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Global security challenges discussed at Model UN hosted by Al Farabi Kazakh National University

The UNAI Global Hub on Sustainability jointly with the Model United Nations (Model UN) New Silk Way Program organized the International Student Conference "Model UN - New Silk Way-2018" (MUN NSW-2018) in Almaty at Al Farabi Kazakh National University (Al Farabi KazNU) from April 27-29. The delegates of the conference focused on the global challenges of the 21st century, including the events in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula.

CTAUN Conference focused on the protection of children

The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN)—a long-time partner of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative—held its 19th Annual Conference last month at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Over 600 educators from the United States and other countries took part in the meeting.

2018 United Nations Global Citizenship Education Seminar

With the collaboration of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) co-organized the 2018 United Nations Global Citizenship Education Seminar that recently took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Importance of academia highlighted in the 40th session of the UN Committee on Information

During the general debate of the 40th session of the Committee on Information (COI) that was held this week at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a number of Member States of this intergovernmental body highlighted the critical importance of academia and the institutions of higher education as partners of the United Nations.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 2

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

“What matters in the job market is what’s in the head, not on it”: the 2015 UN-Making of Hate Diversity Contest winner “With or Without”

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) presents a series of articles on some of the projects implemented by the recipients of the UN-Making of Hate Diversity Contest held in 2015. The contest was born out of a partnership between the UNHATE Foundation of United Colors of Benetton and UNAI oriented on young people’s grassroots efforts in ending hate and intolerance.

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 1

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Check out the targets of this Goal and what UNAI member institutions are doing about it!

Building Bridges Project in India. Photo: Eyerusalem Debebe

Building Bridges in India

Our project, “Building Bridges” is a coalition between Enactus St. Mary’s and GMR Varalkshmi Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to empower underprivileged youth throughout India.

The Spotlight Initiative: “Ending Violence against ALL Women and Girls”

30 March 2018 – Earlier this month, the European Union (EU) and United Nations advanced on a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls: the Spotlight Initiative: “Ending Violence against ALL Women and Girls” held in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (ECOSOC) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN chief honours those who suffered shameful Transatlantic slave trade, urges respect for dignity of every human being

25 March 2018 - Honouring those who suffered the brutalities of the Transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the International Day set aside to remember this “epically shameful” chapter of human history is an opportunity raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Young Adult Voices at the Commission on the Status of Women

On the invitation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative, Phoebe Warren, Political Science and History major at UNAI member institution McGill University, Canada, has shared the experience of The International Relations Students’ Association of McGill University delegation to the sixty-second Commission on the Status of Women.

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

“We need new solutions in managing water resources so as to meet emerging challenges to water security caused by population growth and climate change,” said Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the foreword of the 

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

“Let us hope that this ceasefire holds, because it is at least one [piece of] good news among very bad news,” said Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, briefing the Security Council via videoconference from Brussels.

In memoriam: Stephen Hawking

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Prof. Stephen Hawking, Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). On 18 September 2015, Prof. Hawking delivered a Global Goals Message on sustainable development.

UN food relief agency and partners deliver much-needed aid to Syria’s east Ghouta

A United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy arrived in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Monday bringing life-saving aid to thousands of desperate people, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has reported.

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Comunidade Islâmica de Lisboa

On the invitation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative, George E. Rupp contributed this reflection on the fiftieth anniversary of the Communidade Islâmica de Lisboa. Dr. Rupp has served as President of Rice University and Columbia University (United States) as well as of the International Rescue Committee. His contribution launches a series of intellectual reflections on “unlearning intolerance” on the UNAI website in the context of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ focus on conflict prevention.

On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats

Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species.

Academic institutions support UNAI principles worldwide

United Nations Academic Impact members in action

Conferences, lectures, field trips, Model UN, scientific research, interaction with the diplomatic world and a close approach to the local communities and more: the broad range of activities and events in many parts of the world organized by the member institutions of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) shows the commitment of these educational and research centers to the activities and concerns of the United Nations.

In memoriam Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías

The United Nations Academic Impact notes with sadness the death of Dr. Juan Alejandro Tobías, Rector of the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina).