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UNAI 5th Anniversary Event: The Next Generation of Global Citizens

On 10 November 2015 to mark the fifth anniversary of United Nations Academic Impact, the Department of Public Information hosted half-day conversation on "the Next Generation of Global Citizens" and the importance of education in building the leaders of tomorrow, today.

2nd Annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 30 October 2015 UNAI held its 2nd annual J. Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series. The series was inaugurated in 2014 in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, former president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, J. Michael Adams. The keynote speaker at this year's lecture was Ambassador Joseph Pickering of the United States.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: How Cities Can Anticipate and Respond to Disasters

On 11 September 2015 UNAI organized a discussion under its START series: Skills and Technology Accelerating Rapid Transformation, which looked at how cities could better prepare and mitigate disasters.

2015 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum

On 24 July 2015 the 70 winners of the second annual Many Languages, One World international essay contest gathered at the UN General Assembly to present their action plans for the 2030 Agenda.

UNAI 4th Anniversary Event: Integrated Health, Integrated Approaches

On 18 November 2014 on the occasion of UNAI's 4th Anniversary a panel discussion examining approaches to integrated healthcare was held at UN HQ.

Human Trafficking: Combating Slavery in the 21st Century

On 9 April 2014 this event looked at not only the lasting vestiges of traditional forms of slavery and indentured servitude, but also contemporary issues of child, labor and sex trafficking.

UNAI 3rd Anniversary Event: Making a Difference

On 18 November 2013 to mark the third anniversary of UNAI, this event was an interactive conversation that brought together various stakeholders to discuss how best to make an impact in our communities.

CFR@UNAI: “Biology’s Brave New World: Looking Toward Threats to Global Health

On 1 November 2013 UNAI and the Council on Foreign Relations held a discussion on the issue of threats to global health.

Unlearning Intolerance: Celebrating the Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore

On 13 May 2013 UNAI held a conversation as part of its Unlearning Intolerance series that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the publication of Gitanjali, a collection of poems by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. : the Universal man in celebration of the centenary of the publication of ”. A conversation series to promote tolerance, mutual respect and cross- cultural understanding.

New UN chief Guterres pledges to make 2017 ''a year for peace''

1 January 2017- On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General, António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.

''On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,'' said Mr. Guterres in an appeal for peace.

EU commits additional 7 million euros to support UNICEF in Iraq

27 December 2016- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has received a new pledge of 7 million euros from the European Union to support the UN agency's work in Iraq, where an estimated 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance- half of them children.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Delivers Last Public Lecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

In his last public appearance as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon congratulated the institution on becoming a member of United Nations Academic Impact and he congratulated the Paul Simon Institute on its upcoming 20th&nbspbirthday. The institute&rsquos namesake was a renowned supporter of international education and of active U.S. engagement across the international agenda.

Security Council unanimously approves sending UN monitors to war-torn Aleppo

19 December 2016 – Alarmed at the “devastating” humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where perhaps thousands of civilians remain trapped, the Security Council today requested the United Nations and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered city.

Respecting gender parity, geographical diversity pledges, SG-designate Guterres picks core team members

16 December 2016 – The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres today announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017.

UNAI Launches Digital Discussion Series with Young Legislators Who Prove They’re #NotTooYoungToRun

 

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) has launched its new Digital Discussion Series, an online series of podcasts and social media conversations with innovators, researchers, activists and educators talking about a range of diverse issues that matter to the UNAI audience!

Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations

12 December 2016- Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General,António Guterrespledgedreposition development at the centre of the Organization'swork and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

Nearly 535 million children living in crisis-hit countries – UNICEF

9 December 2016 – As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, the agency today issued a stark warning that despite significant progress, too many children are still being left behind, with nearly 535 million of them living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services.

UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more pro-active approach on refugees

5 December 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

2 December 2016 - Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.

Partnership with MIT Solve Announced!

United Nations Academic Impact is officially partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on their first ever Solve Challenge, and we need your ideas! Solve is a new initiative from MIT that hopes to tackle some of the world's largest challenges by bringing people from various background together in order to come up with solutions and create projects to test those.