a system of academic institutions, rather than an inter-governmental organisation
Compromise a central programming and coordinating body along with a decentralised network of affilated research, teaching and training institution
Be integrated into the world university community, and devoted to research into "pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare" and to post-graduate training and teaching of zoung scholars and researchers(particularaly those from devleoping countries)
Have a special mandate to alleviate the intellectual isolation of academics in developing countries by organising worldwide networks of collaborating scholars and research institutions
Be funded by voluntary contributions(from governments,international organisations foundations, universities and others).
The UNU mission is to contribute- through collaborative research research, education and capacity development, and advisory services-to efforts to resolve the pressings global problems of human survival, development and welfare.
UNU undertakes a wide range of acitivities focused on knowledge generation(basic and applied research, and foresight and policy studies), education and capacity development(developing human and organisational capabilities), and knowledge transfer and sharing (communications, dissemination and outreach).
The University's academic activities are coordinated and carried out by the UNU centre in tokyo and a network of UNU
Research and Training Centres and Programmes(RTC/Ps) located in 13 UN Member States around the world. This core UNU system is assisted by a global network of UNU
Associated Institution and cooperating institution and scholars