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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.

The Secretary-General issued List of Shame with his report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, 11 June 2012

The Secretary-General issued his annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council which gives an overview of the situation of girls and boys in conflict zones and measures taken for their protection. The report includes a list of parties who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals; the so-called “list of shame.”   “2011 shows a mixed picture.

Japanese edition of Basic Facts about the United Nations by UNAI member Kwansei Gakuin University published

The most recent (2011) edition of the best-selling handbook Basic Facts about the United Nations has been translated into Japanese and published by Kwansei Gakuin University. First published in 1947, Basic Facts about the United Nations outlines the structure of the United Nations, how it works, and its main activities and driving concerns. The book explores UN contributions to international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian action, international law, and decolonization.

Scholarships Available for Study at Yad Vashem, Israel

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme,the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) together with the State of Israel are calling for university educators from across the globe who will take part in a one-week seminar programme on Holocaust History, Education and Lessons, to be held at the International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel,from 2 to 9 December 2012.   The deadline for 2012 application will be 30 June 2012.




Secretary-General Appoints Peter Launsky-Tieffenthalof Austria Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

For the position of Under-Secretary-Generalfor Communications and Public Information, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon has selected Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal of Austria,who since 2007has been the Spokesman and Head of the Department for Communication andInformation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and InternationalAffairs.

The Mobile Edition of the UN Chronicle, Available Now for iPhone and iPad

The Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information announced the début of the mobile edition of the UN Chronicle,

Transforming Dialogue Into Action: UNIC, US Consulate General Mumbai Join Hands to Connect Present and Future Leaders

Engaging with people is one of the UN’s key priorities. And UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been doing just that, more recently through an online interaction on issues such as technology, youth unemployment and women’s rights.


UN-ASPIRE Campaign: I'm Green and I Know It

Several chapters of United Nations ASPIRE, which consist of the City University of New York, New York University, and Fordham University, have launched I’m Green and I know It Campaign, seeking to get young people around the world to speak up and speak out against environmental injustices and to urge policy makers to accelerate negotiations.



Youth of the World: Make Some Noise! Secretary-General Encourages Young People

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 13th Annual Global Classrooms International High School Model UN Conference, taking place at in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 May, asked young people from all over the world to “make some noise” to help accelerate progress on the negotiations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) which will take place in Brazil next month. “The truth is I am disappointed with the negotiations. They are not moving fast enough. That is why I need you,” Mr.

Panel Discussion on Sustainability in Developing Nations: Opportunities for Public-Private Partners

The United Nations Academic Impact and the Albany Law School jointly hosted a symposium on “Sustainability in Developing Nations: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships” at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at United Nations Headquarters on 16 May 2012.






USEK students delegation visits UNIFIL

UNAI Member USEK sent this account of a student visit to UNIFIL. The Student Affairs Office of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik-Lebanon (USEK) has organized, with the help of a group of students, a field visit for a students delegation to the Korean Contingent in the United Nations Interim Forces. The Contingent ROKBATT is stationed in Tayr debba-South of Lebanon. The visit was organized within the framework of UNAI and on the occasion of the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers.






Do One Thing Photo and Video Contests

What does Diversity mean to you? Why does diversity matter to you? Tell us your personal vision. As part of the ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’2012 Campaign, the UNESCO Centre of Florence in partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations and all the partners of the campaign are launching video contest and a photo contest to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Join the campaign and send us your videos or photos!

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and a wide coalition of partners from corporations to civil society is launching the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.


50th Geneva Graduate Study Programme

Opportunities and challenges in a world of 7 billion” will be the theme of the 50th Geneva Graduate Study Programme, to be held at the Palais des Nations from 2 to 13 July 2012.

Education IS a Human Right!!!

This is the theme chosen for the 2012 Conference of UNAI Partner Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN), Friday 3 February at UN Headquarters.

The UN Oral History collection online

Here at last was an opportunity to try to prevent another world war. But, unfortunately, too many people thought it would be so easy, that all the UN had to do was to press some buttons and you'd have peace instead of war. As it turned out, this wasn't the case. – Pauline Frederick.

You can listen to the full interview of Ms. Frederick on a new website that has just been launched, the UN Oral History: