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A general view of participants during a regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)
#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 16

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law we cannot hope for sustainable development. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

A World Health Organization officer takes a man's blood pressure in Rejaf East, outside of Juba, South Sudan (Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine)
Protection of civilians is the focus of this year's World Humanitarian Day (19 August)

This 19 August the importance of humanitarian assistance and the United Nations and associated personnel working in the promotion of the humanitarian cause will be remembered on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day

Students and researchers of the university are involved in the project (Photo: Amrita University)
Amrita University’s real-time landslide warning system to save lives in the Himalayan region

Amrita University (India), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), is leading a project co-funded by the Indian Government to save lives in mountainous regions by installing state-of-the-art systems that give advance warnings of landslides so that people can be safely evacuated before disaster strikes.

Students addressed challenges for specific SDGs (Photo: SHU)
Seton Hall University promotes the UN SDG Challenge to engage students with innovative solutions

Seton Hall University (United States), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) though its Center for UN and Global Governance Studies, invites every year high school and college students to propose innovative solutions that will bring the world closer to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposals under the framework of the UN SDG Challenge, take aim at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, improving and expanding educational opportunities, and tackling climate change, among other ideas.


The Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, at The Hague, Netherlands (Photo: ICJ/Jeroen Bouman)
UNAI Quiz: Peace and Conflict Resolution

The maintenance of global peace and security is a cross cutting issue that is critical to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals. The eighth UNAI principle is "Peace and Conflict Resolution - A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

   Mosaic entitled "The Golden Rule" by artist Norman Rockwell at UN Headquarters, depicting people of different nationalities standing together (Photo: UN Photo / Rick Bajornas)
UNAI Quiz: Intercultural Dialogue

The diversity of the world makes for an enriching experience in sharing and learning about our differences, experience that can foster peaceful coexistence between peoples. Intercultural dialogue entails the sharing of ideas and differences with the intent of developing a deeper understanding of different perspectives and practices. The seventh UNAI principle is "Intercultural Dialogue - A commitment to promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Declaration of Human Rights poster (Photo: UN Photo)
UNAI Quiz: Human Rights

Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the United Nations has gradually expanded human rights law to encompass specific standards for women, children, persons with disabilities, minorities and other vulnerable groups who now possess rights that protect them from discrimination. The sixth UNAI principle is "Human Rights - A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations during a visit to Sophia University in Japan (Photo: UN Photo/Curtis Christophersen)
UNAI Quiz: Access to Higher Education

Higher education enables individuals to expand their knowledge and skills, clearly express their thoughts both orally and in writing, grasp abstract concepts and theories, and increase their understanding of the world and their community. It has also been shown to improve an individual's quality of life. The fifth UNAI principle is "Access to Higher Education - A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

“Enlightened Universe”, an art installation by artist Cristóbal Gabarrón depicting a human chain of global citizenship (Photo: UN Photo / Cia Pak)
UNAI Quiz: Global Citizenship Education

Global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. The fourth UNAI principle is "Global Citizenship - A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

Primary school children in class, Harar, Ethiopia (Photo: UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe)
UNAI Quiz: Education for all

Education is the basic building block of every society. It is the single best investment countries can make to build prosperous, healthy and equitable societies. Today however, 57 million children remain out of school. Education is not only a right, but a passport to human development that opens doors and expands opportunities and freedoms. The third UNAI principle is "Education for All - A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!


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