The University for Peace is a United Nations mandated international treaty organization that was established with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly in Res. 35/55 of 5 December, 1980. The mission of the University as per its mandate is to:
“provide humanity with an international instutition of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexsitence, 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.“
The UPEACE Human Rights Centre is created within the contours of this broader mission of the University.
In particular, the mission of the Centre is to promote the understanding, respect and enjoyment of human rights. The Centre carries out this mission through education, training and capacity building of key actors and stakeholders, on specialized issues of human rights. The courses offered by the Centre are aimed at practitioners and policy makers, and are as such, generally advanced and promote the integration of theory and practice.