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Over 1,000 Supporters Sign On For UNRISD: Thank You!

1 Jun 2016



Last updated on 25 November 2016

More than 1,000 academics, policy and decision makers, practitioners and advocates signed on to a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, asking for his urgent political backing to efforts under way between April and September 2016 to mobilize UN and other sources of funding for UNRISD.

We’d like to start by thanking all of you who expressed support for UNRISD in one way or another in response to our appeals during 2016. Your words and actions have been a great boost for everyone working for UNRISD. The responses demonstrate the breadth, diversity and engagement of the UNRISD network, and your genuine and wide-ranging support is the bedrock on which more stable financial foundations can be built for the Institute.

You can read the letter here.

What's this all about?


UNRISD does not receive funding from the regular budget of the United Nations. We depend on foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors and individuals for the support that enables us to carry out Research for Social Change. But UNRISD has been hit hard by shifting funding models over the past decade. At the beginning of 2016 UNRISD’s financial position reached crisis point, with financial reserves depleted and operations threatened.

What has been done?


Thanks to the solidarity of many in the UNRISD network, and as a result of discussions and negotiation with our principal government partners and the UN system, emergency funds were mobilized to stabilize the Institute. UNRISD continues its efforts to diversify core funding and increase project funding.

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