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The Second Annual J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series

Learn more about the second annual J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series, featuring retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and his reflections on the past and future of the United Nations written by DPI Special Events Intern, Rocio Labrador.

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International Day for Tolerance: 16 November

The International Day for Tolerance is observed each year on 16 November. Learn more here, and read the message from the Director-General of UNESCO for the 2015 commemoration.

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The 15th East Asian Seminar on the UN System - The UN at 70 for a better World: East Asian Partnership in Global and Regional Governance

In October, the Shanghai UN research Association (SUNRA) organised, with support of the China Academic Net for UN Studies (CANUNS), Japan Association for UN Studies (JAUNS) Korea Academic Council (KACUNS) on the UN in collaboration with Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS), a workshop and seminar on The 15th East Asian Seminar in the UN System. Read more here.

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On fifth anniversary of UN Academic Impact, Ban stresses empowering youth to lead global progress

The UN News Centre covered our Fifth Anniversary commemoration yesterday. Find out more here as well as the link to the archived webcast, and the text of the message from the Secretary-General.

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Call for entries – Disarmament Poster Contest

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is pleased to sponsor the UN Poster for Peace Contest. Learn more here.

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Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda Series: Training the Next Generation of Public Health Professionals

This is the fifth article of the UNAI series “Public Health in the post-2015 development agenda”. Schools and departments of public health at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to showcase the importance of public health in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more from Dr. Regna Darnell from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

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United Nations Academic Impact at Five: “The Next Generation of Global Citizens”

Join us to celebrate the fifth anniversary of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). The event will take place on 10 November from 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Call for science briefs for the 2016 Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. Learn how you can participate here,

Enlightened Universe, an interactive sculpture for UN70

In New York's Central Park earlier this month, Ban Ki-moon unveiled Enlightened Universe, an interactive sculpture by renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron created in honour of the UN's 70th anniversary. Learn more here.

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Minister Al Kuwari presents Educate a Child book of photography at UNESCO

As part of its continued effort to highlight the pressing need for primary education for all, Educate A Child officially launched a new book at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in October. Entitled ‘Challenges & Reality’. Educate a child is a global programme of the Education Above All Foundation. The volume contains a new collection of images of out of school children from photojournalist Maher Attar.

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Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda Series: How Public Health Institutions can contribute to the post-2015 Development Agenda

This is the fourth article of the UNAI series “Public health in the post-2015 development agenda”. Schools and departments of public health at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the proposed SDGs and to showcase the importance of public health in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more from Dr. Helena Ribeiro, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of São Paulo on how Public Health Institutions can contribute to the post-2015 Development Agenda.

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A Q&A with Doug Roche – The UN in the 21st Century

Prof. Douglas Roche appeared at the United Nations Bookshop in New York on 8 October to launch his new book titled: “The UN in the 21st Century”. Prof. Roche was Canada’s Ambassador for disarmament, and was appointed to the Canadian Senate from 1998-2004. UN Academic Impact Intern Laura Phillips got a chance to meet with Prof. Roche beforehand to discuss some of the topics from his book.

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Celebrating UN Day on 24 October! #UN70

UN Day, celebrated on 24 October each year, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. Find out more here.

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70th Anniversary of the United Nations: Turn the World Blue!

Plans are underway to turn the world #UNBlue! To celebrate the70th anniversary of the United Nations, iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks across the globe will be lit up blue on UN Day, 24 October, to promote the UN's message of peace and dignity for all. Find out more here.

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“Silent Heroes” – Civil Society and the Refugee Crisis

Learn about a recent discussion in New York on the work of civil society members who are assisting refugees in this latest article from UN Academic Impact Intern Laura Phillips.

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World Statistics Day: "Better Data. Better Lives".

Today is World Statistics Day! This year’s theme emphasizes the critical role of high-quality official statistical information in analysis and informed policy decision-making in support of sustainable development. It also reflects the importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress.

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Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda Series: Integrated Approach Needed to Improve Health Outcomes

This is the third article of the UNAI series “Public Health in the post-2015 development agenda”. Schools and departments of Public Health at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the proposed SDGs and to showcase the importance of public health in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more from Dr. Dismas Ongore, the Director of the School of Public Health at the University of Nairobi, on the topic of an integrated approach with regard to public health interventions.

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Aspiring Towards a More Peaceful World: Reflections from students on the International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is commemorated each year on 21 September 2015. Over 700 students gathered this year at UN Headquarters in New York as part of a Global Student Videoconference. Learn more about the conference from students studying at East Stroudsburg South High School, a UNAI ASPIRE chapter.

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UN Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series: 30 October 2015 at UN Headquarters

The 2nd annual United Nations Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series will be held on 30 October from 1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. in Conference Room 4 at UN Headquarters. RSVP here.

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Laura swaps Old Aberdeen for New York

What's it like to be an Intern with the United Nations Academic Impact team during the busiest time in the UN calendar: The High Level Debate of the General Assembly? Find out in this interview with UNAI Intern Laura Phillips courtesy of UNAI Member, Aberdeen University.