Events

New Partnerships for Digital Education

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address core development issues including education.

At Youth Forum, UN calls on young people to help realize a better future for all

30 January 2017 – Drawing attention challenges such as climate change, unemployment and inequality, confronting young people around the world, including in places where peace prevails, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for the youth to speak up and share their stories.

Honouring Holocaust victims, UN chief Guterres pledges to battle anti-Semitism, all forms of hatred

 The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, noting that building a future of dignity and equality for all will honour the victims of this “incomparable tragedy in human history […] who we will never allow to be forgotten.”

3rd Annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 1 December 2016 UNAI held its 3rd annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture series which featured Mark Harris, President Emeritus of ELS Language Services and Berlitz, the sponsors of the annual Many Languages, One World international essay contest and global youth forum. Mr. Harris gave a talk entitled "Living in a Shrinking World, Sharing Our Future Together!". The J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture series is named in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, former president of Fairleigh Dickinson University J. Michael Adams.

2016 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum

On 29 July 2016 students from all over the world gathered at the UN for the Many Languages One World Global Youth Forum. From a pool of over 3,600 entrants, 60 students were selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. Students were provided with an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the UN General Assembly Hall and present their action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

70 Years of UN Communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective

On 12 April 2016 UNAI hosted a symposium entitled “70 years of the UN’s Communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective” which examined the policies and activities of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) for the past 70 years and looked at future communications strategies from the perspective of public diplomacy.

The United Nations Confronting War and Violence: Lessons After 70 Years

On 26 January 2016 UNAI hosted a discussion entitled :The United Nations Confronting War and Violence: Lessons After 70 Years" which examined the lessons learned from seventy years of UN conflict resolution and what role academia, research institutions and data collection can play in strengthening peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping.

UNAI 5th Anniversary Event: The Next Generation of Global Citizens

On 10 November 2015 to mark the fifth anniversary of United Nations Academic Impact, the Department of Public Information hosted half-day conversation on "the Next Generation of Global Citizens" and the importance of education in building the leaders of tomorrow, today.

2nd Annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 30 October 2015 UNAI held its 2nd annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series. The series was inaugurated in 2014 in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, former president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, J. Michael Adams. The keynote speaker at this year's lecture was Ambassador Joseph Pickering of the United States.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: How Cities Can Anticipate and Respond to Disasters

On 11 September 2015 UNAI organized a discussion under its START series: Skills and Technology Accelerating Rapid Transformation, which looked at how cities could better prepare and mitigate disasters.

2015 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum

On 24 July 2015 the 70 winners of the second annual Many Languages, One World international essay contest gathered at the UN General Assembly to present their action plans for the 2030 Agenda.

UNAI 4th Anniversary Event: Integrated Health, Integrated Approaches

On 18 November 2014 on the occasion of UNAI's 4th Anniversary a panel discussion examining approaches to integrated healthcare was held at UN HQ.

Human Trafficking: Combating Slavery in the 21st Century

On 9 April 2014 this event looked at not only the lasting vestiges of traditional forms of slavery and indentured servitude, but also contemporary issues of child, labor and sex trafficking.

UNAI 3rd Anniversary Event: Making a Difference

On 18 November 2013 to mark the third anniversary of UNAI, this event was an interactive conversation that brought together various stakeholders to discuss how best to make an impact in our communities.

CFR@UNAI: “Biology’s Brave New World: Looking Toward Threats to Global Health

On 1 November 2013 UNAI and the Council on Foreign Relations held a discussion on the issue of threats to global health.

Unlearning Intolerance: Celebrating the Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore

On 13 May 2013 UNAI held a conversation as part of its Unlearning Intolerance series that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the publication of Gitanjali, a collection of poems by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. : the Universal man in celebration of the centenary of the publication of ”. A conversation series to promote tolerance, mutual respect and cross- cultural understanding.

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The UNMaking of Hate: Young People win €20,000 to Combat Intolerance in United Colors of Benetton UNHate Foundation and UNAI Diversity Contest

On 26 June 2015 the winners of the 2015 United Colors of Benetton UNHate/UNAI Diversity Contest were announced at UN HQ in New York. The contest received more than 100 entries from 31 countries around the world, with innovative ideas and solutions for tackling everything from homophobia to racism, gender-based discrimination, homelessness, interethnic conflict, xenophobia and exclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Soil

Music for Peace: The Soil and Simphiwe Dana

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted another of its “Music for Peace” conversations on 9 October 2014 in Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium with featured performances by South African a cappella group, the Soil, and singer and song writer Simphiwe Dana.

UNAI Launches J Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 21 October 2014 United Nations Academic Impact launched a new conversation series with a lecture by well-known Saudi scientist Dr. Hayat Sindi.

10 finalists for each of the 6 official languages

For winners of UN essay contest, multilingualism makes the world go ‘round

On 27 June 2014, winners of the UNAI - ELS essay contest, Many Languages, One World, attended an International Youth Forum in the United Nations General Assembly Hall.