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‘We are all at risk’ when humanity’s values are abandoned; UN honours memory of Holocaust victims

26 January 2018 – Calling on the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed, in his message for the International Day dedicated to honouring Holocaust victims, that everyone has a responsibility to quickly and decisively resist racism and violence.

Unemployment to remain high, quality jobs harder to find in 2018 – UN labour agency

22 January 2018 – While the global economy has kept up modest growth, the total number of unemployed people will likely remain high in 2018 – at above 192 million – and it will be harder to find a decent job, the United Nations labour agency reported on Monday.

UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan

19 January 2018 – The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the world and countering them cannot be the responsibility of one country alone, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, urging regional and multilateral cooperation, based firmly on human rights.

Education for Sustainable Development Report: call for abstracts

In 2016, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) joined forces to announce a strategic collaboration to activate universities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations to advance teaching, applied research and problem-solving around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Disaster emergency management workshop

17 January 2018 - In August and October 2016, two strong earthquakes struck Central Italy, causing 299 deaths and 388 wounded. Several houses, public buildings and cultural sites in the region of Le Marche were severally damaged by the violent quakes. Subsequently, the Regional Education School of Public Administration of Le Marche engaged UNAI member institution Cerchio Blu in order to train all local police officers and rescuers involved in first responder activities.

An alert to the World: A video message from the Secretary-General

Dear friends around the world,

Happy New Year.

When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.

OECD-UN forum on strengthening collection and use of migration data kicks off in Paris

15 January 2018 – International organizations, policy experts, statisticians and civil society came together on Monday at a United Nations-supported forum in Paris to answer the global call for more accurate and timely information on migration flows and examine how improved data collection can feed into better policymaking.

Millions of children across Somalia vaccinated against measles in UN-backed campaign

8 January 2018 – One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were reached during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the United Nations has reported.

The Sea and Science

On 6 November 2017, a second symposium on The Sea and Science was held at the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution University of São Paulo (Brazil). The symposium, which was organized by CEDMAR (“Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar”)—a UNAI ASPIRE (Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education) chapter—took an interdisciplinary approach to the Law of the Sea, as it brought together scholars and researchers from various scientific fields as well as engineers, oceanographers and lawyers.

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpass one million, reports UN health agency

22 December 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.

Enlightening the Next Generation with Peace

"We do not see the expression in young people of the forms of xenophobia, or intolerance, or racism that are unfortunately now prevailing in many of our societies. We see young people reacting to this with new forms of interaction and solidarity […]." -United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF

15 December 2017 – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”

The 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects report published

13 December 2017 - The 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report was presented on 11 December 2017 by Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The report outlines prospects for the global economy in the upcoming years. The report focuses on the ways in which a fairer globalization can be achieved through public policies.

Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

11 December 2017 UNICEF released Monday its annual flagship report, the State of the World's Children. This year's report focuses on children in the digital age. UNICEF pointed out that digital technologies can be key to changing the fate of vulnerable children, providing them with new opportunities for learning, socializing and expressing their opinions, yet millions of children are being abandoned by an increasingly connected world. 

UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’

On the 6th of December 2017 the United Nations designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.

Reaching beyond Academia to Influence Policy

March of Dimes Canada, a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with disabilities and a United Nations ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), highlights in this article the advantages of partnerships between academics and NGOs to promote research and evidence uptake especially in the disability field.

Paramount that civilians are protected in Yemen, underscores UN

4 December 2017 – Voicing concern over the dramatic escalation in fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and surrounding areas, that have reportedly killed about one hundred people and injured many more, the United Nations called on the parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international law and ensure that civilians are not harmed.

Young leaders advancing sustainable development

In this article, United Nations Academic Impact member Millennium Campus Network (MCN) reports on the ninth annual Millennium Campus Conference (MCC17), held last month in Rabat, Morocco, and its focus on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Technology and Global Citizenship Education

One of the indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, is the extent to which global citizenship education has been mainstreamed at all levels in national education policies, curricula, teacher education and student assessment. In this first of a two-part series on global citizenship education, we interviewed Dr.

The Olympics, the Earth & Its Citizens

30 November 2017 - A panel discussion on “The Olympics, the Earth & Its Citizens” will take place on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The event is related to the launch of a new annual “Forum to Address Issues of the Environment and Global Citizenship”. The panel will include leaders in science, education, sports, business and international affairs.