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#Work4UN Series

The #Work4UN series has been designed to help you understand the UN, its structure, and some of the most common avenues available to join the organization.

From Many Languages One World to UN Volunteer: Bahati Ernestine

Bahati Ernestine was a winner of the contest in the English language group in 2016. She is a refugee from Rwanda living in Kenya, also a UN Volunteer with UNHCR in Nairobi and a nurse working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out how the MLOW experience helped Bahati take the first steps in becoming an advocate for the inclusion, integration and education for refugees.

We Are Indigenous: Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Indigenous Women

Indigenous activists Chandra Kalindi Roy-Henriksen, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Mirian Masaquiza Jerez and Mai Thin Yu Mon spoke to United Nations Academic Impact about the role of Indigenous women in elevating the voices of marginalized women and girls and breaking barriers to help them achieve their dreams.

Harnessing the Power of the Internet to Support Human Rights

The University of Essex, a UNAI member institution in the United Kingdom, launched the university’s Digital Verification Unit (DVU) to strengthen the use of emerging technologies in human rights investigations and prosecutions.

From Many Languages One World to Pediatric Doctor: Sammy Duncan Musungu

Sammy Musungu lived and studied medicine in Venezuela for seven years. Now a pediatric doctor in Kenya, he underscores the importance of multilingualism in his daily clinical decision-making and patient-doctor interactions.

COVID-19 And Higher Education: Ensuring Inclusive Continuity of Education through Global Cooperation

On 25 September 2020, UNESCO hosted a virtual presentation and discussion on the measures and achievements implemented by its newly launched Global Education Coalition in helping countries ensure education continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNAI Presents ‘Shaping Peace Together’ Virtual Concert to Celebrate International Day of Peace

To commemorate the International Day of Peace, on 21 September 2020 United Nations Academic Impact teamed up with musician and producer Beth Nielsen Chapman to host a virtual concert that featured renowned musicians, artists and speakers who shared their music performance and messages of peace.

We Are Indigenous: Breaking Media Stereotypes with Indigenous Storytelling

Indigenous scholars and activists Tarcila Rivera Zea (Chirapaq), Nikki Iyolo Sanchez (University of Victoria) and Qivioq Nivi Løvstrøm (University of Greenland) discussed the vital role of Indigenous-led media and positive story in broadening social perspectives and protecting Indigenous rights.

75 for UN75: A Conversation on Rethinking Youth Entrepreneurship

On 1 October 2020 UNAI hosted a webinar on the theme “Rethinking Youth Entrepreneurship” as part of the "75 for UN75: 75 Minutes of Conversation" series of online dialogues.

Imaginative Student Ideas to Solve Global Problems

Northeastern University, a UNAI member institution in the United States, has teamed up with GlobalShala, an online collaborative platform for learners and educators across the world to design a global competition to inspire student’s inventiveness and intensify their planet-protecting passions.

From Many Languages One World to UN Refugee Agency: Tom Okot

Meet Tom Okot, a winner of the Many Languages One World essay contest in the Spanish language group in 2016. Internally displaced from his home in Northern Uganda due to war, he is now a senior Programme Assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in San José, Costa Rica.

Join #PledgetoPause to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation Online

The world can only contain the coronavirus and its impacts if every person has access to accurate, reliable information. On 21 October 2020, lend your voice and join us to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online.

October Goal of the Month - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Peace, justice and strong institutions are foundations for building back better. COVID-19 knows no boundaries, and a coordinated global response is needed to create a better future for all.

The Humanitarian Impact of Locusts Plagues

The Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires – INSEAD, a UNAI member institution, through its Humanitarian Research Group, presented the outcome of a research project on the impact of locust plagues in vulnerable regions.

We Are Indigenous: ‘Culture Meets Care’ Essential for Indigenous Healthcare and Revitalization

Indigenous scholars Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Jaris Swidrovich (University of Toronto) talked to United Nations Academic Impact about developing culturally relevant health care initiatives that serve the Indigenous peoples' unique needs.

Examining the Human Cost of Nuclear Testing

26 September marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This article, published within the framework of this international observance aims to underline the importance of nuclear disarmament and analyze the human impact of nuclear testing.

Mainstreaming SDGs into College Curricula

Dork Sahagian, a professor of earth and environmental science at UNAI member Lehigh University, worked with a group of graduate students to conduct research and publish a model to enable universities to mainstream the SDGs into campus curricula.

September Goal of the Month - UNGA 75 Edition

In September, we focus on the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and a series of high-level meetings that address the Sustainable Development Goals, climate crisis, biodiversity, financing for development, and the effort to produce a COVID-19 vaccine accessible to all.

We Are Indigenous: Building Resilient Communities through Indigenous Consultation

Indigenous scholars John Scott (The Centre for Public Service Communications) and Professor Simon Lambert (Lincoln University) joined United Nations Academic Impact for a conversation that explores community-based environmental initiatives and disaster risk reduction through an Indigenous lens.

We Are Indigenous: Sustainability Inherent to Indigenous Political Ecology

Indigenous scholars Dr. Myrle Ballard (University of Manitoba) and Mylan Tootoosis (University of Saskatchewan) shared with United Nations Academic Impact how Indigenous political ecology seeks to understand the original practices in a changing world, and spark plausible innovation to foster a sustainable way of life.