Events

Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Present at United Nations General Assembly in July 2017

ELS Educational Services is pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2017 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. 2017 is the fourth year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have sponsored Many Languages, One World. This year ELS and the UNAI also welcome Northeastern University as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Symposium.

“Our oceans, our future”: Ocean Conference in New York

The spotlight will be on the ocean at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Ocean Conference puts Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on use of the oceans, seas and marine resources at the center of attention. In particular, the Conference aims to be a turning point regarding maritime pollution and its negative effects for people, animals and nature.

Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting

Every year, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) hosts a three-day Annual Meeting, drawing together 250–350 academics and practitioners from around the world. This year, the Annual Meeting is being held 15–17 June, at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea in co-operation with the Korean Academic Council on the United Nations System (KACUNS).

GoGreen Week

GoGreen Week, an annual tradition in its third year, returned to NYU Shanghai this spring with a flurry of events related to the environment, wildlife, energy, food and sustainable development organized by the student club Green Shanghai.

UN calls for recognizing the rights of people with autism to make their own decisions

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations today called for recognizing the rights of people with the spectrum neurological condition, which is believed to affect 70 million people around the world.

One Week Left to Enter the Many Languages, One World 2017 Contest

There is only one week left to submit your essay to the 2017 Many Languages, One World contest!

Essay submission deadline is 31 March 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT! To enter today, click here!

New York City Students' Art and Writing to be exhibited at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, together with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, will open the third annual New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition at The Met's Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on Friday, March 24, 2017. This special exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Museum hours from March 24 through May 29, 2017.

At Prevention Forum, Participants Discuss Education Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Delegates and members of civil society gathered on 13 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss and provide a forum for debate on strategies and methods for the prevention of violent extremism.

The Forum, co-organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) Media and Information Literacy programme and the United Nations Academic Impact’s (UNAI) Unlearning Intolerance programme, carried the theme “Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism.”

The Africa We Want

On 30th January 2017, the 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, began with a call to action by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres, who urged young people to speak up and share their stories.

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.