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.

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.