Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016, UN weather agency reports

Levels of carbon dioxide (C02) surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016, the United Nations weather agency announced on Monday.

Security Council debate on ‘women, peace and security’ spotlights prevention and gender equality links

At the Security Council today, a senior United Nations official called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women’s participation at all levels and help ensure UN peace efforts are stronger and more sustainable.

A meaningful and purposeful gift to humanity

After the cessation of the disastrous Second World War in 1945, the people of this Earth were blessed with the coming into existence of the United Nations. The birth of the United Nations heralded an era of peace and safety for many nations that were threatened by powerful and expansionist neighbours.

UN, African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential poll

23 October 2017 – The heads of the United Nations and the African Union have expressed their organizations' commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring a credible and transparent process in the forthcoming rerun of the recent presidential election.

Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,' outlines urgent action to save lives

20 October 2017 – Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.

From failed governance to building a new future: the case of the Central African Republic

An article submitted by Euclid University (Pôle Universitaire Euclide), an intergovernmental university with headquarters in Bangui, on the occasion of the visit of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the Central African Republic (24–26 October 2017)

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

16 October 2017 – Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.

UN rights office 'deeply concerned' over arrests of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia

13 October 2017 – The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials.

CETYS for Mexico: UNAI member and higher education hub CETYS University raises close to $27k for earthquake victims

UNAI member and higher education hub CETYS University raises close to $27k for earthquake victims.

Around 90 tons of food collected at the centers located in the three campuses of CETYS University were sent to the victims of the earthquake that devastated south and central Mexico in the past weeks.  

UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali

9 October 2017 – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

Raising awareness, connecting the world

When writing a scientific research paper two years ago, Milena Malteze, a law student from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, concluded that her country did too little to fully implement international regulations regarding the ocean, even though it is the country with the second longest coastline in Latin America.

UN announces worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals--exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. 

World Experiences Foundation Celebrates Global Education and Leadership at Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala

On 9 September 2017, WEF celebrated its Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala during an evening of multicultural experience in Oklahoma City. In the presence of some 350 global citizens, various community members were acknowledged for their ongoing contribution to make societal inclusion, multiculturalism, pluralism and multilingualism a reality for all.

'Nothing enduring can be built on violence,' UN Assembly President says, recalling words of Gandhi

2 October 2017 – Noting that in today's world, violence has become a “tool of choice” for many and new evidence, of destruction and suffering, every day resulting from this choice, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called for greater efforts to prevent conflict and for the Organization to promote the use of non-violence across all three pillars of its work.

UNAI member Drake University builds homes for the homeless

A mid-sized private university in the United States has made a big contribution to its hometown by building homes for the homeless. More than 400 volunteers from United Nations Academic Impact member institution Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, banded together to construct the three tiny homes. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members worked for seven days in September to build the structures from the ground up. The completed homes—each featuring a vaulted ceiling, electricity, heating, four windows, a bed and a small porch—were donated to Joppa, a non-profit organization that helps homeless people survive, get housing and rebuild their lives.

Over half of schools remain closed in epicentre of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria – UNICEF

29 September 2017 – About 57 per cent of all schools are closed in Nigeria's Borno state, worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency and the subsequent humanitarian crisis, leaving an estimated 3 million children in need of emergency education support, even as the new school year begins, the United Nations child agency said today.

UNAI Digital Discussion Series on Sustainable Tourism: Think Globally, Act Locally

Our digital discussion series on sustainable tourism continues with an interview with Diane Lion Giustiniani, manager of Bambu Indah hotel in Bali, Indonesia. Bambu Indah is a hotel committed to the “Think globally, act locally” campaign that aims to protect the planet and empower local communities. In relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12—Responsible Consumption and Production—Bambu Indah practices various eco-friendly initiatives including the use of a greywater filtration system, recycling waste management and serving locally produced foods.

UNAI Digital Discussion Series on Sustainable Tourism: Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Driver

Our digital discussion series on sustainable tourism begins with an interview with Kelly Bricker—Professor and Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, USA. For over 30 years, Professor Bricker has conducted research on heritage tourism, natural resource-related tourism environments and the socioeconomic impacts of tourism. She claims that sustainable tourism is an enormous economic driver, an argument which relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8 (Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, employment and decent work for all).  

UNAI Presents Digital Discussion Series on Sustainable Tourism

The year 2017 has been designated as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations. Aligning with this focus, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) will publish a new digital discussion series on sustainable tourism. The relations between sustainable tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the major topics of discussions of this series.

Torture during interrogations not just wrong but also counterproductive – UN rights chief

22 September 2017 – The torture and ill-treatment of persons suspected of crimes is not only “deeply wrong” but, from an interrogator's perspective, also counterproductive, the United Nations human rights chief said today at an event held in New York.