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Winners of multilingual essay contest to meet at UN Headquarters on 27 June 2014

Sixty college and university students from 26 countries have been invited to attend a youth forum at UN Headquarters on 27 June 2014 to discuss the role of multilingualism in a globalized world. They are winners of an international essay contest, organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) of the Department of Public Information.

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Forum on MOOCs at UNHQ, 19 June 2014

The Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and the United Nations Academic Impact will host a forum on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in the Developing World on Thursday, June 19, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at United Nations Headquarters. The event is also sponsored by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

KazNU to host conference on education

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the UNAI global hub on sustainability, will host the III Asian Universities Forum in Almaty on 21 – 23 May 2014. The theme of the conference is: “Eurasian diversity and the role of universities in sustainable development.”

Archbishop Tutu on CAR: “People must re-learn to live together.”

As the conflict in the Central Africa Republic continues to widen, world leaders have expressed support to the call by the United Nations Secretary-General to end the fighting. The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa issued the following statement on 20 April in Cape Town.

Reactions to UN climate report call to boycott fossil fuel companies

In a statement delivered at Brown University last week, the Costa Rican diplomat warned that it was harmful to argue that one institution divesting from the fossil fuel industry won’t make a difference.

Archbishop Tutu on CAR: “People must re-learn to live together.”

As the conflict in the Central Africa Republic continues to widen, world leaders have expressed support to the call by the United Nations Secretary-General to end the fighting. The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa issued the following statement on 20 April in Cape Town.

University of Essex promotes green innovation and business

University of Essex, a leading university in UK and a member of UNAI, continues t lo lead initiatives in support of the United Nations goal on climate change and sustainability.  Its latest initiative was a seminar on Green Innovation and Business Growth, organized as part of the United Kingdom’s annual Climate Week (3 – 9 March 2014).

U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe to Speak At Long Island University, 17 April

United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe, Ph.D., will be speaking at LIU Brooklyn on April 17 at 3 p.m., as part of the U.N. Ambassador Speakers Series implemented this semester. Dr. Ashe will speak to the LIU community about major issues that are currently under discussion at the United Nations.

HEA summer intensive session at the United Nations, 9 – 15 June 2013

HEA summer intensive session at the United Nations, 9 – 15 June 2013

 

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UNAI Activity Reports, submission deadline 15 April 2014

UNAI Activity Reports, submission deadline 15 April 2014

ECA to launch new report on Africa at UNHQ on 11 April

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSSA) is inviting UNAI members, especially those in New York and neighbouring states, to the New York launch of the 2014 economic report on Africa, which will take place on 11 April 2014 from 10:00 – 12:00 noon in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters.

Music for Peace: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

on 2 April 2014 the Refugee All Stars, a group formed by refugees from Sierra Leone, were at the United Nations Headquarters to take part in the United Nations Academic Impact’s conversation series, “Music for Peace”.

Monmouth University to host annual Global Understanding Convention, 7 – 11 April 2014

Monmouth University, a UNAI member based in New Jersey, USA, will host its 13th annual Global Understanding Convention from 7 – 11 April, under the overall theme, “Towards global equality: education, dignity, prosperity.”

“Many Languages One World” contest draws over 1,000 entries

 

Through the earbuds you can follow the meeting in any of the six official UN languages

A panel of international judges, convened by UNAI and drawn from language programes of the United Nations, will now review the essays and make final selections.  Semi-finalists will be announced by 15 April 2014.

UNAI launches “Music for Peace” series with concert by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan

On 24 March 2014 UNAI launched “Music for Peace,” a new conversation series with the objective of learning from world class musicians and music teachers about the role of music in promoting peace, conflict resolution and cross-cultural dialogue.

Secretary-General meets with President of FDU



On 11 March 2014, the Secretary-General met with the newly appointed President of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mr. Sheldon Drucker, at UN Headquarters.  The Secretary-General congratulated Mr. Drucker on his appointment and hoped that he would continue the tradition of close partnership between the UN and FDU set by Mr. Michael Adams, his predecessor.

Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey, USA)  was the very first institution to join the United Nations Academic Impact in November 2010.UNHATE Foundation launches diversity contest with UNAI

International Women’s Day: Elevating the Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

To commemorate International Women’s Day, on 6 March 2014 the United Nations Academic Impact co-hosted with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Enough Project, a special event at UN Headquarters to focus on raising awareness about the role of “conflict minerals” and their link to sexual violence.

Secretary-General congratulates KazNU on the launch of UNAI hub on sustainability

Below is the message of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Kazakh National University on the occasion of the launch on 3 March 2014 of the United Nations Academic Impact hub on sustainability:

I congratulate the al-Farabi Kazakh National University on the launch of the United Nations Academic Impact hub on sustainability. With this initiative KazNU is showing a strong and welcome commitment to mobilize the global academic community in a vital area of human concern.

Many Languages One World Essay Contest EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 March 2014

As part of the UN Academic Impact’s commitment to multilingual education, ELS Educational Services and UNAI have launched a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding.  The deadline for submission of the student essays has been extended to 15 March 2014...
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Handong Global University holds 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Training in Wench, Ghana


Handong Global University, Republic of Korea, held its 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) session in Wench, Ghana from 16 – 22 February. A collaboration between two UNAI members, HGU and Methodist University College, Ghana (MUCG), the session brought together 125 trainees from 7 West African countries. In addition to students, it included professors, organizational heads, business and NGO partners and 45 Ghanaian National Service personnel led by the director of the program of the Government of Ghana.