Unlocking your Emotions to Achieve the SDGs: Mindfulness & Meditation in Government

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing your attention on the present moment and shifting your mind away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life, helping to reduce stress, blood pressure and anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness and improve sleep. Today’s interview is with Dr. Danny Penman and Chris Ruane, who will talk about this tool and how to implement it into governments.

Unlocking your Emotions to Achieve the SDGs: Emotional Intelligence

In this week-long series, UNAI will explore the many aspects of Emotional Intelligence and how it can be applied in diverse settings and taught to anyone to help build empathy and achieve a better world. The first interview in our series on Emotional Intelligence is with Dr. Goleman is a pioneer in the field of Emotional Intelligence and his 1995 book of the same name is considered a foundational text in the field.

Department of Global Communications promotes Responsible Consumption and Production in June

Did you know that 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute and then discarded? One-third of all food produced is lost, wasted, or spoiled? Or that the fashion industry is the second highest user of water worldwide and the meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies?

UNAI Hosts Panel Discussion on South-South Cooperation and the UN Development System

On 25 April 2019, a panel discussion entitled South-South Cooperation and the UN Development System, organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), brought together prominent scholars of the International Studies Association (ISA) and experts from the United Nations system, to discuss the role of the Global South in the UN development reform.

‘Meaningful Inclusion of Young People as Drivers of Peace’ - Youth Voices Integral to Progress on Peace and Security

The International Peace Institute held a policy forum panel discussion on “Meaningful Inclusion of Young People as Drivers of Peace” on the margins of the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum to highlight the need for young people to have a seat at the table in all policy discussions. The event was cosponsored by the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, the UN Population Fund, Peace Direct, and Interpeace.

Millennium Fellow Chloe Quigley: Founder of Oso Microenterprise

Member of the 2018 Class of Millennium Fellows, Chloe Quigley, has empowered women living with trauma through her organization Oso. Her Millennium Fellowship Project advances SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth.

WIPO 2018 IP Services: Innovators File Record Number of International Patent Applications, With Asia Now Leading

Asia-based innovators filed more than half of all international patent applications via WIPO for the first time in 2018 on significant growth from China, India and the Republic of Korea, capping another record-setting year for WIPO’s global intellectual property (IP) services.

Youth and Carbon Pricing: A Unifying Solution to Climate Change

Young people understand that their future is at stake with climate change. Clara Fang, Higher Education Outreach Coordinator of Citizens' Climate Lobby, introduces the organizations working with young people to advance carbon pricing.

Call for Workshop Submissions: Design for Humanity Summit II

A joint initiative of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University and the International Organization for Migration, Design for Humanity (D4H) aims to drive humanitarian response in a more dignified, inclusive, and sustainable direction through bridging the expertise of humanitarian and design professionals.

Big Data and Society: Challenges and Opportunities

United Nations Academic Impact and the Hasso Plattner Institute decided to take a closer look at the issues surrounding the collection and use of data and the role of data scientists in helping us navigate these challenges with Prof. Felix Naumann, chair for information systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum

From 8 to 9 April 2019 youth leaders from around the world will come to New York to take part in the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) 8th Youth Forum entitled, “Youth: Empowered, Included and Equal”.

UNAI celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace talking with Real Madrid F.C.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates sport as a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. UNAI reached out to soccer legend Emilio Butragueño, who explains how the Real Madrid Foundation’s work helps to promote, both in Spain as well as abroad, the values inherent in sport to contribute to a better world. One of the organizations helped by the Foundation is Paris-based NGO “Pour un Sourire d´Enfant” (PSE).

Millennium Fellow Abigail Canales Ibarra: The Jälpem Project

In this week’s article, a member of the 2018 Class of Millennium Fellows, Abigail Canales Ibarra, describes her goals and experiences as President of Jälpem. The Jóvenes Altruistas Pensando en México (Jälpem) Project helps those in need by providing healthcare services to people who do not have access to medical care. Her work furthers Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Young Women Must Continue to Fight for ‘Seats at the Table’

A recent high-level event on women in power examined the obstacles that hinder women’s participation and leadership, particularly in positions of power in politics, business and community advocacy.

On the International Day of Happiness UNAI Wants to Know What Happiness Means to You!

To commemorate the International Day of Happiness, UNAI spoke to visitors to UNHQ in New York from all over the world to find out what makes them happy. Check out this video and let us know what happiness means to you in the comments!

Southern Illinois University uses fun, hands-on activities to teach students about the SDGs

Making planet Earth more sustainable is possible, as an interactive community event at Southern Illinois University Carbondale demonstrated.

"The easiest way to help students appreciate biodiversity is from the perspective of the kitchen", says Professor Reid at the Culinary Institute of America

Taylor Reid, Assistant Professor of Applied Food Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, wrote about the latest report titled "The State of the World´s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture" by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Millenium Fellow Davy Atanga: Mentors Network initiative unleashes the potential of Ghanaian students

In this week’s article, UNAI is highlighting the work of the 2018 Class of Millennium Fellows Davy Ayuune Atanga, Elona Boateng, Susan Dacosta, and Ayebilla Avoka for their work in the Mentors Network initiative in Ghana.

Public Health Casebook by Western University teaches essential skills through storytelling

According to the 2018 Western Public Health Casebook published by the Western University (Canada), public health is both a science and a passion for helping. The cases reaffirm that the ability to work within diverse and interconnected contexts is an essential skill for contemporary workers.

Millennium Fellow Nathan Tom: Culinary Collective Project

In this week’s article, a member of the 2018 Class of Millennium Fellows, Nathan Tom, describes his experiences as the Co-Founder of the Culinary Collective Project at Arizona State University.