New York University Shanghai hosts Model United Nations Conference

New York University Shanghai hosted its inaugural Model United Nations Conference in November 2017 as the first such event organized in China by a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution.

Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision

On the seventieth anniversary of the tragic death of Mahatma Gandhi, United Nations Academic Impact presents a look at the textile handicrafts of India set forth in the exhibition “Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision”, inasmuch as the exhibition helped share the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. The author, Sunaina Suneja, is a New Delhi designer who focuses on the textile handicrafts of India, in particular the handspun, handwoven fabric Khadi.

ECOSOC Youth Forum: a discussion for and by young people

29 January 2018 – The seventh annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum is taking place from 30 to 31 January 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will meet with government ministers and officials to discuss how young people can advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN urges international cooperation to make migration safer in a world on the move

18 December 2017 – On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Reaching beyond Academia to Influence Policy

March of Dimes Canada, a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with disabilities and a United Nations ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), highlights in this article the advantages of partnerships between academics and NGOs to promote research and evidence uptake especially in the disability field.

Young leaders advancing sustainable development

In this article, United Nations Academic Impact member Millennium Campus Network (MCN) reports on the ninth annual Millennium Campus Conference (MCC17), held last month in Rabat, Morocco, and its focus on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Olympics, the Earth & Its Citizens

30 November 2017 - A panel discussion on “The Olympics, the Earth & Its Citizens” will take place on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The event is related to the launch of a new annual “Forum to Address Issues of the Environment and Global Citizenship”. The panel will include leaders in science, education, sports, business and international affairs.

The origins of genocide

17 November 2017 — “The Origins of Genocide: Abolishing Atrocity since the Enlightenment” was the topic of a lecture given by Dirk Moses, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney, on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. The talk focused on the evolution of the vocabulary used to denounce mass atrocities from the sixteenth century onward.

Combating Sexual Violence: Thoughts from Lehigh University on "Women Uniting Nations"

16 November 2017 — The following submission comes from United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution Lehigh University, which organized a viewing on campus of the webcast Fourth Annual UNAI J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation “Women Uniting Nations: A Conversation on Struggles against Sexual Violence around the World” held on 27 October 2017. 

Peace is ... Solidarity

13 November 2017 — The fifth instalment of “Peace is …“ took place on Monday at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in collaboration with the Department of Public Information, “Peace is … Solidarity” featured an artistic performance by the COBU collective entitled “Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing”. Led by Yako Miayamoto, the COBU female artists combined tap dancing with traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.

On Anne Frank Diary Anniversary, Students to Take Part in Interactive Holocaust Education Programme, Learn about Plight of Today’s Refugees, Migrants

16 November 2017  — To mark the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, the United Nations Department of Public Information, in partnership with New York’s Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Facing History and Ourselves, will host an interactive educational programme for more than 500 high school students on Thursday at New York Headquarters.

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.

World Experiences Foundation Celebrates Global Education and Leadership at Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala

On 9 September 2017, WEF celebrated its Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala during an evening of multicultural experience in Oklahoma City. In the presence of some 350 global citizens, various community members were acknowledged for their ongoing contribution to make societal inclusion, multiculturalism, pluralism and multilingualism a reality for all.

UNAI Presents Digital Discussion Series on Sustainable Tourism

The year 2017 has been designated as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations. Aligning with this focus, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) will publish a new digital discussion series on sustainable tourism. The relations between sustainable tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the major topics of discussions of this series.

Peace is… beautiful

15 August 2017 — The fourth event of the “Peace is…” series hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations took place on Friday in the lobby of the General Assembly Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event, entitled “Peace is… beautiful”, celebrated friendship and the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Gulf College celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Gulf College, through its Centre for Languages and Cultural Studies, beamed with pride as it undertook to uphold its mandate as a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) in celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May 2017. The theme “Exploring the World of Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Multiculturalism” helped focus good practices that encourage cultural pluralism and discourage all expressions of extremism and fanaticism, highlighting instead the values and principles that bring people together.

Applications open: International Symposium “Contemporary Pedagogy: Responsibility and Training for the Future's Society”

19 August 2017- Antonio Meneghetti Faculdade (AMF), a Brazilian member of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), invites all UNAI members to participate in the international symposium “Contemporary Pedagogy: Responsibility and Training for the Future's Society” in Paris on 6 September. Applicants are asked to submit their letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) until 30 August to

UNAI Global Hub on Sustainability and Model UN-New Silk Way discussed collaboration opportunities for the Silk Road countries

18 August 2017- The Global Hub UNAI on Sustainability Al Farabi Kazakh National University has contributed to the workshop of the Model UN - New Silk Way Program discussing collaboration opportunities for the Silk Road countries on 21 July 2017.  The workshop was organized by the Model UN - New Silk Way program for the international and national students – participants of the Silk Road Summer School in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Youth Voices on Substance Abuse: A Guide to Empowerment and Action

18 August 2017 - The Youth Voices on Substance Abuse: A Guide to Empowerment and Action program engaged over one hundred upstate New York high school students in studies of key human rights documents, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals, followed by readings and classroom discussions exploring the causes and results of potentially addictive substance use.