News

Speakers on stage at Sorbonne event

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.

UNAI logo

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.

UN Secretary-General addresses UNAI in Seoul

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

UNAI logo

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:

UNHATE contest logo

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.

Millennium Development Goals logos

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.

The Association of Science-technology Centers

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.

Secretary-General Ban & Hayat Sindi

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.

The Soil

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.

World Humanitarian Summit logo

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