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Secretary-General António Guterres (left), alongside Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, briefs the Security Council on building regional partnerships in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias
UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan

19 January 2018 – The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the world and countering them cannot be the responsibility of one country alone, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, urging regional and multilateral cooperation, based firmly on human rights.

Education for Sustainable Development Report: call for abstracts

In 2016, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) joined forces to announce a strategic collaboration to activate universities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations to advance teaching, applied research and problem-solving around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Disaster emergency management workshop

17 January 2018 - In August and October 2016, two strong earthquakes struck Central Italy, causing 299 deaths and 388 wounded. Several houses, public buildings and cultural sites in the region of Le Marche were severally damaged by the violent quakes. Subsequently, the Regional Education School of Public Administration of Le Marche engaged UNAI member institution Cerchio Blu in order to train all local police officers and rescuers involved in first responder activities.

The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is now open

17 January 2017 - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa are inviting students from around the world to participate in the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15 July to 20 July 2018.

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ASPIRE students at the International Peace Light Ceremony, East Stroudsburg.Photo: Mahdi Bouchekouk
Enlightening the Next Generation with Peace

"We do not see the expression in young people of the forms of xenophobia, or intolerance, or racism that are unfortunately now prevailing in many of our societies. We see young people reacting to this with new forms of interaction and solidarity […]." -United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Smiles all around. Participants in the 10th edition of the UN Geneva Seminar Series, 12 and 13 October, Palais des Nations. UN Credit: Sophie Timmermann
Disasters-SDGs-Undersea tsunami research: an exciting seminar

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the famous French scientific research ship Marion Dufresne. Aboard the vessel, Professor Satish Singh, geophysicist and head of the "Mirage II Expedition", video-linked to the Palais des Nations, where more than 120 university students drink in his words and conjure the pictures of the explorers and researchers, under the sea, learning how tsunamis are created and looking for ways to detect them better and faster.

Volunteers with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa and UNV Executive Coordinator, Olivier Adam at the World Conference Center in Bonn today. Photo: UNV
COP 23 training motivates, inspires and informs more than 600 volunteers

More than 600 volunteers are trained today for the UN Climate Change Conference COP 23 held in Bonn from 6 through 17 November.

United Nations Academic Impact member Amity University
A meaningful and purposeful gift to humanity

After the cessation of the disastrous Second World War in 1945, the people of this Earth were blessed with the coming into existence of the United Nations. The birth of the United Nations heralded an era of peace and safety for many nations that were threatened by powerful and expansionist neighbours.

Wenzhou Medical University debuts as a UNAI member

On 5 May 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United Nations Academic Impact welcomed one of its newest members—Wenzhou Medical University (WMU)—as it took part in a discussion on China’s medical care and medical education. The United Nations Chinese Language Programme organized the discussion.

Giving Youth a Voice

“What year will it be when your children will be the same age as you today?” asked Jacques Attali, Founder and President of “Positive Planet”. Though we face many difficulties, the positivity of youth brings a brighter vision for our future—as envisioned by this question from the  keynote address at the Seventh International Forum of NGOs on “Youth and their Social Impact”, organized by UNESCO and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in partnership with the Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK), and held on 3-4 May 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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