UNOPS will be able to tap into the Earth Institute's world-class research centres and programmes, in areas such as climate change and urban transportation, while the Institute will gain access to the organization's project expertise in developing environments.
"Combining the Earth Institute's world class research capabilities with our capacity for implementation is exciting. Our partners will benefit. UNOPS will be able to provide new, innovative solutions to common projects," said Ms. Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director, from New York, where she delivered an address at Columbia University's annual International Conference on Sustainable Development last week.
"The Earth Institute prides itself on not only being a research and education institution but one that works to ensure that knowledge helps to address sustainability problem-solving in the real world," said Mr. Steve Cohen, Director of the Earth Institute.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with UNOPS to expand our reach and help ensure sustainability in all corners of the planet," he added.
Aside from knowledge sharing, the two organizations plan to co-develop projects in the future, using each other's research and implementation capabilities to deliver solutions towards a variety of development projects.
Columbia University's Earth Institute has 28 research units and programmes, with over 800 scientists, students and postdoctoral fellows, working within the areas of engineering, earth sciences and health. UNOPS implements more than 1,000 projects in some 80 countries each year, in infrastructure, project management and procurement, in some of the most challenging environments.
Ms. Faremo added: "We are extremely excited to work closely with the Earth Institute, and other faculties. Together, we will undertake new projects that help people in need build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development."