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Every Migrant Has a Story to Tell

Emigration, identity, loss and exclusion: these are all themes award winning novelist Colm Tóibín explores in his work, and on Thursday, 11 February 2016 he paid a visit to the United Nations bookshop to talk about his novel Brooklyn, which includes many of these themes, and has now been made into an Academy Award nominated film.  

'The world needs science and science needs women,' says UN on new International Day

11 February 2016 – More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today marking the first 

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The Intimate Relationship between Food Security and Land

Most of our food is grown on the land, so there has always been a close link between the delivery of food security and land use. In the era before industrial fertilisers, improved crop cultivars and modern livestock breeds, producing more food largely meant converting more land to agriculture. Historically, the expansion of agriculture into forests and natural ecosystems has contributed significantly to the loss of ecosystem services. Much of this loss of forest and other natural systems occurred many centuries ago in Europe, East Asia, South Asia and parts of Africa, but has occurred more recently in North America and the populated parts of Oceania.

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The World’s Food Supply is Made Insecure by Climate Change

In the next 30 years, food supply and food security will be severely threatened if little or no action is taken to address climate change and the food system’s vulnerability to climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the extent of climate change impacts on individual regions will vary over time, and different societal and environmental systems will have varied abilities to mitigate or adapt to change.

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Food Security, Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the population predicted to increase to over 9.6 billion people by 2050, and food demand set to increase by between 60 and 100 per cent, the topic of increasing agricultural output to feed the growing population whilst reducing our global footprint is by far one of the biggest challenges society faces today.

UNAI and SDSN Join Forces to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals

Combating hunger, poverty, climate change, and gender inequality while promoting good health, education, clean water and sanitation, and decent work and economic growth are just a few of the aims of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

New Tool Helps Communities Better Understand Climate Change

A new tool helps scientists better communicate with communities on climate change issues, helping to raise awareness and stakeholder engagement around this global challenge.

Low Impact Living Can Yield High Returns in Happiness

Can living a lower impact life make you a happier person? Author Colin Beavan stopped by the bookshop at United Nations headquarters in New York to talk about his latest book, How To Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World, a road map to achieving happiness and fulfillment through every day choices and actions that can have a big impact on your life, your community and the world.

Lessons Learned from 70 Years of UN Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping

On Tuesday, 26 January more than 200 people attended an event co-hosted by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the International Studies Association (ISA) entitled "The United Nations Confronting War and Violence: Lessons after 70 Years."

The three hour discussion examined the lessons learned from seventy years of UN conflict resolution and what role academia, research institutions and data collection can play in strengthening peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. 

Public Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Series: Working to Promote Gender Equality among Public Health Initiatives

Sustainable Development Goal #5 calls for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. A key to ensuring women and girls have full participation in society is to guarantee their full and unfettered access to healthcare.

And Quiet Flows the River: Students use Dance and Song to Advocate for Environmental Change

The Cooum River was once considered a sacred waterway, even holier than the Ganges. But after decades of pollution, it is now filled with untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial waste. Students in the city of Chennai are coming together to bring attention to the issue, and using dance and song to inspire people to help restore the river to its former glory.

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New Report Examines Perception of Religion and Looks at Ways to Increase Dialogue and Trust across Faiths

The 2016 "Annual Dialogue Report", prepared by Media Tenor, was released today and examines ways in which we can build trust and increase dialogue across religious faiths.

Is a More Equitable Society a More Peaceful Society? UNAI-sponsored Conference Examines the Links between Poverty and Conflict

On 11 and 12 January 2016 UNAI, George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and People Programme International brought together scholars from various disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, politics and cultural analysis to discuss the causes of poverty and inequality, what could be done to combat these issues and what role the United Nations could play in the process.

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.

Chennai Flooding

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.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at COP21, Paris

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.