UNICRI Director a.i. Visits UPEACE HQ





University for Peace Headquarters, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1-2 October 2019. This week, the University for Peace (UPEACE) was host to Mrs. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Director a.i. of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), one of UPEACE’s academic partners for the LL.M. in Transnational Crime and Justice, executed jointly by UPEACE and UNICRI on UNICRI’s main campus in Turin, Italy.

As part of her visit to the University for Peace, Mrs. Bartsiotas delivered a conference to the UPEACE community on UNICRI and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during which she highlighted the institution’s contribution to each SDG, as well as her profound belief in the importance of the United Nations. As she put it, “The General Assembly is where the whole world comes together with the spirit of dialogue” and “the SDGs are good for the world, but they’re also good business.”

Mrs. Bartsiota also remarked on the importance of the University for Peace and the fact that it embodies everything the UN Charter hopes to achieve: save generations from war, establish justice and respect for the law, and promote social progress.

When asked about her personal working philosophy, Mrs. Bartsiotas shared the three pillars she’s based her career on: integrity and ethical behaviour, being fair, and being kind. When addressing the Class of 2020 specifically, Mrs. Bartsiotas stated, “The next Secretary-General could be sitting in this room” and remarked on the importance of their choice to pursue their graduate degree at UPEACE.


The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) was established in 1968 pursuant to Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 1086 B (XXXIX) of 1965, which urged an expansion of the United Nations activities in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute is an autonomous institution of the United Nations, and is presently ruled by the Statute adopted by ECOSOC with Resolution No.1989/56 of 24 May 1989. UNICRI operates within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network. The Institute carries out action-oriented research and training and implements technical cooperation programmes. It aims to assist governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability and in fostering the development of just and efficient criminal justice systems.


Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past 39 years. It is a unique international academic institution with over 2,200 Alumni hailing from more than 100 nations. Located in Ciudad Colon, its beautiful campus overlooks Costa Rica’s Central Valley.

The University continues its pursuit of academic excellence through the systematic and critical study, understanding, and analysis of the causes of multiple problems affecting human and global well-being. Through its rich Faculty body of Resident and Visiting Professors, UPEACE trains future leaders for peace to explore and formulate strategies and practices in various contexts to address such problems and contribute to the processes of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The UPEACE Experience is empirical and unique, empowering, transformative and cultivates critical thinking in its students.

For more information, contact Ana Guerrero, UPEACE Communications and Marketing Officer, at aguerrero@upeace.org, or call 2205-9010.