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United Nations projects an increase in the world's urban population

The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) launched this week the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects.

A true story about a Mayan weaver from the highlands of Guatemala: Sheba Velasco

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) as part of its outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development shares this story as written by Sheba Velasco, a culture and language interpreter. The relevance of indigenous peoples for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was highlighted in the recent 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York,

Student at Pomona College leads a "zero-waste" commencement initiative

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), as part of its outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, shares this story submitted by Pomona College, a UNAI member institution, on an initiative in line with the UNAI principle on sustainability.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 3

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 3: Ensure ehealthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

University students find solutions to achieve SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

With the collaboration of the Lehigh University, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) co-organized the Students Seeking Solutions Conference: SDG 6 Challenge that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

On Chinese Language Day: Education in China and the SDGs

A panel discussion on “Education in China and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20 April 2018 with the participation of Chinese scholars as well as representatives of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

Partnership between universities and local governments featured in START seminar

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted a seminar on 10 April 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York that addressed partnerships in the state of Kerala, India between educational institutions and local governments in support of sustainable development. The seminar focused on meeting the essential needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Global security challenges discussed at Model UN hosted by Al Farabi Kazakh National University

The UNAI Global Hub on Sustainability jointly with the Model United Nations (Model UN) New Silk Way Program organized the International Student Conference "Model UN - New Silk Way-2018" (MUN NSW-2018) in Almaty at Al Farabi Kazakh National University (Al Farabi KazNU) from April 27-29. The delegates of the conference focused on the global challenges of the 21st century, including the events in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula.

CTAUN Conference focused on the protection of children

The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN)—a long-time partner of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative—held its 19th Annual Conference last month at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Over 600 educators from the United States and other countries took part in the meeting.

2018 United Nations Global Citizenship Education Seminar

With the collaboration of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) co-organized the 2018 United Nations Global Citizenship Education Seminar that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Importance of academia highlighted in the 40th session of the UN Committee on Information

During the general debate of the 40th session of the Committee on Information (COI) that was held this week at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a number of Member States of this intergovernmental body highlighted the critical importance of academia and the institutions of higher education as partners of the United Nations.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 2

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

“What matters in the job market is what’s in the head, not on it”: the 2015 UN-Making of Hate Diversity Contest winner “With or Without”

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) presents a series of articles on some of the projects implemented by the recipients of the UN-Making of Hate Diversity Contest held in 2015. The contest was born out of a partnership between the UNHATE Foundation of United Colors of Benetton and UNAI oriented on young people’s grassroots efforts in ending hate and intolerance.

Global Partnership Elevates Student Leadership for Sustainable Development

30 April 2018 - The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Millennium Campus Network (MCN) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership advancing UN goals. Building on their combined 17 years of experience engaging institutions of higher education, MCN and UNAI are partnering on the Millennium Fellowship. The Class of 2018 application and details are online at millenniumfellows.org. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis through 15 July 2018.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 1

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

Building Bridges Project in India. Photo: Eyerusalem Debebe

Building Bridges in India

Our project, “Building Bridges” is a coalition between Enactus St. Mary’s and GMR Varalkshmi Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to empower underprivileged youth throughout India.

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.

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.