Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Meet at United Nations General Assembly in July 2016

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and ELS Educational Services, Inc., are pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. This is the third year ELS Educational Services Inc. and UNAI have partnered to organize Many Languages, One World®.

On Youth Skills Day, Ban urges more investment to assist the 'working poor' and jobless

15 July 2016 – With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day today.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Receives Honorary Doctorate from UNAI Member Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

On 25 June 2016 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received an honorary doctorate from the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, a member of the United Nations Academic Impact since 2012.

Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.

Thousands of Tech Developers Gather at United Nations for World’s Largest Mission Driven Open Source Conference

On 8 July Open Camps began its annual 10-day conference using open source technologies for social good at United Nations Headquarters in New York. As many as 8000 developers from open source communities, private sector technology companies, academic institutions and UN Member States will attend hundreds of workshops to learn how they can develop partnerships and explore open source technology solutions that support the substantive work of the UN, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on overharvesting

7 July 2016 – A new report out today from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels.

Some 3.6 million Iraqi children in firing line and ‘relentlessly targeted,’ UN reports

One out of every five Iraqi children are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new United Nations report.

In A Heavy Price for Children: Violence destroys childhoods in Iraq, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that some 3.6 million children are in danger - an increase of 1.3 million in 18 months.

UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs

27 June 2016 – The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.

On International Yoga Day, Ban spotlights importance of healthy living in realizing Global Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Countries Commit to Action to End AIDS by 2030

United Nations Member States committed to implementing a bold agenda to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 8 to 10 June. The progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets and actions that must be achieved by 2020 if the world is to get on the fast-track and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNAI Members Using Sport for Development

Sports provide more than just a way to stay fit, they can be a powerful tool to promote cross cultural understanding, social integration and economic development across geographical, cultural and political contexts. Several United Nations Academic Impact member institutions have recognized the pivotal role athletics can play in bridging these divides and have undertaken a number of initiatives to capitalize on the unifying power of sport.

The Silent Tsunami: Summer Course Examines Food Insecurity and Poverty

Food insecurity and hunger have been called the silent tsunami, a wave that leaves 795 million people, 1 in 9 worldwide, chronically malnourished. A new one week summer course on poverty and food security offered by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Roma Tor Vergata, looks at the factors that contribute to food insecurity and analyzes ways to reduce poverty and eradicate hunger.

ASPIRE Chapter Spotlight: East Stroudsburg South High School

UNAI ASPIRE chapters are designed to empower students to become active agents of change in their classrooms, communities and countries. The East Stroudsburg South High School ASPIRE Chapter translates these words into action to make an impact globally and locally by actively pursuing social justice while developing a broader understanding of global citizenship.

Wild for Life: World Environment Day 2016 Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade & Protecting Endangered Species

This is a Giant Sable, a large, rare sub-species of sable antelope that is found in Angola's forested highlands and nowhere else in the world. The animal is threatened by poaching and habitat loss and appears on a list of endangered species who face extinction due to illegal wildlife trafficking. Now the whole world is trying to cooperate in order to save this species and many others.

WHS: UN humanitarian summit to 'shape a different future,' Ban tells thousands at opening ceremony

23 May 2016 – At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.

The UN in Your World: Awareness and Action on the SDGs

Three members of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) began working together this spring to help support the success of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by collaborating across cultures to broaden perspectives on how to achieve the Global Goals.  Under the direction of  Global Education Motivators (GEM), students from Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, United States, worked in support of the UNAI directive “to provide a mechanism for such institutions to commit themselves to the fundamental precepts driving the United Nat

Call for Applications for the 2016 UNAOC Fellowship Program

The 2016 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship Program is now open for applications from emerging leaders and young professionals from Europe, North America (EUNA), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


As Predicted: A Rising Tide of Migration

(“As the Marshall Islands and several other small island states around the world struggle with saltwater intrusion into their fields and a dwindling fresh water supply, a future abroad is beginning to creep into the minds of local residents,” Eric Holthaus writes for Columbia Law School Magazine. Photo: UNDP)

By David Funkhouser

World Press Freedom Day 2016: Ensuring Freedom of Information and Safety for Journalists!

Each year on 3 May World Press Freedom Day offers an opportunity to remember journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty while reaffirming the international community’s commitment to the principle of press freedom.  Last week United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a conference in observance of World Press Freedom Day 2016 entitled “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!” at UN Headquarters in New York.