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UNU-Hosted SCYCLE Programme Moving to UNITA

Tokyo, Geneva, Bonn, 09 October 2019 ― The United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to transition a UNU programme to UNITAR. The Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme has been hosted at the UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe in Bonn, Germany since 2016. SCYCLE conducts and shares comprehensive and practical research to help societies reduce environmental damage caused by the production, use, and disposal of waste including of electrical and electronic equipment. 

“It has been our pleasure to host SCYCLE for these past years, and we greatly look forward to watching their important work continue together with UNITAR,” said UNU Rector and UN Under Secretary General David M. Malone. “Given that SCYCLE focuses heavily on data gathering, training, and technical assistance, we believe that UNITAR, with its strong capacity-building focus, offers the perfect future home for the programme.” 

“I am delighted with this move” said UNITAR Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General, Nikhil Seth. “The process has been exemplary, and I want to thank David Malone for his support and that of the whole UNU team in Bonn. SCYCLE brings to UNITAR world class capacities in research that are closely aligned with the SDGs. SCYCLE will be hosted within UNITAR’s Division for Planet”.

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