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UNAI Digital Discussion Series with Homeward Bound Expedition Female Scientists

As part of its Digital Discussion Series, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is carrying out a series of interviews with top female scientists who took part in the Homeward Bound Expedition to Antarctica in December 2016- including Carol Devine, Holly North, Lauren DuBois, Phoebe Barnard, Cristina Venables, Meredith Nash and Denise Hardesty.

UN rights chief urges executives gathering in Davos to stand up for human rights

13 January 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today called on business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss town of Davos next week to use their considerable influence to stand up for human rights and prevent rights violations in countries where they operate.

At Security Council, UN chief Guterres makes case for new efforts to build and sustain peace

10 January 2017 – Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

New UN chief Guterres pledges to make 2017 ''a year for peace''

1 January 2017- On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General, António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.

''On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,'' said Mr. Guterres in an appeal for peace.

EU commits additional 7 million euros to support UNICEF in Iraq

27 December 2016- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has received a new pledge of 7 million euros from the European Union to support the UN agency's work in Iraq, where an estimated 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance- half of them children.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Delivers Last Public Lecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

In his last public appearance as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon congratulated the institution on becoming a member of United Nations Academic Impact and he congratulated the Paul Simon Institute on its upcoming 20th&nbspbirthday. The institute&rsquos namesake was a renowned supporter of international education and of active U.S. engagement across the international agenda.

Security Council unanimously approves sending UN monitors to war-torn Aleppo

19 December 2016 – Alarmed at the “devastating” humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where perhaps thousands of civilians remain trapped, the Security Council today requested the United Nations and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered city.

Respecting gender parity, geographical diversity pledges, SG-designate Guterres picks core team members

16 December 2016 – The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres today announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017.

UNAI Launches Digital Discussion Series with Young Legislators Who Prove They’re #NotTooYoungToRun

 

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) has launched its new Digital Discussion Series, an online series of podcasts and social media conversations with innovators, researchers, activists and educators talking about a range of diverse issues that matter to the UNAI audience!

Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations

12 December 2016- Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General,António Guterrespledgedreposition development at the centre of the Organization'swork and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

Nearly 535 million children living in crisis-hit countries – UNICEF

9 December 2016 – As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, the agency today issued a stark warning that despite significant progress, too many children are still being left behind, with nearly 535 million of them living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services.

UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more pro-active approach on refugees

5 December 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

2 December 2016 - Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.

Partnership with MIT Solve Announced!

United Nations Academic Impact is officially partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on their first ever Solve Challenge, and we need your ideas! Solve is a new initiative from MIT that hopes to tackle some of the world's largest challenges by bringing people from various background together in order to come up with solutions and create projects to test those.

UN officials optimistic of Paris climate accord’s entry into force by year’s end

29 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today announced that the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is closer to entering into force, as India – a country that produces more than four per cent of global emissions – plans to submit its ratification at the end of the week.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment. Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS-related causes each year. And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

United Nations Democracy Fund Call for Proposals

If you or your organization have a project proposal that will strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage participation of all groups in the democratic process, this is your chance to receive funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

Participants endorse 'Ashgabat Statement' as first-ever UN conference on sustainable transport ends

27 November 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conferenceconcluded today in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,' with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.

Young Scientists IAUP Conference Call for Papers

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) Programme Committee invites you to participate in the new Triennial IAUP Young Scientists Conference from 5th-8th July 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Early career researchers and PhD students are invited to submit individual paper or poster presentation abstracts until the 15th December, 2016 deadline. All submissions will be reviewed according to scientific quality criteria. Accepted contributions will be published as hard copy collected abstracts and distributed at the conference.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S MESSAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS 25 November 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.