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‘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

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates sport as a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. Sport plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. Sport is also a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice.

In Seoul, UN chief says Global Goals must be a blueprint for fair globalization

8 February 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday highlighted the importance of engagement and empowerment to transform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into benefits for all people worldwide and called on all sectors of the society to actively involve themselves in this endeavour.

New York University Shanghai hosts Model United Nations Conference

New York University Shanghai hosted its inaugural Model United Nations Conference in November 2017 as the first such event organized in China by a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution.

World Cancer Day: UN agency chief urges greater access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment services

2 February 2018- Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services.

The UNtold story of the United Nations

1 February 2018 – Members of the United Nations Academic Impact network may be interested to know that a new edition of UNtold: The real story of the United Nations in peace and war is now available. Meant to entertain as well as inform, the book offers a journalistic take on the United Nations, highlighting particular moments in the history and growth of the institution.

Ensuring decent work for all through art and design

Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. How can art and design contribute to promoting decent work for all? The author of this contribution: Prof. Francisco Oncina Carratalá, is a Professor of Industrial Organization and Legislation at United Nations Academic Impact member institution School of Art and Design Superior of Alicante in Spain.

UN health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections

29 January 2018 – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E.

Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision

On the seventieth anniversary of the tragic death of Mahatma Gandhi, United Nations Academic Impact presents a look at the textile handicrafts of India set forth in the exhibition “Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision”, inasmuch as the exhibition helped share the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. The author, Sunaina Suneja, is a New Delhi designer who focuses on the textile handicrafts of India, in particular the handspun, handwoven fabric Khadi.

‘We are all at risk’ when humanity’s values are abandoned; UN honours memory of Holocaust victims

26 January 2018 – Calling on the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed, in his message for the International Day dedicated to honouring Holocaust victims, that everyone has a responsibility to quickly and decisively resist racism and violence.

Unemployment to remain high, quality jobs harder to find in 2018 – UN labour agency

22 January 2018 – While the global economy has kept up modest growth, the total number of unemployed people will likely remain high in 2018 – at above 192 million – and it will be harder to find a decent job, the United Nations labour agency reported on Monday.

UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan

19 January 2018 – The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the world and countering them cannot be the responsibility of one country alone, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, urging regional and multilateral cooperation, based firmly on human rights.

Disaster emergency management workshop

17 January 2018 - In August and October 2016, two strong earthquakes struck Central Italy, causing 299 deaths and 388 wounded. Several houses, public buildings and cultural sites in the region of Le Marche were severally damaged by the violent quakes. Subsequently, the Regional Education School of Public Administration of Le Marche engaged UNAI member institution Cerchio Blu in order to train all local police officers and rescuers involved in first responder activities.

An alert to the World: A video message from the Secretary-General

Dear friends around the world,

Happy New Year.

When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.

OECD-UN forum on strengthening collection and use of migration data kicks off in Paris

15 January 2018 – International organizations, policy experts, statisticians and civil society came together on Monday at a United Nations-supported forum in Paris to answer the global call for more accurate and timely information on migration flows and examine how improved data collection can feed into better policymaking.

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.