News

Engineering a Better Future

On the one year anniversary of the launch of the UNAI SDG Hubs, we’re taking this opportunity to check in with some of the hub schools to highlight their scholarship and activities over the past twelve months and look ahead to future initiatives. The third school profiled in our anniversary series is the Nagaoka University of Technology, hub for SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. The university provided reflections by students from multiple countries, young engineers who describe how they see the future in 2045, at the 100th anniversary of the UN’s founding.

Striving to Feed 10 Billion People in 2050

On the one year anniversary of the launch of the UNAI SDG Hubs, we’re taking this opportunity to check in with some of the hub schools to highlight their scholarship and activities over the past twelve months and look ahead to future initiatives. The second school profiled in our anniversary series is the University of Pretoria (South Africa), hub for SDG 2: No Hunger.

Building Inclusive Societies to End Poverty

On the one year anniversary of the launch of the UNAI SDG Hubs, we’re taking this opportunity to check in with some of the hub schools to highlight their scholarship and activities over the past twelve months and look ahead to future initiatives. The first school profiled in our anniversary series is Kristu Jayanti College (India), UNAI hub for SDG 1: No Poverty.

Handong Global University establishes new partnerships to boost entrepreneurship and start-ups in ASEAN countries

On 17 October 2019, Handong Global University, along with the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN and Sookmyung Women’s University, signed a new memorandum of understanding to establish networks between universities and ministries in ASEAN countries to further the capacity building of sustainable development.

The Sixth Green Energy Investments Forum gathers BSEC members to reaffirm commitment to promoting affordable and clean energy

The Sixth Green Energy Investments Forum gathered BSEC Member States to reaffirm commitment to develop international cooperative Initiatives in close cooperation with the the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Energy Policy and Development Centre, United Nations Academic Impact SDG Hub for Affordable and Clean Energy.

SUNY Binghamton Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

M. Stanley Whittingham, a Professor of Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for development of lithium-ion batteries, which "have revolutionized our lives" and "laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society."

Zero Hunger Series: Feeding 10 billion people using air, nutrients and water

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium. The University of Pretoria’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is collaborating with the Impilo projects to research the aeroponics and its potential contributions to end hunger and malnutrition.

Zero Hunger Series: Flocking, the foundations of African prosperity

Flocking is the processes of people coming together to share social and economic resources, including information, time, money or food. Professor Liesel Ebersöhn, Director of the Centre for the Study of Resilience, University of Pretoria, explains this tradition of flocking through the story of school gardens that provide food to teachers, students and families in her book “Flocking Together: An Indigenous Psychology Theory of Resilience in Southern Africa”.

Zero Hunger Series: Africa is not broken - a tale of African innovations in food and well-being

The African continent is rich in history, culture, diversity and most of all, innovation and capacity. Irma Eloff, Professor of Educational Psychology of the University of Pretoria, sought to capture these stories of success in Africa in her recently published book - the Handbook of Quality of Life in African Societies.

Zero Hunger Series: Droughts stand between the pursuit of ending hunger and poverty

A profound change of the global food and agricultural system is needed to nourish today's 800 million hungry and the additional 2 billion increase in global population expected by 2050. In celebration of the 2019 World Food Day, UNAI is collaborating with the University of Pretoria to launch a series of articles focusing on food security in Africa.

October Goals of the Month - End Poverty and Zero Hunger

In October, we are highlighting Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2 – No Poverty and Zero Hunger – as the Goals of the Month, in light of the International Days on Food, Poverty Eradication and Rural Women.

Universidad Mayor de San Simón steps up as an Afforestation Crusader

Universidad Mayor de San Simón has been developing a set of forestry and silviculture actions in the Cochabamba’s Metropolitan Region of Bolivia. Committed to Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land and Goal 13: Climate Action, the university’s initiative aims at combating forest loss and reducing the effects of climate change that has affected the region.

Women’s political empowerment critical for a democratic, peaceful and inclusive Sudan

Throughout Sudan’s tumultuous history of revolutions against dictatorships, racism, and war, Sudanese women have long been held back from actively participating in politics. To promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, Ahfad University for Women, United Nations Academic Impact SDG Hub for Gender Equality, hosted a seminar entitled “Women’s role in Civil Government” and met with a High-Level Delegation from the African Union.

Global warming contributing to mass disappearance of bird population in North America, says Professor Mark W. Harris

The total population of birds in North America has decreased by 2.9 billion (29%) in just 50 years. To explain the direct evidence of impact from global warming, Professor Mark W. Harris provides examples from personal observations as a citizen scientist.

Andrés Bello Catholic University aids socially disadvantaged communities through 'Social Park' and health center service

In the midst of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Andrés Bello Catholic University works to strengthen bridges with socially disadvantaged communities and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through its Social Park initiative.

Youth leaders vow continued pressure on governments and business for urgent action to address climate emergency at UN Youth Climate Summit

Following massive rallies around the world for climate action, young people highlight plans to mobilize and accelerate action.

New guidelines for using the Sustainable Development Goals logo and icons

Are you using, or planning to use the offiical UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) logo, including the colour wheel and 17 icons in your communications materials? Check out the revised SDG branding and guidelines!

Partnerships with civil society and youth ‘essential’ for a future that leaves no one behind: General Assembly President

Partnerships with civil society and youth are essential to achieving the goals of key UN-backed international agreements, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, told delegates at the UN Civil Society Conference on Wednesday.

UN Goal of the Month: UN General Assembly Special Edition

The Special Edition of the Goal of the Month focuses on the major events that will take place during the UN General Assembly high-level week (21 to 27 September), highlighting themes such as climate action, universal health coverage, sustainable development, financing for development and Small Island Developing States.

Handong Global University hosts twelve entrepreneurship training programmes in 2019

From January to August 2019, Handong Global University, a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and UNESCO UNITWIN host institution, has hosted 12 entrepreneurship training programmes across 8 different African countries in an effort to train future global leaders and entrepreneurs.