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.

UN officials optimistic of Paris climate accord’s entry into force by year’s end

29 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today announced that the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is closer to entering into force, as India – a country that produces more than four per cent of global emissions – plans to submit its ratification at the end of the week.


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment. Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS-related causes each year. And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

United Nations Democracy Fund Call for Proposals

If you or your organization have a project proposal that will strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage participation of all groups in the democratic process, this is your chance to receive funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

Participants endorse 'Ashgabat Statement' as first-ever UN conference on sustainable transport ends

27 November 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conferenceconcluded today in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,' with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.

Young Scientists IAUP Conference Call for Papers

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) Programme Committee invites you to participate in the new Triennial IAUP Young Scientists Conference from 5th-8th July 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Early career researchers and PhD students are invited to submit individual paper or poster presentation abstracts until the 15th December, 2016 deadline. All submissions will be reviewed according to scientific quality criteria. Accepted contributions will be published as hard copy collected abstracts and distributed at the conference.











At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.

UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ kicks off 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence

21 November 2016 – The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior United Nations official said today, lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action – and more funding – to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all.

On World Toilet Day, UN spotlights the impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods

18 November 2016 - To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the oft-neglected global sanitation crisis, the United Nations is also spotlighting the impact of sanitation -or lack of it -on livelihoods and work environments.

MARRAKECH: Ban hails ''new dawn of cooperation on climate change,'' urges action on Paris accord

14 November 2016 - Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders showed strong support for the implementation of this agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) today.

International Science Center & Science Museum Day: Local to Global Solutions for Sustainability

Today is World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) and UNESCO and the International Council of Museums, science centers, science museums, and their worldwide networks have organized the first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) to mark the occasion!

UNAI and Factslides Join Forces to Raise Awareness about SDGs among Students and Teachers

United Nations Academic Impact and educational website are working together to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals among students and teachers by offering interesting and engaging facts on the Global Goals.