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United Nations invites young scientists for input to Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, for which inputs are requested from young scientists worldwide.

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UNAI launches J Michael Adams Conversation Series at UNHQ, 21 October

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) launched the J. Michael Adams Conversation series on 21 October 2014, with an inaugural lecture by the well-known Saudi Arabian scientist Dr. Hayat Sindi. The series, launched in the context of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Organization, is named for Dr. J. Michael Adams, who was pivotal in enlarging the reference to non-governmental organizations in Article 71 of the Charter to academic institutions by leading the successful effort of the first university–Fairleigh Dickinson–to obtain consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. While President of the International Association of University Presidents, Dr. Adams contributed immensely in time, wisdom and counsel to the definition of UNAI, which was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November 2010.

United Nations Day: Message of the Secretary-General

24 October, United Nations Day, 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. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a message on the occasion of the 2014 United Nations Day.

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Music for Peace: The Soil and Simphiwe Dana

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted another of its “Music for Peace” conversations on 9 October 2014 in Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium with featured performances by South African a cappella group, the Soil, and singer and song writer Simphiwe Dana.

UNAI Launches J Michael Adams Conversation and Lecture Series

On 21 October 2014 United Nations Academic Impact launched a new conversation series with a lecture by well-known Saudi scientist Dr. Hayat Sindi.

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World Humanitarian Summit and Academic Partnerships

The World Humanitarian Summit is an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve global disaster preparedness and response. WHS offers opportunities for schools of higher learning and research to collaborate with the United Nations in developing practical application to solve humanitarian challenges.

UNAI-HGU Forum on Higher Education in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa

SIDS, which is a special group of 51 Small Island Developing States and territories with similar development and environmental challenges, are subject to structural vulnerability. UNAI and Handong Global University organized an educators' forum on capacity building in higher education in SIDS countries, on the margins of the Third International Conference on SIDS, in Apia, Samoa.

Reflections on the 500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals

Leila and Miriam Bouchekouk, from UNAI ASPIRE Chapter East Stroudsburg South High School, have written reflections on their experiences at the 500 Days of Action for the MDGs with Malala and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Malala at UN Headquarters

Malala Yousafzai, the young education advocate from PAkistan, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 18 August, marking 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”

Handong Global University invites UNAI members to join UNESCO UNITWIN initiative

Handong Global University through UNESCO UNITWIN initiative provides an online platform for lecturers to upload their lectures and materials and offers grants for participating lecturers.

UNAI forum on education in small island countries to take place in Samoa, 1 September 2014

Handong Global University, in association with the United Nations Academic Impact, is organizing an international forum focusing on capacity building in education in the Small Island Developing States, on 1 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The meeting will take place in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held in Apia from 1 to 4 September 2014.

UNAI – HGU forum on education in small island countries to take place in Samoa, 31 August - 1 September 2014

A UNAI – HGU forum, focussing on ““Capacity Building in Higher Education, Energy, and Entrepreneurship for Achieving Sustainable Development in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS),” will take place in Apia, Samoa on 31 August - 1 September 2014.

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Seventieth anniversary of the United Nations

On 24 October 2015, the United Nations will turn 70. To facilitate the observance of UN70, the United Nations has created the “UN70 Logo.” Its use is encouraged for educational and public outreach projects advancing the goals laid down in the United Nations Charter.

Opinion: A spirit of inclusion and collaboration

Michael Healey is a teacher and Advisor, UNAI ASPIRE, East Stroudsburg South High School, Pennsylvania, USA. In this opinion piece, he discusses the experience of his school's ASPIRE group in promoting a culture of dialogue and inclusion.

UNAI to host conversation on fracking, 16 July

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. For many energy-hungry countries, fracking offers great opportunity. But scientists have warned that this could lead to serious environmental degradation.

Momentum builds to achieve more Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015

The latest UN report on the Millennium Development Goals has both goods news and bad. Many MDG targets have been met, but several lag targets. The UN is urging final push to seize on results and available solutions.

Momentum builds to achieve more Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015

The latest UN report on the Millennium Development Goals has both goos news and bad. Many MDG targets have been met, but several lag targets. The UN is urging final push to seize on results and available solutions.

Second UNAI Collegian Research Paper Contest and Global Conference, 28 August 2014

Academic Impact Korea is inviting students from UNAI member institutions to the Second Collegian Research paper Contest and Global conference

10 finalists for each of the 6 official languages

For winners of UN essay contest, multilingualism makes the world go ‘round

On 27 June 2014, winners of the UNAI - ELS essay contest, Many Languages, One World, attended an International Youth Forum in the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

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Forum on MOOCs at UN Headquarters, 19 June 2014

The Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and the United Nations Academic Impact hosted a forum on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in the Developing World on 19 June 2014 at United Nations Headquarters. The event is also sponsored by the Institute for International Education (IIE). The forum too the form of a debate: will massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide worldwide access to quality higher education, as advocates maintain? Or will MOOCs, as critics fear, foster Western academic dominance, fail to serve those most in need, and undermine local institutions?