GFMC and the United Nations University (UNU)

GFMC Associate Institute of the United Nations University (UNU)


The mission of the United Nations University (UNU)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”. UNU is the “Think Tank” of the UN and ranked globally as a Top-Ten Government-Affiliated Think Tank and Top-Ten International Development Think Tank in 2010. The following four key roles represent the core of UNU’s activities

  • An international community of scholars
  • A bridge between the United Nations and the international academic community
  • A think-tank for the United Nations system
  • A builder of capacities, particularly in developing countries
  • a platform for dialogue and creative new ideas

One ofthe UNU Institutes is the Institute for Environmentand Human Security (UNUEHS). UNU-EHS addresses the probability of theoccurrence of risks which are the consequence of complex –both acute andlatent- environmental hazards. It aims to improve the in-depth understanding ofthe cause-effect relationships to find possible ways to reduce risks andvulnerabilities. The Institute is conceived to support policy and decisionmakers with authoritative research and information.

Since 7October 2005 the Global FireMonitoring Center (GFMC)is an Associated Institute of UNU and a formal partner of UNU EHS. Theactivities of a UNU-GFMC Joint Programme are based onthe scope of the UNU mandate as stipulated by the Strategic Directions of UNU.The five thematic areas of UNU, namely, (i) Environment and Sustainability, (ii)Science, Technology and Society, (iii) Development and Poverty Reduction, (iv)Good Governance – from Local to Global, and (v) Peace and Security, willreceive contributions from the Joint Programme in a cross-cutting and synergeticway.

The contribution of the GFMC to the UNU-EHS mandate includes appliedresearch for the development of concepts for capacity building in advancedwildland fire management. Depending on projects and requests the GFMC servicesaim to cover:

  • Methods of science and technology transfer for application in local fire management (wildland fire prevention, preparedness, suppression, rehabilitation) under different cultural, socio-economic and ecological environments
  • Methods and application of people-centred fire management (Community-Based Fire Management)
  • Development of national strategies and policies for wildland fire management, including legislation
  • Development of standards for international cooperation in wildland fire management (common terminology, standard procedures for cooperation in wildland fire emergencies)
  • Training courses for international wildland fire management specialists, including experts for assessment and intervention missions

GFMC cooperates closely with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), a leading research and teaching institute based in Tokyo, Japan. Its mission is to advance efforts towards a more sustainable future, through policy-oriented research and capacity development focused on sustainability and its social, economic and environmental dimensions. At Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, UNU-IAS is hosting the

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