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World Science Day for Peace and Development 10 November

Science is highly diverse. Each year, World Science Day for Peace and Development offers an opportunity to demonstrate why science is relevant to people&rsquos daily lives and to engage them in debates on related issues. In 2016, the celebration focuses on science centres and science museums to highlight their important contribution to science communication.

On historic day for climate action, Ban urges sustained momentum for better, safer future

4 November 2016 – As the Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the same determination going forward to implement the Agreement as well as to achieve the 

Seton Hall Sustainable Development Challenge

Come up with an innovative idea to address climate change, poverty, education or another Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), and you could win a Seton Hall scholarship and cash prize to help you put your project idea into action!

2017 Echidna Global Scholars Program

The Centre for Universal Education at Brookings has extended the deadline for submissions to the 2017 Echidna Global Scholars Program, and will now receive applications until November 14, 2016. Echidna Global Scholars spend nearly five months at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to pursue research on global education issues with an emphasis on girls’ education.

Almost one in seven children breathing heavily toxic air – UNICEF report

31 October 2016 – About 300 million children in the world are living in areas with outdoor air so toxic – six or more times higher than international pollution guidelines – that it can cause serious health damage, including harming their developing brains, a new United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report has revealed.

Global Goals can 'propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,' Ban says on UN Day

24 October 2016 – In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous UN staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to respond to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world.

Translating Goals into Action: Academia Towards an Inclusive Society

This article from UNAI member university Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture (BNCA) for Women is the fourth in the UNAI START series that looks at Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Schools and departments of urbanization at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the design and construction of more resilient and sustainable cities for the 21st century, and to showcase the importance of addressing urbanization in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

RiverCity Gothenburg: A City Built On Inclusion

This article from the Gothenburg City Council is the third in the UNAI START series that looks at Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. UNAI member institutions as well as government leaders and policymakers were asked to submit articles highlighting research and policy development and implementation relating to the design and construction of more resilient and sustainable cities for the 21st century, and to showcase the importance of addressing urbanization in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

Urban Resilience for a Changing Climate

This article from UNAI Member School New York University is the second in the UNAI START series that looks at Sustainable Development Goal #11:Sustainable Cities and Communities. Schools and departments of urbanization at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the design and construction of more resilient and sustainable cities for the 21st century, and to showcase the importance of addressing urbanization in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda: Growing Cities and Opportunities

Today, 54 per cent of the world's population lives in urban areas, accounting for more than 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and consuming close to two thirds of the world's energy.  Projections show that the number of city dwellers will only increase, reaching 6 billion inhabitants by 2050.

Building Cities of the Future Must Start Today

This article from the Asian Development Bank is the first in the UNAI START series that looks at Sustainable Development Goal #11:Sustainable Cities and Communities. Schools and departments of urbanization at UNAI member institutions were asked to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the design and construction of more resilient and sustainable cities for the 21st century, and to showcase the importance of addressing urbanization in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016   Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

Security Council recommends former Prime Minister of Portugal Guterres as next UN Secretary-General

6 October 2016

The Security Council today formally chose the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term when incumbent Ban Ki-moon steps down on 31 December.

The recommendation, made in a resolution adopted in a private meeting by acclamation, now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval. 

Call for Participants for COP22 Side Event in Marrakech 10-11 November

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22)  and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.
 

UN Secretary-General´s message on World Habitat Day

3 October 2016

Later this month, Governments and their partners will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).Held every 20 years, the Habitat conference is designed to reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the towns and cities of the future to look like.

UN unveils data partnership with Twitter in support of Global Goals

The United Nations Global Pulse initiative launched a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders to ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”

Migration Dynamics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

Prof. Aderanti Adepoju of the Human Resources Development Centre in Lagos, Nigeria notes that over 31 million Africans live outside the country of their birth, the majority within the African continent. In fact, the majority of migration is intra-regional or intra-African, especially in west and southern Africa and only about 25 percent of African migrants go to Europe.

Europe and the Refugee Crisis: A Challenge to Our Civilization

Prof. Laura Zanfrini of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy argues that the current refugee crisis is emblematic of Europe’s ambivalence and failure to manage forced migrations in the present time.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Video Message for International Day of Peace observances

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.