ITC appointed Associated Institution of the United Nations University
Enschede, the Netherlands 4 April 2005
On 4 April 2005 the United Nations University (UNU), represented by its rector Professor Hans van Ginkel, and ITC, represented by its rector Professor Martien Molenaar, entered into an agreement appointing ITC as an Associated Institution.
The UNU mission, which is "to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States" (http://www.unu.edu/unu.html), is essentially identical to the mission of ITC.
With this agreement, ITC has secured a prestigious position in the network of academic institutes and scholars that forms a think-tank for the United Nations system and which pursues the building of capacities, particularly in developing countries.
The agreement was signed during the Conference of Directors of UNU Research and Training Centres and Programmes that took place at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany. It has an initial duration of five years and is directed at developing and carrying out a joint programme on capacity building in disaster management and in land administration, and at disseminating knowledge on these and directly related issues.