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UNAI and ELS Launch 2016 Many Languages, One World Essay Contest!

United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Inc. have launched the third annual Many Languages, One World essay contest. Students could win an all expenses paid trip to New York City and the chance to speak in the United Nations General Assembly!

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Call for Applications: 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme

The United Nations Department of Public Information is currently seeking applications from young journalists and broadcasters for the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

Happy New Year from UNAI

UNAI wishes you a Happy New Year filled with exploration, discovery and knowledge!

Cross Cultural Collaboration to Achieve the SDGs

A new program initiated by Global Education Motivators (GEM) between Chestnut Hill College in the United States and Effat University in Saudi Arabia aims to use cross cultural collaboration and communication to increase understanding and advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Global Education Motivators initiate funding drive to help victims of Chennai flooding

On December 2, 2015, torrential rains in Chennai, India triggered the region's worst flood in over 100 years, killing 300 and leaving the city of 4.8 million people underwater. Their library that housed more than 10,000 books now has only 20. GEM has set up a funding drive to raise funds to replace the library

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UNAOC Call for application for the Youth Event for our Global Forum in Baku

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) invites young people from around the world who are members of youth led organizations/networks/initiatives to apply to the Youth Event at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku on April 25-27, 2016.

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Nations Reach Historic Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December, 195 nations adopted an historic, legally binding agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. The Paris agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

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Promoting and Protecting Freedom: Human Rights Day 2015

“Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.” –Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General

This Thursday, 10 December, is Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

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The Fast Track to End AIDS

December 1 is World AIDS Day and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about what has been accomplished and the challenges that remain. The theme for World AIDS Day 2015 is ‘On The Fast Track to End AIDS:Ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals’.

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World Leaders Meet in Paris to Tackle Climate Change

Today marks the beginning of the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21). Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

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The Preventable Pandemic: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to Orange the World: End Violence against Women and Girls using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

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World Toilet Day Raises Awareness About Sustainable Sanitation

An international day devoted to toilets? Many people around the world think you’re joking when you tell them that 19 November is World Toilet Day. But access to clean water and sanitation is no laughing matter.

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A Tree Grows in Bridgeport: A Celebration of UN70

On 30 October 2015 the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT USA celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations with a tree planting ceremony.

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Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao discusses his new book: The UN that I lived

Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao, journalist and diplomat, discusses his new book: The UN that I lived, which focuses on his four years at the UN in New York.

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Launch of Annual World Risk Report Highlights Dangers of Food Insecurity

Today the Alliance Development Works and the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University launched the World Risk Report 2015. The 74 page report, launched in Berlin in both English and German, details the intersectionality between disaster risk reduction and reducing food insecurity among vulnerable populations around the world.

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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.