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Conference at UN Headquarters stresses work of universities on sustainable development

On 7 June 2018, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative co-organized a conference with UNAI member institution De Montfort University (United Kingdom) that addressed ways to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

ASPIRE students conduct initiative to advance SDG 3 in their local community

A group of students of the East Stroudsburg South High School (United States) recently conducted an initiative related to mental health and Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, including developing a mental health curriculum.

Peace is … Coexistence

The seventh event of the “Peace is…” series hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations took place last Month in the lobby of the General Assembly Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event, entitled “Peace is… coexistence”, was organized in support of the third Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 7

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

Al Farabi Kazakh National University reinforces commitment towards global citizenship

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), in partnership with the Almaty Cluster Office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO Almaty), has designed and implemented a course on Globalization and Global Citizenship.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 6

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

Connections between educational institutions and the SDGs discussed with civil society

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) recently had an opportunity to present to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY (NGOCSD-NY) its work with academic institutions in promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 5

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

Forecast of the World Economy featured in new UN report

The Economic Analysis and Policy Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) launched this month the World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2018.

Role of universities in global citizenship addressed during seminar at UN Headquarters

With the collaboration of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution Al Farabi Kzakh National University (KazNU) co-organized the event entitled "Educating younger generations on global citizenship through intercultural literacy" that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 4

Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

NYU Shanghai inspires universities around the world with its GoGreen initiative

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution New York University Shanghai developed itsGoGreen initiative in 2015. The initiative has now been expanded to other universities, including one in Israel.

St. Mary's University hosted discussion to explain how the UN connects with academia

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member St. Mary's University hosted an event last month to discuss interactions between the United Nations and institutions of higher education.

United Nations projects an increase in the world's urban population

The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) launched this week the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects.

A true story about a Mayan weaver from the highlands of Guatemala: Sheba Velasco

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) as part of its outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development shares this story as written by Sheba Velasco, a culture and language interpreter. The relevance of indigenous peoples for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was highlighted in the recent 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York,

Student at Pomona College leads a "zero-waste" commencement initiative

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), as part of its outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, shares this story submitted by Pomona College, a UNAI member institution, on an initiative in line with the UNAI principle on sustainability.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 3

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 3: Ensure ehealthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

University students find solutions to achieve SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

With the collaboration of the Lehigh University, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) co-organized the Students Seeking Solutions Conference: SDG 6 Challenge that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

On Chinese Language Day: Education in China and the SDGs

A panel discussion on “Education in China and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20 April 2018 with the participation of Chinese scholars as well as representatives of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

Partnership between universities and local governments featured in START seminar

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted a seminar on 10 April 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York that addressed partnerships in the state of Kerala, India between educational institutions and local governments in support of sustainable development. The seminar focused on meeting the essential needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.