News

Meet the #MLOW2017 Winner: Bárbara

Bárbara Rafaela da Silva Machado is a winner of Many Languages, One World® 2017 and will be attending the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum in Boston and New York City!

UN Secretary-General António Guterres' message to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, sent the following message to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute that took place on 11 July 2017 at Handong Global University--the UNAI hub for capacity-building in higher education.

Guterres pledges UN support to Iraqi Government, people in Mosul; $562M needed in aid

Following Iraqi Government’s declaration that its forces have liberated the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the country’s people and Government and vowed United Nations’ support to aid the displaced communities and restore rule of law in the freed areas.

Funding shortfall threatens education for children in conflict, disaster zones – UNICEF

Some 9.2 million children living in emergency countries will miss out on schooling unless the international community contributes an additional $820 million, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned at the start of today's G20 summit.

Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security

The latest population data from the United Nations (UN) reveal that the world currently has the largest youth population ever. There are about 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24, which equals 24% of the world population. This means that one out of every four people worldwide falls into this age group. Despite this significant number of people, youth involvement in solving global issues is still relatively low and youth often underrepresented.

Deputy UN chief highlights stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa's youth

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today called for strengthening the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to deliver on promised development for Africa's youth.

Global citizenship is a responsibility of everyone

Global citizenship education has become a major topic at the United Nations (UN) and among member states as well as in civil society and the private sector. To further raise awareness of and promote the topic, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with the Boston Global Forum (BGF), hosted a panel discussion entitled “Unlearning Intolerance: National and International Perspectives on Global Citizenship Education”. Representatives from all sectors were invited to join the discussion on Tuesday, 27 June 2017, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Giving Youth a Voice

“What year will it be when your children will be the same age as you today?” asked Jacques Attali, Founder and President of “Positive Planet”. Though we face many difficulties, the positivity of youth brings a brighter vision for our future—as envisioned by this question from the  keynote address at the Seventh International Forum of NGOs on “Youth and their Social Impact”, organized by UNESCO and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in partnership with the Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK), and held on 3-4 May 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

UN rights chief decries ‘unacceptable attack’ on Al Jazeera and other media

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed strong concern about international demands that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network and other affiliated media outlets as “extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable.”

A spokesperson for High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told press in Geneva that “whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers.”

Unlearning Intolerance: National and International Perspectives in Global Citizenship Education

The panel discussion entitled "Unlearning intolerance: national and international perspectives in global citizenship education", organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Boston Global Forum on Global Citizenship Education, was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

UNAI Global Hub on Sustainability contributed to the work of the Astana Economic Forum

Global Hub UNAI on Sustainability at Al Farabi KazNU has contributed to the work of the session "Smart and Sustainable Cities of the Future" at the 10th Astana Economic Forum (AEF) which took place on June 15 and 16, 2017 in Astana city, Kazakhstan. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP, Kazakhstan) organized the session and it focused on the challenges of rapid urbanization especially in developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

Human Security at the United Nations

There are many ways to approach the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One approach is in terms of human security, which is concerned with the root causes of various threats ranging from international conflicts to internal strife, climate-related disasters, health pandemics, food shortages and economic downturns.

Yoga is Always There with You: Conversation on Yoga for Health

“Yoga is about our ability to feel yoga in our souls, to connect it to our minds and to integrate […] with nature and the planet”—so Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the New York office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in her opening remarks to  the “Conversation on Yoga for Health” held on 21 June 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

In Uganda, UN chief meets with South Sudanese refugees, urges world to show solidarity

With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people.

Do Yoga, Be Yoga and Enjoy Your Life!

It has been a long time since the North Lawn garden of the United Nations in New York has been used, due to the eight-year renovation of the Secretariat building and grounds, but something of its intended natural life finally returned to the green space yesterday, 20 June 2017: the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations had invited yogis from all walks of life to a yoga session in celebration of the third International Day of Yoga.

UN chief appoints new envoys on youth; accessibility; and for Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys, respectively, for promoting universal accessibility, on the rights of young people, and to guide the implementation of the Organization's new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti.

UNICEF appoints 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee as Goodwill Ambassador

In a historic first, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed 19-year-old Muzoon Almellehan, who has been advocating for girls' education since fleeing war-torn Syria in 2013, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador.

Ahead of Father's Day, UNICEF cites critical role fathers play in early childhood learning

A majority of children aged between three- and four-years-old in 74 countries, or about 40 million, have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new study released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Universities: Getting ready for the SDGs

The traditional separation between academia and the professional world is becoming more porous and dynamic. How, in that regard, will the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) affect universities and vice versa?

New Edition of Basic Facts about the United Nations Available!

Published since 1947, Basic Facts about the United Nations serves as the definitive introduction to the UN and its family of related institutions and agencies. The volume represents an invaluable tool for diplomats, students, researchers and the general public. Popular with candidates preparing for the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) exam as well as UN tour guides wanting to bolster their repertoire of knowledge, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the UN and its activities.