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Deadline 24 April 2018: Registration for the conference The Role of Global Citizenship Education in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), reminds that the registration for the conference on “The Role of Global Citizenship Education in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond” will close on 24 April. The event will take place in the Conference Room 3 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the global community’s aspirations to build a more peaceful and sustainable future, and its determination to take bold steps that are urgently needed to shift the world towards a sustainable and resilient path. Around the world, however, increasingly complex and protracted crises are affecting humanity, especially with the rise of violent extremism. Consequently, the need for the benefits of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is ever greater.

Deadline 13 April 2018: Registration for the Students Seeking Solutions Conference: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation Challenge

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), the American Association of University Women, the United Nations Environment Programme and UNAI member institution Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States) reminds that the registration for the “Students Seeking Solutions Conference: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation Challenge" will close on 13 April. The event will take place in the Conference Room 2 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Spotlight Initiative: “Ending Violence against ALL Women and Girls”

30 March 2018 – Earlier this month, the European Union (EU) and United Nations advanced on a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls: the Spotlight Initiative: “Ending Violence against ALL Women and Girls” held in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (ECOSOC) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UNAI panel discussion on Unlearning Intolerance: Women in Mainstream Media

The United Nations Academic Impact presents a two-part panel discussion on “Unlearning Intolerance: Women in Mainstream Media” that will take place on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 8 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN chief honours those who suffered shameful Transatlantic slave trade, urges respect for dignity of every human being

25 March 2018 - Honouring those who suffered the brutalities of the Transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the International Day set aside to remember this “epically shameful” chapter of human history is an opportunity raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Young Adult Voices at the Commission on the Status of Women

On the invitation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative, Phoebe Warren, Political Science and History major at UNAI member institution McGill University, Canada, has shared the experience of The International Relations Students’ Association of McGill University delegation to the sixty-second Commission on the Status of Women.

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

“We need new solutions in managing water resources so as to meet emerging challenges to water security caused by population growth and climate change,” said Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the foreword of the 

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

“Let us hope that this ceasefire holds, because it is at least one [piece of] good news among very bad news,” said Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, briefing the Security Council via videoconference from Brussels.

Deadline 16 March 2018: Open Challenge “Students Seeking Solutions: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation”

Proposals for the “Students Seeking Solutions: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation” Challenge are due 16 March 2018. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students from around the world are invited to submit proposals for meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

UNAI member Sabancı University to co-host CSW62 side-event

United Nations Academic Impact member institution Sabancı University will co-host a panel discussion on “Private Sector: Agents of Change on Gender Equality, Private Sector Collaboration on Promoting Gender Equality and Combating Gender-Based Violence in Turkey”.

In memoriam: Stephen Hawking

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Prof. Stephen Hawking, Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). On 18 September 2015, Prof. Hawking delivered a Global Goals Message on sustainable development.

President of the Republic of Chile to speak at the 14th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture

6 March 2018 - The 14th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile. The event will take place on 6 April 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN food relief agency and partners deliver much-needed aid to Syria’s east Ghouta

A United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy arrived in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Monday bringing life-saving aid to thousands of desperate people, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has reported.

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Comunidade Islâmica de Lisboa

On the invitation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative, George E. Rupp contributed this reflection on the fiftieth anniversary of the Communidade Islâmica de Lisboa. Dr. Rupp has served as President of Rice University and Columbia University (United States) as well as of the International Rescue Committee. His contribution launches a series of intellectual reflections on “unlearning intolerance” on the UNAI website in the context of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ focus on conflict prevention.

On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats

Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species.

Academic institutions support UNAI principles worldwide

United Nations Academic Impact members in action

Conferences, lectures, field trips, Model UN, scientific research, interaction with the diplomatic world and a close approach to the local communities and more: the broad range of activities and events in many parts of the world organized by the member institutions of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) shows the commitment of these educational and research centers to the activities and concerns of the United Nations.

In memoriam Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías, Rector of the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina).

‘Hell on earth’ in Syria’s eastern Ghouta must end – UN chief Guterres

Syria’s war-battered east Ghouta, the troubled Kasais region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where violence has sparked a major exodus of Muslim Rohingyas, were all in the spotlight as the Geneva-based Human Rights Council opened its session today.

Ahead of Social Justice Day, UN agency calls for fair labour migration governance

19 February 2018 - Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.

New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health agency

16 February 2018 - “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” said Princess