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UNAI QUIZ SDG 1: NO POVERTY

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Millennium Fellow Nathan Tom: Culinary Collective Project

In this week’s article, a member of the 2018 Class of Millennium Fellows, Nathan Tom, describes his experiences as the Co-Founder of the Culinary Collective Project at Arizona State University.

Department of Global Communications promotes Gender Equality in March

The content, gathered from across the UN System, includes the UN Secretary-General's message for the Day, an interview with former UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox, and information on the International Labour Organization's new report, "A Quantum Leap for Gender Equality".

Winter School at Al Farabi KazNU discusses the risks of journalism profession

The Faculty of Journalism of the Kazakh National University held the 6th International Winter School for young journalists from Central Asian countries. More than 170 media scholars and journalists shared with students the professional techniques of the media profession, the new trends in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and insights into the future of the media market.

American University of Greece uses education to bridge boundaries and change lives

The American College of Greece (ACG), working together with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the American College of Thessaloniki/ACT and the American Farm School, launched the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” providing higher education scholarships to 87 refugees. Scholarship recipients included 24 women and 63 men, ages 18 to 40, from 14 countries to help pay for their studies at ACG for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

Data Science: Challenges and Opportunities

Join United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Hasso Plattner Institute for a discussion on the immense opportunities and challenges presented by our increasingly data-driven society, the value that can be gained from data that is well-prepared and the dangers of data when misapplied. We have access to, and use, more data than ever, but what are the opportunities and challenges presented by such a data-driven society?

Prof. Felix Naumann, chair for information systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam in Germany, will deliver a talk on these issues followed by Q&A with the audience on Monday, 25 March in the ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

International Day of Forests Quiz

Forests cover one third of the Earth's land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people - including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.

UN event highlights the role of education in preserving and promoting indigenous languages

On the occasion of the International Year of Indigenous Languages and the International Mother Language Day, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library of the United Nations hosted a panel discussion to spotlight the importance of preserving indigenous languages and integrating them into the education system.

UNAI QUIZ: International Women’s Day 8 March

International Women’s Day is 8 March!   The day is an opportunity to reflect on progress made, advocate for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The Sustainable Development Goals for a Local Community: Moving towards Global Change

The ASPIRE chapter of East Stroudsburg hosted a free community screening of Black Panther and held a panel discussion to explore the film’s underlying themes, discuss the promotion of inclusivity, dispel stigma, and imagine a more equitable community through the arts.

UNAI SDG Hub appeals for increased global action on clean, affordable and modern energy

The Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) actively promotes regional cooperation and knowledge transfer on climate change and green energy issues.

Ahfad University for Women conducts local and regional activities to promote gender equality and empower women and girls

In 2018, Ahfad University for Women’s (AUW) Gender and Reproductive Health and Rights Resource and Advocacy Center (GRACe) conducted activities to promote Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Apply to be a Millennium Fellow to advance the SDGs in your community!

The United Nations Academic Impact and Millenium Campus Network proudly present the Millennium Fellowship - a semester-long leadership development programme on your campus to take your social impact to the next level. Apply by 30 April!

#SDGsinAcademia: SDG Hub for Goal 17

This week our #SDGsinAcademia series features the American University in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), a member institution of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), that has been chosen as the SDG Hub for Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta

Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, researches the evolution of infectious diseases and has made important contributions to epidemiology. Listen to UNAI’s interview with Prof. Gupta to learn about her research in infectious diseases, what she views as the greatest threats to human health and her advice for women and girls interested in science.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard

Dr. Ayanna Howard is a roboticist and chair for Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech University whose research has focused on technology development, artificial intelligence, robotics and engineering. Before entering academia, Dr. Howard worked at NASA where she was the principal investigator for the effort that led to unmanned planetary rovers on Mars. Listen to Dr. Howard's interview to learn how a popular TV show piqued her interest in robotics when she was young, why she thinks artificial intelligence could level the playing field in education and the importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in STEM fields.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Architect Abeer Seikaly

Abeer Seikaly is an architect, artist, designer, and cultural producer. In 2012, Sekaily was awarded the Lexus Design Award for her work, “Weaving a Home", which reexamines the traditional architectural concept of tent shelters by creating a technical, structural fabric that expands to enclose and contracts for mobility while providing the comforts of contemporary life for refugees seeking shelter from disasters carry from their homes. Seikaly talks with us how questions drive her work, the influence of history and invisible mentors in her life, her faith in collaboration to help advance ideas and the importance of empathy in any field.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Mathematician Hasibun Naher

Hasibun Naher is a professor of mathematics who develops simulations of natural disasters such as earthquakes, storm surges and tsunamis to improve forecasts, warn populations earlier and save lives. Dr. Naher spoke to us about the importance of failure as a part of learning, how her name predicted her career path, using math to save lives and why being a scientist is one of the most exciting jobs in the world.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa had a 30-year career at NASA where she served as director of the Johnson Space Center from 2013 to 2018, leading the human space flight enterprise for the nation. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993 and has flown in space four times. She is the recipient of many awards including NASA's highest award and three honorary doctorates. In her interview, Dr. Ochoa talks about finding her path to physics and engineering, conducting science experiments in space and the creativity and curiosity needed for STEM careers.

Women and Girls in Science Podcast Series: Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki

Naoko Yamazaki is an astronaut who has served aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station. In the second interview of our series, Ms. Yamazaki talks about her career path, her role models and her advice to young women and girls who want to pursue STEM careers.