UN urges renewed fight to end female genital mutilation as populations grow where practice occurs

6 February 2017 – Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.

Early cancer diagnosis, better trained medics can save lives and money – UN

3 February 2017 - Early cancer diagnosis saves lives and cuts treatment costs, the United Nations health agency today said, particularly in developing countries where the majority of cancer cases are diagnosed too late.


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Announcing of Prevention Forum- Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

You are warmly invited to attend the ‘Prevention Forum’ discussion series on 9 February 2017 from 3pm to 6pm at the United Nations Headquarters. The forum is co-organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) Media and Information Literacy programme and United Nations Academic Impact’s (UNAI) Unlearning Intolerance’ programme, under the theme - ‘Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism’.

At Youth Forum, UN calls on young people to help realize a better future for all

30 January 2017 – Drawing attention challenges such as climate change, unemployment and inequality, confronting young people around the world, including in places where peace prevails, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for the youth to speak up and share their stories.

Honouring Holocaust victims, UN chief Guterres pledges to battle anti-Semitism, all forms of hatred

 The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, noting that building a future of dignity and equality for all will honour the victims of this “incomparable tragedy in human history […] who we will never allow to be forgotten.”

Announcing of Many Languages, One World® Contest 2017

ELS Educational Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the fourth year of sponsorship, in conjunction with the United Nations Academic Impact, of the Many Languages, One World® Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum for 2017. This year welcomes Northeastern University as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Conference.

At talks in Astana, UN envoy on Syria urges mechanism to oversee ceasefire

23 January 2017- International talks to extend the ceasefire in Syria started today in the Kazakh capital of Astana, with the United Nations Special Envoy said the ceasefire can be solidified if a mechanism to oversee and implement it is created.

2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum-Regional Breakout Session: “Africa’s Youth On The Rise! Harnessing Africa’s Youth Dividend To Achieve Prosperity For All”

You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming interactive Regional Breakout Session on Africa during the 2017 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on the 30 - 31 January 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme for this year’s session is “Africa's Youth on the Rise! Harnessing Africa's Youth Dividend to Achieve Prosperity for All”.

55th Geneva Graduate Study Programme On “Climate Change, Migration and Violent Extremism: The United Nations’ Role In Preventing Conflicts Spurred By The Challenges Of Our Time”

The 55th Graduate Study Programme will be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 3 to 14 July 2017. This year’s theme is: “Climate Change, Migration, Violent Extremism: The United Nations’ Role in Preventing Conflicts Spurred by The Challenges of Our Time”. It will comprise lectures and panel discussions given by senior officials and experts of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies.

Deadline Extension: Call For Proposals – African Peacebuilding Network now extended to 27TH January 2017!

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) announces the 27th January 2017 deadline extension for grant applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions or regional governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Africa.

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

20 January 2017 – Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty.

Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG): Call for Papers on Postcolonial Theory and the Reinterpretation of ‘Natural’ Disasters

In view of the next annual Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) international conference to be held in London between  29th of August and  1st of September 2017, the RGS-IBG invites scholars to contribute empirical, as well as conceptual papers that apply postcolonial theory to explore ideas around but not limited to:

UNAI Digital Discussion Series with Homeward Bound Expedition Female Scientists

As part of its Digital Discussion Series, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is carrying out a series of interviews with top female scientists who took part in the Homeward Bound Expedition to Antarctica in December 2016- including Carol Devine, Holly North, Lauren DuBois, Phoebe Barnard, Cristina Venables, Meredith Nash and Denise Hardesty.

UN rights chief urges executives gathering in Davos to stand up for human rights

13 January 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today called on business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss town of Davos next week to use their considerable influence to stand up for human rights and prevent rights violations in countries where they operate.

At Security Council, UN chief Guterres makes case for new efforts to build and sustain peace

10 January 2017 – Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

3rd Annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 1 December 2016 UNAI held its 3rd annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture series which featured Mark Harris, President Emeritus of ELS Language Services and Berlitz, the sponsors of the annual Many Languages, One World international essay contest and global youth forum. Mr. Harris gave a talk entitled "Living in a Shrinking World, Sharing Our Future Together!". The J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture series is named in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, former president of Fairleigh Dickinson University J. Michael Adams.

2016 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum

On 29 July 2016 students from all over the world gathered at the UN for the Many Languages One World Global Youth Forum. From a pool of over 3,600 entrants, 60 students were selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. Students were provided with an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the UN General Assembly Hall and present their action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

70 Years of UN Communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective

On 12 April 2016 UNAI hosted a symposium entitled “70 years of the UN’s Communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective” which examined the policies and activities of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) for the past 70 years and looked at future communications strategies from the perspective of public diplomacy.

The United Nations Confronting War and Violence: Lessons After 70 Years

On 26 January 2016 UNAI hosted a discussion entitled :The United Nations Confronting War and Violence: Lessons After 70 Years" which examined the lessons learned from seventy years of UN conflict resolution and what role academia, research institutions and data collection can play in strengthening peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping.