Volunteering for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, Nov 2017 – Registration Now Open

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), is now accepting applications from volunteers to assist in the organization and facilitation of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, COP 23, which will take place from 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany. 

Applicants are invited to apply online now at:

UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all

18 September 2017 – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change, and set the stage for what the President of the UN General Assembly has dubbed a “year of firsts,” which will see the negotiation of the first intergovernmental compact on migratio

Global hunger rising again, driven by conflict and climate change – UN report

15 September 2017 – The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report issued today, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers.

Celebrating Peace: 24-Hour Peace Day Global Broadcast

Each year on 21 September, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world as an occasion for humanity to commit to peace above all differences and contribute to building a culture of peace.

University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne founds graduate school for sustainable development research

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne has founded the first graduate school in France dedicated to addressing the challenges of sustainable development. Inasmuch as the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne—the UNAI hub for human rights—is a research centre for human and social sciences, the new graduate school will take an interdisciplinary approach to finding solutions for sustainable development.

UNICEF: Decades of progress for children at risk across Middle East and North Africa

11 September 2017 – Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa – over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries – need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

On International Day, UN promotes online literacy in digital world

8 September 2017 – New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalize those who are illiterate and lack other essential skills needed to navigate them, a senior United Nations official today said, highlighting that some 750 million adults worldwide are not literate.

UN political chief urges Security Council to 'remain united, take appropriate action' on DPR Korea

4 September 2017 – The top United Nations political official today urged the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action against Sunday's nuclear explosive test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Guterres says UN ready to support relief efforts in South Asia countries hit by floods, landslides

1 September 2017 – Saddened by the loss of life and the devastation caused by widespread floods and landslides due to torrential monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, Secretary-General António Guterres said today that the United Nations is ready to support ongoing relief efforts.

Peace is… beautiful

15 August 2017 — The fourth event of the “Peace is…” series hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations took place on Friday in the lobby of the General Assembly Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event, entitled “Peace is… beautiful”, celebrated friendship and the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Wenzhou Medical University debuts as a UNAI member

On 5 May 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United Nations Academic Impact welcomed one of its newest members—Wenzhou Medical University (WMU)—as it took part in a discussion on China’s medical care and medical education. The United Nations Chinese Language Programme organized the discussion.

UN rights office gathering info on air strikes in Yemen; urges protection of civilians

25 August 2017 – Reiterating that attacks targeting civilians are prohibited under international law, the United Nations human rights office today confirmed dozens of casualties in airstrikes on villages near the capital, Sana'a.

Gulf College celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Gulf College, through its Centre for Languages and Cultural Studies, beamed with pride as it undertook to uphold its mandate as a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) in celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May 2017. The theme “Exploring the World of Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Multiculturalism” helped focus good practices that encourage cultural pluralism and discourage all expressions of extremism and fanaticism, highlighting instead the values and principles that bring people together.

“Dream big, but be well grounded, be kind.”- Sri Sri

A few years ago, I came to the United States with my life packed in two suitcases, no cell phone, no money and no familial support. Recently, I was privileged and honored to be selected as a Peer Mentor for the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York, representing the World Experiences Foundation and the United Nations Association of Oklahoma City. On arrival at the United Nations, when I first entered the historic General Assembly Hall, I took a few minutes to sit down, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths—to stop and smell the roses, as it were.

Halal tourism: Promoting high-quality service

In considering developments in the tourism industry especially in the past 20 years, including the diversity of tourism services and special interest tourism, we find that tourists are looking for new destinations and using new services aligned with their religious beliefs and values. Halal tourism is one such example; and health, physical fitness and mental health are some of its central concerns—tangible effects enriching the soul and spirit as well as comfort of travelers.

Thousands flee as Iraqi forces advance on ISIL-held Tal Afar – UN

21 August 2017 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.

Strengthening the UN’s Research Uptake

The United Nations system faces a constant demand for evidence-based research which can be met by researchers in the academic and think tank community. Nevertheless, the implementation of this cooperation often faces considerable obstacles.

Applications open: International Symposium “Contemporary Pedagogy: Responsibility and Training for the Future's Society”

19 August 2017- Antonio Meneghetti Faculdade (AMF), a Brazilian member of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), invites all UNAI members to participate in the international symposium “Contemporary Pedagogy: Responsibility and Training for the Future's Society” in Paris on 6 September. Applicants are asked to submit their letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) until 30 August to

UNAI Global Hub on Sustainability and Model UN-New Silk Way discussed collaboration opportunities for the Silk Road countries

18 August 2017- The Global Hub UNAI on Sustainability Al Farabi Kazakh National University has contributed to the workshop of the Model UN - New Silk Way Program discussing collaboration opportunities for the Silk Road countries on 21 July 2017.  The workshop was organized by the Model UN - New Silk Way program for the international and national students – participants of the Silk Road Summer School in Almaty, Kazakhstan.