17 June 2011

SG Ban's Message To Triennial Conference Of IAUP



On 17 June, in message to IAUP, SG Ban commends UNAI student initiatives in South Africa and Pakistan

by UN Academic Impact on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 4:56pm


Just this week, students from KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa -- the initiatives’ global hub for issues related to  poverty -- joined senior United Nations officials by video-conference to discuss the challenges of determining who is poor, and why.  Last month, students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences – our global hub for “education for all” -- co-piloted an interactive distance-learning project and tutored fifty middle school children on the importance of drinking clean water and how to create a biosand filter to purify water.

These are just two examples of what the Academic Impact was created to do – promote a culture of intellectual social responsibility.  We have also launched ASPIRE --Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education.

Read the full text below:
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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
MESSAGE TO TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS



New York, 17 June 2011


It is a pleasure to greet the International Association of University Presidents.

September 21 of this year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. Earlier this week as we began the traditional 100-day countdown to the observance, we recalled how the IAUP proposed this annual day in 1981, and how the United Nations General Assembly endorsed that proposal.

The IAUP’s partnership with the United Nations has diversified and grown since then, most notably and recently in its contributions to the United Nations Academic Impact, in which more than 630 members in 101 countries are taking part.

Just this week, students from KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa -- the initiatives’ global hub for issues related to  poverty -- joined senior United Nations officials by video-conference to discuss the challenges of determining who is poor, and why.  Last month, students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences – our global hub for “education for all” -- co-piloted an interactive distance-learning project and tutored fifty middle school children on the importance of drinking clean water and how to create a biosand filter to purify water.

These are just two examples of what the Academic Impact was created to do – promote a culture of intellectual social responsibility.  We have also launched ASPIRE --Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education.

Universities play a crucial role in producing knowledge and promoting universal values.  In our current era of global challenge and change, we need you more than ever.   Transformations that we might not have imagined in our lifetime are happening in the blink of an eye.  People in the Middle East and North Africa are raising their voices for freedom and democracy.  Elsewhere, new economic powers have risen.  And everywhere, new challenges have emerged -- climate change, pandemic disease, food and energy shortages -- that underscore our mutual interdependence.

I am certain that under the wise leadership of my good friend, President Michael Adams, the relationship between the United Nations and the IAUP will find many new forms of strength and expression. As someone who has always seen himself as a bridge builder, I am heartened by the theme that you have chosen for your triennial conference -- building bridges through education.  In that spirit of shared purpose, I wish you a most successful conference.