Page updated: 21 January 2021
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic UNU-IAS has implemented a range of measures to protect its personnel, students, and the broader community, while continuing to deliver on its mandate during this period.
To support measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, access to the UNU headquarters building in Shibuya, Tokyo, is restricted and no visitors are permitted to enter without prior authorisation. This policy remains under careful consideration with the aim of reopening when appropriate.
The institute’s COVID-19 Task Force is assessing the local situation in Japan and providing advice to UNU-IAS personnel. It works in close coordination with the UNU COVID-19 Response Team and UN system colleagues across Japan and the globe.
The majority of UNU-IAS personnel are currently telecommuting, with a limited number of critical staff members permitted to access the UNU headquarters building.
UNU-IAS has continued to implement its postgraduate education programmes by delivering courses to students online since April 2020, and providing academic advising and administrative services remotely.
Please note that in-person events organised by UNU-IAS are cancelled until further notice. The institute continues to organise online events. UNU-IAS is prohibiting staff and students from organising any events or gatherings on campus until further notice.
All work-related travel, both local and international, has been cancelled.
If you wish to contact UNU-IAS personnel, please contact them directly. Contact details can be found on the People pages.
For general queries, please use the Contact Us page.
Please be reminded to wear masks, wash and sanitise hands regularly, maintain social distance, practice good coughing or sneezing etiquette, and follow all relevant public health guidance.
Please visit the WHO website for more information on staying healthy during this time.
For information on the overall UNU response to the COVID-19 situation, please visit the UNU website.
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Research on COVID-19
UNU-IAS and other UNU institutes have also developed new research specifically focused on the pandemic and its impacts. For more information please visit the UNU website.