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The objective of the United Nations University Gender Equality and Studies Programme (UNU-GEST) is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries and post-conflict societies through research and education. Its main target group is professionals working for government and civil society organisations in developing countries and post-conflict societies undergoing reconstruction. The UNU-GEST Programme also offers short courses and seminars which are open for professionals from both developed and developing countries.

The UNU-GEST Programme is run by the University of Iceland.

The GEST Programme was launched in January 2009, and in January 2010, the first fellows completed the Programme. It became formally part of the United Nations University (UNU-GEST) in May 2013 with the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the United Nations University, and the University of Iceland. The programme is part of the Icelandic government’s development cooperation efforts.