A Conversation with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams

On 11 February 2014 Jody Williams, the 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, spoke to UNAI members, students and faculty about her peace activism and discussed the real meaning of peace as part of UNAI's Classroom Conversations series.

On International Migrants Day, UNAI hosts a conversation on migration and development

On 18 December 2013, UNAI hosted a “Classroom Conversation” focusing on the link between migration and development.  Held on International migrants Day, a United Nations observance since 2000, the discussion brought together students and faculty from several UNAI members, including CUNY Graduate, Queens College, Fordham and Sorbonne University (Paris).

Presenting an overview, Bela Hovy (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) recalled that in October 2013, the General Assembly

The Int'l Center for Education about Auschwitz & the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & State Museum becomes a UNAI member

A warm welcome to one of the UN Academic Impact's newest members: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the SUNY Levin Institute will host a moderated conversation about the past, present, and future of affirmative action with three leading public intellectuals on Thursday, December 12th, from 1:00 -2:30 p.m. at the SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street.

New online course on Global Civics

A new free online course on Global Civics has been launched recently by the Global Civics Academy.

Find out more from the Global Civics Academy below:

The course covers issues ranging from climate change to pandemics. Students will examine which centripetal forces are pushing us together, and how they can be managed. The course will survey our options to manage our increasing global interdependence, and will provide the tools for each student to come up with their own version of a global civics.

Modern Education: Migration of Minds in the Expansive Global Network

The UN Academic Impact community is made up of nearly 1,000 members in over 120 countries. We're pleased to share with you the first in a series of articles relating to the 10 UNAI Principles written by members of our community of students and academics.

Modern Education: Migration of Minds in the Expansive Global Network
Guillermo “Chato” Roque, Intern, UN Academic Impact

In early April of 2013, hundreds of perspective students landed in Shanghai, China to visit

Chuo University participates in commemoration for the International Day of the Girl Child

On October 5, Prof. Toshi Kato, Vice President of Chuo University participated in the memorial event for the Second International Day for Girl Child, organized by the UN Information Centre in Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo) and Plan Japan, an NGO working in the area of children's rights.

CFR@UNAI talks to be launched at UN Headquarters

The United Nations Academic Impact, in partnership with the US-based  (subject: CFR@UNAI).  

Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions/comments to  and also join the discussion on the UNAI Facebook page.

Briefing for UNAI Japan Members

In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and as part of the UN On 18 October 2013, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo organized the round table meeting with UNAI Japan members.

Southampton University harnesses lightning to charge a mobile phone

UNAI member the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has collaborated with Nokia on a breakthrough research into harnessing the power of lightning for personal use, a revolutionary attempt that can potentially offer consumers with a sustainable alternative to charge their mobile devices. The research was undertaken to investigate how natural power resources could be used to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 with an energy simulation similar to that of a bolt of lightning.

Pomona College President visits UN Headquarters

Pomona College President Dr. David Oxtoby with Bertil Lindblad, Senior Advisor for International Initiatives of Pomona College and Mr. Maher Nasser, Director of DPI's Outreach Division

Pomona College President Dr. David Oxtoby, accompanied by Bertil Lindblad, Senior Advisor for International Initiatives of Pomona College, visited UN Headquarters on 19 September 2013.

Beware of false internship offers at the UN

The United Nations has recently been informed of fraudulent e-mails seeking applicants for UN internships and that unfortunately, some of these fraudulent UN internship notices were advertised by career services at universities and other academic institutions.  We understand that such internship notices and subsequent offers of internships might request prospective interns to send payments in advance.

Global Agenda Index Poll

Calling all university Presidents! Media Tenor is polling to gather data for the next edition of the Global Agenda Index. More information below from Media Tenor:

Upon the successful launch at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Media Tenor is pleased to introduce the next edition of the Global Agenda Index. Out of all the results the gap between US elites and the rest of the world drew the most attention.

Presently, Media Tenor and the Kiel Institute are partnering to launch the second edition of this unique international poll to assess the major global issues.

Online gallery of UN exhibits open to the public

UN Exhibits, an online gallery has been created to allow people worldwide who do not have the opportunity to see the exhibitions at UN Headquarters in New York to view them online, thus learning about important themes and issues on the UN agenda.

UN Exhibits includes current and previous exhibitions at UN Headquarters organised by themes and includes all the content that was displayed at the United Nations.

UNWTO.TedQual assembles Students’ Advisory Board

The UNWTO.TedQual, a programme by the The student branch of UNAI is called: Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education, ASPIRE.

ASPIRE is a university student-driven initiative uniting to promote UNAI’s vision of institutions of higher education and research  actively upholding its ten universally accepted principles and thus contributing to the fulfillment of the global mandate and mission of the United Nations.

International Day of Charity

Thursday 5 September is the first United Nations International Day of Charity!

We invite you to share the day, explore what you can do for the others and with others, organize meetups, workshops, fundraisers, auctions or any other kinds of activities so that can be included in a global event map. Mobilise the society for benevolent actions, share your ideas and make the world a better place!

On 5 September, make sure you tune in to

 Academic Impact Korea's Global Development Conference

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.