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The UNMaking of Hate: Young People win €20,000 to Combat Intolerance in United Colors of Benetton UNHate Foundation and UNAI Diversity Contest

On 26 June 2015 the winners of the 2015 United Colors of Benetton UNHate/UNAI Diversity Contest were announced at UN HQ in New York. The contest received more than 100 entries from 31 countries around the world, with innovative ideas and solutions for tackling everything from homophobia to racism, gender-based discrimination, homelessness, interethnic conflict, xenophobia and exclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Countering destruction of and trafficking in cultural property: from lessons learned to implementation

"Countering destruction of and trafficking in cultural property: from lessons learned to implementation", by UNAI intern Achuth Krishnan. Read more here.

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Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Meet at UN General Assembly in July 2015

From a pool of over 1,200 entrants, 70 students from 42 countries representing 60 universities have been selected as winners of the Many Languages, One World international essay contest. The contest is organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). Read more here.

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Youth empowerment a focus at the second annual UN Sustainable Energy For All Forum in New York City, 18 to 21 May.

Leaders from government, business and civil society gathered at the second annual UN Sustainable Energy For All Forum (SE4All) in May to share and advance sustainable solutions on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Read more here from UNAI Intern, Zinnia Batliwalla

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The Protection of Human Rights in Europe, a dialogue between Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe and Paris

On 30 May 2015, the UNAI Global Hub on Human Rights, the Paris-Sorbonne University, held a ceremony and panel discussion with the University of Cologne to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their joint French German law degree. Read more here.

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Searching for Transcendence at the Hinge of History

In this article, the second in our academic series, scientist Stuart Kauffman and co-authors Caryn Devins, Roger Koppl and Teppo Felin present their views on moving forward with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Secretary-General appoints Nikhil Seth as Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced today the appointment of Nikhil Seth of India as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Read more here.

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Secretary-General visits Republic of Korea for key education events

At the end of May, the Secretary-General undertook a trip to the Republic of Korea to attend a series of events, including those involving students.

International Association of University Presidents Fiftieth Anniversary

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in Oxford, UK with a conference on 24 May. Find out more here.

UN at 70: News from UNA Northern Ireland "Help sought to create UN archive"

UN Academic Impact members in Northern Ireland may be interested in this Letter to the Editor of The News Letter on 9 May 2015

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Rethinking Economic Growth

In this article, the first in a series on Science and Development, scientist Stuart Kauffman discusses his concept of the “unprestatable” and its relationship to economics and development:

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Deadline for UNHATE Foundation - UNAI International Diversity Contest extended to 31 May 2015

The United Nations Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the UNHATEFoundation, launched the UNHATE NEWS initiative as part of its efforts to create a world without hate and where human rights are recognized. As a powerful and thought provoking digital initiative, its objective is to invite people to create news "stories" they would like to see come true, stories whose inherent ideas provoke thought and actions.

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Global Interactions and Millennium Milestone Maker award

Global Interactions has announced the recipients of its Millennium Milestone Maker award. The Millennium Milestone Maker Awards will be presented to MMM winners on May 16 -17 at the 9th Annual Women’s Symposium, taking place on the SIAS International University campus, Henan Province, People’s Republic of China.  

The winners announced by Global Interactions are Denise Love, Rose Mapenda, Michael Murtaugh, and Padmini Murthy. 

UN bodies present projects showing how ‘Big Data’ can save lives, fight hunger

Anonymized data from mobile telephone usage could provide vital support in efforts to achieve sustainable development and to respond to humanitarian crises, according to insights derived from a study by the United Nations.

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We are pleased to welcome the Association of Science-technology Centers (ASTC) as a new partner

Fourth Anniversary of UNAI

To celebrate its fourth anniversary the UNAI in partnership with Monmouth University and ASPIRE East Stroudsburg South High School presented a conversation on global health at United Nations Headquarter on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The proposed programme included a presentation on global health by a UN expert, a student panel and an expert panel from both Academic Institutions. The event was concluded with an interactive dialogue with all panellists on stage.

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.