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UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

“We need new solutions in managing water resources so as to meet emerging challenges to water security caused by population growth and climate change,” said Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the foreword of the 

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

“Let us hope that this ceasefire holds, because it is at least one [piece of] good news among very bad news,” said Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, briefing the Security Council via videoconference from Brussels.

In memoriam: Stephen Hawking

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Prof. Stephen Hawking, Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). On 18 September 2015, Prof. Hawking delivered a Global Goals Message on sustainable development.

UN food relief agency and partners deliver much-needed aid to Syria’s east Ghouta

A United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy arrived in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Monday bringing life-saving aid to thousands of desperate people, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has reported.

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Comunidade Islâmica de Lisboa

On the invitation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative, George E. Rupp contributed this reflection on the fiftieth anniversary of the Communidade Islâmica de Lisboa. Dr. Rupp has served as President of Rice University and Columbia University (United States) as well as of the International Rescue Committee. His contribution launches a series of intellectual reflections on “unlearning intolerance” on the UNAI website in the context of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ focus on conflict prevention.

On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats

Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species.

Academic institutions support UNAI principles worldwide

United Nations Academic Impact members in action

Conferences, lectures, field trips, Model UN, scientific research, interaction with the diplomatic world and a close approach to the local communities and more: the broad range of activities and events in many parts of the world organized by the member institutions of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) shows the commitment of these educational and research centers to the activities and concerns of the United Nations.

In memoriam Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías, Rector of the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina).

‘Hell on earth’ in Syria’s eastern Ghouta must end – UN chief Guterres

Syria’s war-battered east Ghouta, the troubled Kasais region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where violence has sparked a major exodus of Muslim Rohingyas, were all in the spotlight as the Geneva-based Human Rights Council opened its session today.

Ahead of Social Justice Day, UN agency calls for fair labour migration governance

19 February 2018 - Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.

New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health agency

16 February 2018 - “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” said Princess

UNESCO and Global Citizenship Education

One of the indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, is the extent to which global citizenship education has been mainstreamed at all levels in national education policies, curricula, teacher education and student assessment. In this second part of a two-part series on global citizenship education, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) spoke with Lily Gray of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Liaison Office at United Nations Headquarters in New York on UNESCO work in global citizenship education and its relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In Seoul, UN chief says Global Goals must be a blueprint for fair globalization

8 February 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday highlighted the importance of engagement and empowerment to transform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into benefits for all people worldwide and called on all sectors of the society to actively involve themselves in this endeavour.

New York University Shanghai hosts Model United Nations Conference

New York University Shanghai hosted its inaugural Model United Nations Conference in November 2017 as the first such event organized in China by a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution.

World Cancer Day: UN agency chief urges greater access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment services

2 February 2018- Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services.

The UNtold story of the United Nations

1 February 2018 – Members of the United Nations Academic Impact network may be interested to know that a new edition of UNtold: The real story of the United Nations in peace and war is now available. Meant to entertain as well as inform, the book offers a journalistic take on the United Nations, highlighting particular moments in the history and growth of the institution.

Ensuring decent work for all through art and design

Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. How can art and design contribute to promoting decent work for all? The author of this contribution: Prof. Francisco Oncina Carratalá, is a Professor of Industrial Organization and Legislation at United Nations Academic Impact member institution School of Art and Design Superior of Alicante in Spain.

UN health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections

29 January 2018 – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E.

Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision

On the seventieth anniversary of the tragic death of Mahatma Gandhi, United Nations Academic Impact presents a look at the textile handicrafts of India set forth in the exhibition “Bapu: The Craftsperson’s Vision”, inasmuch as the exhibition helped share the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. The author, Sunaina Suneja, is a New Delhi designer who focuses on the textile handicrafts of India, in particular the handspun, handwoven fabric Khadi.