Grantee Profile

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Grants to United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    Human Rights

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — UNO SAT, the Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, is a center of excellence for satellite imagery and geospatial analysis within the UN system. UNOSAT utilizes geospatial technologies to address critical international issues in the areas of human rights and security, humanitarian relief, and territorial development planning. The award enables UNOSAT's Human Rights Mapping Service to 1) provide geospatial support to UN and international human rights organizations, such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and others, in the form of analysis of satellite imagery and map or data production integrated into investigations; and 2) engage in capacity building and tool development to support the global human rights community. Award money for this one-year tie-off grant supports a portion of staff salaries and the purchasing of satellite images.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The United Nations Institute for Training and Research Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) will use MacArthur funding to supply operational and investigative support for human rights situations to the UN Secretariat, UN sister agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other international organizations. The project provides satellite analysis capabilities to these human rights entities, strengthening international human rights investigations and increasing the likelihood for action by the international community in the face of mass violations of human rights.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — To expand the use of geospatial technologies to advance human rights (over two years).

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)


    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — In support of the work of the Global Migration Group.

  • $185,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)


    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — To support a series of workshops on migration and development and a course on international migration law (over two years).

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — In support of your organization's colloquium on procedural reform in the International Court of Justice, to de-escalate disputes involving armed conflicts and atrocity crimes.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) $1,635,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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