International Day against Nuclear Tests

Yesterday was the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The UN will commemorate the day this year on 5 September with an Informal Meeting of the General Assembly in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. It is being convened by the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremić, followed by a High-Level Panel organized in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan.

Secretary-General addresses UNAI students in the Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General visiting the Namdaemun (South Gate) of Seoul on his visit to the Republic of Korea (August 2013).

World Humanitarian Day 2013

Today is World Humanitarian Day, the day in 2003 when 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

It's a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit of people helping people that motivates this work. This year the World Humanitarian Day project is a month-long campaign of events around the world to raise much-needed funds to continue the effort to help others.

Happy International Youth Day!

Today is International Youth Day and the theme this year is Youth Migration: Moving Development forward

At the second Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting in April 2012, developing countries, donors and development banks made commitments to address barriers to delivering sustainable water and sanitation services.

The Rising Global Thermostat

The Secretary-General has recently written a piece in the summer edition of Americas Quarterly entitled The Rising GLOBAL THERMOSTAT - What business can do to lower the temperature.

You can read the article here: 

Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

Are you studying or working in the  field of disaster risk reduction?

If so, you may be interested in submitting a paper for Jàmbá:  Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.

Celebrating Mandela Day

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote

UNAI Member New York University will be running a course this summer related to the United Nations, beginning on 29 July.

Find out more from the

When I say Malala, you say day; Malala… Day!...Malala…Day!

On the day of July 12, 2013,  I felt as if I was reborn into a greater person. I also saw this same type of rebirth to everyone around me.  The Malala in all of us shined that day…

Secretary-General joins commemoration of MLK’s speech

28 August 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in front of 250,000 people, the speech spoke to the universal human desire for dignity and freedom and the importance of working together for the common good.

Beijing Normal University joins UNAI

At a special ceremony held on 1 July 2013, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (BNUZ) unveiled a plaque that replicated the UNAI logo. Earlier, Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), presented the UNAI Membership Certificate to BNUZ. Mr. Nasser congratulated BNUZ for its emphasis on building a cross-culture platform for international students and promoting communication and understanding of different cultures.

Launch of the 2013 Global Innovation Index

Today in Geneva, the Secretary-General spoke at the launch of the 2013 Global Innovation Index at the Economic and Social Council in Geneva. UNAI Member Cornell University co-produced the Index with the World Intellectual Property Organization and INSEAD Business School. You can read the Secretary-General's speech below and find out more about the Index from INSEAD Business School


Young Professionals Programme 2013

The UN is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant.

The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.

New video of the Afghan Youth Orchestra

Take a look at this recent “My Dream” video featuring the Afghan Youth Orchestra (AYO) performing their new arrangement of UN Messenger of Peace Mr. Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Heaven Help Us All.” Richard Katz of THEDREAM@50 project says of the video:

NYU-Shanghai delegation visits UN HQ

A five member delegation from NYU–Shanghai University, led by its newly appointed Chancellor, Dr. Yu Lizhong, at a meeting at UN Headquarters recently with members of the UNAI team assured of its commitment to promoting the ten principles on UNAI through a variety of collaborative activities.

Honouring Rabindranath Tagore

On 30 May, the United Nations Academic Impact honoured the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, whose collection of poetry, Gitanjali, and its universal message of harmony were the focus of an event at UN Headquarters in New York aimed at promoting mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding. “Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure.

Cross Cultural Conference & International Week

The 9th International Week with the Cross-Cultural Conference took place last month at the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria. It was the largest and most successful of all since the programme began. Professors and academics of 20 nations held around 35 lectures and discussed intercultural matters at the Cross Cultural Conference 2013.

International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2013

The General Assembly, by its resolution A/RES/66/281, has proclaimed 20 March as the International Day of Happiness.  The resolution recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals ... and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives; and the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

Queens Museum of Art and UNA-Queens Chapter Celebrate Mandela’s Birthday with the United Nations Academic Impact’s 7/18 Initiative on July 18

Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life in public service, fighting apartheid, promoting human rights and creating a culture of peace and understanding. In recognition of his service, the United Nations in 2009 declared 7/18 (18 July) – his birthday – as Nelson Mandela Day.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon states: “A healer of nations and a mentor to generations, Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he is affectionately known by millions – is a living symbol of wisdom, courage and integrity.”

Winner Notification of Brookings/UNAI Speech Writing Contest

The Brookings Institution and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) are pleased to announce winners of the Brookings/UNAI speech writing contests for university students. The Brookings Institution in Washington DC and UNAI launched the global contest, inviting the students around the world to imagine a speech that would be made by the Secretary-General at the opening of the next session of the General Assembly.

Sustainable Peace for A Sustainable Future: 100-day countdown

Today, we start the 100-day countdown to the observance of

Among the present threats to world peace are the growing scarcities of natural resources. The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to or fuelled by valuable natural resources, such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber or water.