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Antalya: Solutions to today’s development challenges exist in the Global South, stresses UN official

27 November 2017 – Solutions to today’s critical development challenges exist in the Global South, and every country – large or small, emerging economy or least developed – has something to offer to the world, a senior United Nations official said today, as the 2017 Global South-South Cooperation Expo opened in Antalya, Turkey.

UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya

20 November 2017 – Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Desperate Rohingya refugees use home-made rafts to get to Bangladesh – UN

17 November 2017 – Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand people have floated into Bangladesh, proof that Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate means to flee to Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

The origins of genocide

17 November 2017 — “The Origins of Genocide: Abolishing Atrocity since the Enlightenment” was the topic of a lecture given by Dirk Moses, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney, on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. The talk focused on the evolution of the vocabulary used to denounce mass atrocities from the sixteenth century onward.

Adopting UNAI principles: a new scientific study

16 November 2017  —  Researchers from seven institutions of higher learning have just published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology an article entitled “Adopting Basic Principles of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative (UNAI): Can Cultural Differences be Predicted from Value Orientations and Globalization?” UNAI member institutions represented among the authors were the Austrian Academy of Psychology as well as Pondicherry University.

Combating Sexual Violence: Thoughts from Lehigh University on "Women Uniting Nations"

16 November 2017 — The following submission comes from United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution Lehigh University, which organized a viewing on campus of the webcast Fourth Annual UNAI J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation “Women Uniting Nations: A Conversation on Struggles against Sexual Violence around the World” held on 27 October 2017. 

Peace is ... Solidarity

13 November 2017 — The fifth instalment of “Peace is …“ took place on Monday at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in collaboration with the Department of Public Information, “Peace is … Solidarity” featured an artistic performance by the COBU collective entitled “Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing”. Led by Yako Miayamoto, the COBU female artists combined tap dancing with traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.

In Manila, UN chief tells South-east Asian summit cooperation is vital to address shared challenges

13 November 2017 – Addressing the ninth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Secretary-General António Guterres called for collective global and regional action to combat the challenges facing the world, in particular, those related to climate change.

Unhealthy diets could undo progress on food security in Asia-Pacific, warns UN report

10 November 2017 – Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and promote consumption of healthier foods in the Asia-Pacific region – home to most of the world’s undernourished people – the United Nations food security agency said Friday.

Accelerating Action on the SDGs: A Guide for Universities

Universities across the world are aware of the crucial role they play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but very little guidance has been available on how to incorporate these goals into academic life and work. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific, however, has recently issued a new guide that helps bridge this gap.

Use antibiotics wisely to combat rising drug resistance

9 November 2017- In the lead-up to World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are together calling for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.

3D chalk painting for International Day of the Girl inspires

8 November 2017 - The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Manama commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child and United Nations Day by partnering with talented chalk artist Jincy Babu to create a 1240 square foot 3D chalk piece on the importance of empowering girls as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

On Anne Frank Diary Anniversary, Students to Take Part in Interactive Holocaust Education Programme, Learn about Plight of Today’s Refugees, Migrants

16 November 2017  — To mark the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, the United Nations Department of Public Information, in partnership with New York’s Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Facing History and Ourselves, will host an interactive educational programme for more than 500 high school students on Thursday at New York Headquarters.

Bonn: UN climate conference aims for greater ambition as 2017 set to be among top three hottest years

6 November 2017 – The United Nations Climate Conference opened on Monday in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of a greater ambition for climate action, as the world body’s weather agency issued a stark warning that 2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record.

People without nationality face ‘stark realities’ of discrimination and persecution – UN report

3 November 2017 – Discrimination, exclusion and persecution are stark realities for many of the world’s stateless minorities, the United Nations refugee agency warned in a new report, calling for immediate action to secure equal nationality rights for all.

A first atlas on rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa

2 November 2017, Rome A first atlas to offer a better understanding of complex rural migration patterns in sub-Saharan Africa has been published today.

The atlas Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration south of the Saharaalso highlights the important role rural areas will continue to play in shaping the continent’s migration for decades to come.

The role of education in promoting the rights of children in Africa

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as “a human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”. Children at birth take on the social and economic status of their parents and may be subject to abuse if special care and attention is not given them. They are minors who are socialized through education, formal or informal. At birth every child by nature can be said to be a “social animal” that can only develop its personality through social interaction.

Books as a sign of hope: a reading festival in Mosul

According to a popular Arabic proverb, “books are written in Cairo, published in Beirut and read in Baghdad”. If this isn’t testimony enough for the traditional love for knowledge and literature among Iraqis, citizens of Mosul organized their first “reading festival” just a few months after the liberation of the city from its occupation by ISIL.

Disasters-SDGs-Undersea tsunami research: an exciting seminar

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the famous French scientific research ship Marion Dufresne. Aboard the vessel, Professor Satish Singh, geophysicist and head of the "Mirage II Expedition", video-linked to the Palais des Nations, where more than 120 university students drink in his words and conjure the pictures of the explorers and researchers, under the sea, learning how tsunamis are created and looking for ways to detect them better and faster.