2019 Results Report

Nikhil Seth - UNITAR Executive Director

Nikhil Seth

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General

UNITAR Executive Director

I am pleased to present the 2019 Results Report of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). At UNITAR, we help Member States and other United Nations stakeholders implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing modern and innovative learning solutions that meet internationally recognized quality standards. Our activities, and the results they produce, vary tremendously in scale and impact.

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Trained Beneficiaries

We provided learning, training and knowledge sharing services to 133,421 individuals in 2019, representing a 57% increase from 2018 figures.

69% of our training beneficiaries last year were associated with events having specific learning outcomes, representing an increase of 52% in this category.

201620172018201992,37841,043Learning outcomeOther knowledge-sharing and training-relatedTotal of beneficiaries 133,42124,00018,12035,09319,74738,09060,901
Learning outcome Other knowledge-sharing and training-related Total number of beneficiaries:133,421 2016 2017 2018 2019 35,093 19,747 38,090 18,120 60,901 24,000 92,378 41,043

This increase is attributed largely to the continued delivery of the introductory e-Learning course on climate change administered in partnership with agencies of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership.

The proportion of participants from broader knowledge-sharing and other events (e.g. conferences, public lectures, meetings) decreased during the 2018 to 2019 period (in line with the Institute’s strategy to emphasize learning solutions).

Beneficiaries by strategic objectives

S04 Inclusive and sustainable economic growth S05 Indivisible and integrated Nature of the 2030 AgendaS03 Planet and environmental protection and restorationS02 People and social inclusionMultiple objectivesS01 Peace and just and inclusive societies1% 3% 1% 11% 54%30%
S03 Planet and environmentalprotection and restoration54%S02 People andsocial inclusion30%11%S01 Peace and just andinclusive societies1%MultipleobjectivesS05 Indivisible and integratedNature of the 2030 Agenda3%S04 Inclusive and sustainableeconomic growth1%

The majority of our beneficiaries were associated with programming related to the advancement of environmental sustainability and green development, and people and social inclusion.

Regional Breakdown of Learning-related Beneficiaries

36% 4% 28% 3% 13% 16%

75% of learning related beneficiaries came from developing countries and 23% from countries in special situations, comprised of the least-developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing States.

80% of our beneficiaries in 2019 come from Africa (28%), Latin America and Caribbean (36%) and Asia and Pacific (16%).

Number of Events and Delivery Mode

UNITAR’s overall beneficiaries took part in 671 events, equivalent to some 19,847 event days over the calendar year.






Blended learning


Learning-related beneficiaries by affiliation

We serve a wide spectrum of constituencies, with 47% of our learning related beneficiaries coming from non-state sectors, including NGOs, academia and the private sector.

Governments NGOsPrivate sectorAcademiaUN & International organisationsOther22% 9% 10%8%23%29%
Private sector10%Academia29%UN & International organizations9% Governments22% Other23%NGOs8%

The affiliation shown in the infographic breakdown further shifted from 2017 figures, with government affiliated officers comprising more than 50% of learners.

UNITAR issued 39,603 certificates of participation and completion for 2019 learning-related events with objective assessment of learning. The total number of certificates increased 4% from 2018.



A Key Pillar to Programming

Partnerships continue to be an integral part of UNITAR’s approach to achieving effective and efficient results. They allow us to combine the expertise of UN and other partners with our internal expertise in programming, adult learning and instructional technologies.

Beneficiaries by Partnership

Of the Institute’s 671 events in 2019, 93% of 2019 beneficiaries were trained through events implemented in partnership.


Without partners


With partners

Partners by Type

Partners include organizations as diverse as UN entities, governments, universities, other international organizations, the private sector, NGOs and foundations.

39% 22%6%5%18%8%3%UNGovernmentPrivate sectorNGOAcademiaInternational Organization (non UN)Foundation
39% UN22% Government18% Academia8% International Organization (non UN)6%Private sector5%NGO3%Foundation

Partnerships such as:

The UN CC:Learn Partnership, which we host the secretariat of a platform for 36 agencies, the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE), a joint initiative involving ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR and the CIFAL Global Network continue to be instrumental in delivering results.

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