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Disarmament Education Interview Series

In the disarmament education interview series, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) talks to experts and youth about disarmament and peace education resources created by the United Nations and educators for students, and how such tools motivate and inspire young people to take concrete action in support of disarmament.

#Work4UN Interview Series

The #Work4UN series has been designed to help you understand the UN, its structure, and some of the most common avenues available to join the organization.

Kehkashan Basu, environmental activist, speaker and youth leader
Disarmament Education: Youth at the Forefront of Disarmament Dialogue

In this interview, young activist Kehkashan Basu speaks to UNAI about the action that young people can take at different levels to contribute to disarmament.

Professor Yoshiro Tanaka of J. F. Oberlin University. Photo credit: Jane Lee
Disarmament Education: Peace Education as a New Literacy

In this interview Professor Yoshiro Tanaka, Executive Trustee, Provost and Executive Vice President for Graduate Education and Research at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan, shares with UNAI an educator’s point of view on peace education.


Meet Our Intern: Jane

Jane Lee describes her experience as an intern for United Nations Academic Impact in the Department of Global Communications.

The World Bank-supported National Water and Sanitation Program will bring better water and sanitation services to rural parts of Azerbaijan which currently face water shortage. Photo credit: Allison Kwesell /World Bank

World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March every year since 1993, draws the world’s attention to the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Led by UN Water, the coordination mechanism of the United Nations system on water and sanitation issues, the 2020 World Water Day focuses on the inextricable link between water and climate change. The theme highlights how our use of water will help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and will help fight climate change itself.

UN Staff members stand outside the SDG Action Zone on the lawn of UN Headquarters ahead of the High-level Week of the UN General Assembly. Photo credit: Laura Jarriel/UN Photo

The United Nations, with offices in 193 countries and 37,000 employees, is the world’s largest universal international multilateral organization. It inspires people from around the world to join its mission of maintaining peace, advancing human rights and promoting justice, equality and development. 

UNESCO International Mother Language Day
UNAI Quiz: International Mother Language Day

Twenty years ago, the United Nations proclaimed 21 February as International Mother Language Day in recognition of the importance of promoting and preserving linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day encourages UN Member States to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world and to promote unity in diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

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UNAI Quiz - Decade of Action

This year marks the beginning of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Global Goals, adopted by all countries in 2015, are our shared vision to end poverty, safeguard the environment and build a peaceful world. With only 10 years left to achieve the Goals, there is an urgent need to step up action.

At REBUILD Globally in Port-au-Prince, workers fabricate sandals made of recycled tires, an employment and vocational training programme partially funded by a Quick Impact Project grant from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN
UNAI Quiz: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Even though the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita worldwide is increasing year on year, there are still many countries in the developing world that are decelerating in their growth rates and moving farther from the 7% growth rate target set for 2030. As labor productivity decreases and unemployment rates rise, standards of living begin to decline due to lower wages.


Sustainable Development Goals