Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University and endorsed by the UPEACE Council, the mission of the University for Peace is:

“to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, is the Honorary President of the University for Peace.

The University has a unique place in the world because of its status as both an international treaty body with a UN mandate, and a university. As such, the University is dedicated to serving the United Nations and humanity through excellence in research and education on the roots of conflict and the tools of peace. For more information about UPEACE visit the university website.