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Millions of children across Somalia vaccinated against measles in UN-backed campaign

8 January 2018 – One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were reached during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the United Nations has reported.

The Sea and Science

On 6 November 2017, a second symposium on The Sea and Science was held at the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution University of São Paulo (Brazil). The symposium, which was organized by CEDMAR (“Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar”)—a UNAI ASPIRE (Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education) chapter—took an interdisciplinary approach to the Law of the Sea, as it brought together scholars and researchers from various scientific fields as well as engineers, oceanographers and lawyers.

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpass one million, reports UN health agency

22 December 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.

Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF

15 December 2017 – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”

The 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects report published

13 December 2017 - The 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report was presented on 11 December 2017 by Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The report outlines prospects for the global economy in the upcoming years. The report focuses on the ways in which a fairer globalization can be achieved through public policies.

Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

11 December 2017 UNICEF released Monday its annual flagship report, the State of the World's Children. This year's report focuses on children in the digital age. UNICEF pointed out that digital technologies can be key to changing the fate of vulnerable children, providing them with new opportunities for learning, socializing and expressing their opinions, yet millions of children are being abandoned by an increasingly connected world. 

UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’

On the 6th of December 2017 the United Nations designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.

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.

Paramount that civilians are protected in Yemen, underscores UN

4 December 2017 – Voicing concern over the dramatic escalation in fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and surrounding areas, that have reportedly killed about one hundred people and injured many more, the United Nations called on the parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international law and ensure that civilians are not harmed.

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.

Technology and Global Citizenship Education

One of the indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, is the extent to which global citizenship education has been mainstreamed at all levels in national education policies, curricula, teacher education and student assessment. In this first of a two-part series on global citizenship education, we interviewed Dr.

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.

Antalya: Solutions to today’s development challenges exist in the Global South, stresses UN official

27 November 2017 – Solutions to today’s critical development challenges exist in the Global South, and every country – large or small, emerging economy or least developed – has something to offer to the world, a senior United Nations official said today, as the 2017 Global South-South Cooperation Expo opened in Antalya, Turkey.

UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya

20 November 2017 – Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Desperate Rohingya refugees use home-made rafts to get to Bangladesh – UN

17 November 2017 – Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand people have floated into Bangladesh, proof that Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate means to flee to Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

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.

Adopting UNAI principles: a new scientific study

16 November 2017  —  Researchers from seven institutions of higher learning have just published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology an article entitled “Adopting Basic Principles of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative (UNAI): Can Cultural Differences be Predicted from Value Orientations and Globalization?” UNAI member institutions represented among the authors were the Austrian Academy of Psychology as well as Pondicherry University.

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. 

In Manila, UN chief tells South-east Asian summit cooperation is vital to address shared challenges

13 November 2017 – Addressing the ninth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Secretary-General António Guterres called for collective global and regional action to combat the challenges facing the world, in particular, those related to climate change.

Unhealthy diets could undo progress on food security in Asia-Pacific, warns UN report

10 November 2017 – Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and promote consumption of healthier foods in the Asia-Pacific region – home to most of the world’s undernourished people – the United Nations food security agency said Friday.