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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!

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!

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!

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!

UNAI Quiz: Capacity-building

Capacity-building implies developing and strengthening skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. An essential ingredient in it is transformation generated and sustained over time from within. A transformation that goes beyond performing tasks to changing mindsets and attitudes. The second UNAI principle is "Capacity-building - A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

UNAI Quiz: Addressing poverty

Nearly half of the world’s population currently lives in poverty, lacking access to proper nutrition, clean drinking water, and adequate health services. The first Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 1: No Poverty, includes specific targets to eradicate extreme poverty, and ensure proper access to economic resources for all individuals around the world. The first UNAI principle is "Addressing Poverty - A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

A Global Citizen and a Champion for Peace

It is sinful for a writer not to think about political subjects… Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Equitable Innovation: The Uncharted Play Effect

This article from Uncharted Play is the final piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovation series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal. Please note that the interviews and articles are for discussion, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.

Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure: How Speaking Engagements Lead to Entrepreneurial Success for Women

This article from Innovation Women is the fourth piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovation series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

‘Smart’ Apparel for the Future: Functionality vs. Fashion

This mini-biography of Madison Maxey is the third piece in the UNAI Women in Science, Technology and Innovations series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and/or submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

Time Poverty and the Importance of Culturally Relevant Innovations in the Developing World

This mini-biography of Sarah Collins is the second piece in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Women in Science, Technology and Innovations series that analyses the gender dimension of Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation. Leading women inventors of the 21st century were asked to avail themselves for interviews and/or submit articles highlighting the gender dimension of their work, research or inventions as they relate to SDG #9 and outlining their implications in helping to realize that goal.

Reflections on the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

In memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations annually observes the International Holocaust Remembrance day. During this year’s commemoration week, the United Nations Department of Public Information organized special exhibitions, film screenings, NGO briefing and the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony to bring awareness and remind the world of the threat posed to us all when genocide and crimes against humanity are allowed to occur. 

Effat University Students Participate in SDG Conference

On 7 December 2015, my classmates Rahaf, Hanan and I were informed that we would be participating in a video conference with Chestnut Hill College. We were ecstatic. The event began with an ice breaker video conference in which both sides briefly spoke about the educational and extra-curricular cultures and backgrounds within their respective universities. Later, it was an honour to hear about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from experts like Wayne Jacoby, Abdullah Alsultan, Patience Stephens, Pragati Pascale and Ramu Damodaran.

WoW - With or Without Empowering women through employment

In 2015 United Nations Academic Impact and the United Colours of Benetton’s UnHate Foundation collaborated on a global diversity contest which challenged young people to come up with projects to combat discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance in their communities. Ten winning projects were awarded grants of €20,000 each to realize their ideas.

Multilingualism Brings Us Closer

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, I was a volunteer at the 3rd Annual J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series. This was particularly a rewarding experience since I was involved in planning the event, creating and sending invitations and writing introductory speeches, and loved seeing the event come into fruition.