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The newly created United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) contributes to the building, exchanging and facilitating the use of knowledge in support of a faster and broader transition towards sustainable societies.

UNOSD specializes in mapping, assessing and improving the exchange of knowledge resources, providing guidelines to the UN Member States and the broader policy communities on sharing and applying such resources. The Office also undertakes research and capacity development in key areas of sustainability transition.

Knowledge exchange and facilitating: Through its portal, UNOSD eases access to the vast and sometimes overwhelming knowledge on sustainable development. It also facilitates connections between researchers and practitioners, notably for national and local policymaking and programming;

Research and policy analysis: Assessing gaps in, and promoting solutions for the implementation of critical sustainable development issues;
Capacity development: The first two components provide training material and events, as well as implementation toolkit and support for strengthening the capacity of developing countries in advancing SDGs;
Partnerships: Nurturing cooperation towards efficient and effective recognition and sharing of resources, including expertise, capital, and knowledge from all stakeholders.

UNOSD is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), with the support of the Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment, Yonsei University and the City of Incheon. Its offices are located in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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