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Register to attend the United Nations Open Science Conference!

The UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) are hosting the United Nations Open Science Conference, entitled "Towards Global Open Science: Core Enabler of the UN 2030 Agenda" on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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International Conference on the 10th Year of United Nations Academic Impact hosted by Chandigarh University

On 18-19 November, 2019, United Nations Academic Impact member Chandigarh University (India) will be hosting the International Conference on the 10th Year of United Nations Academic Impact: Opportunities and Strategies for Collaborative Higher Education Impact in Emerging Economies. Faculty, students, and research scholars of both UNAI member and non-member institutions are invited to attend.

November Goals of the Month
November Goals of the Month - Clean Water and Sanitation

In November, we explore how water and sanitation remain at the core of sustainable development, affecting not just our health but also significantly influencing socio-economic development, peace and security, inequalities and the wellbeing of our ecosystems.

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Handong Global University establishes new partnerships to boost entrepreneurship and start-ups in ASEAN countries

On 17 October 2019, Handong Global University, along with the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN and Sookmyung Women’s University, signed a new memorandum of understanding to establish networks between universities and ministries in ASEAN countries to further the capacity building of sustainable development.


UN Women Viet Nam/Pham Quoc Hung Girls studying science in Viet Nam. Globally, while more girls are attending school than before, girls are significantly under-represented in STEM subjects in many settings and they appear to lose interest in STEM subjects
UNAI Quiz: World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development is 10 November! The day underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives and highlights the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

A student at Harry C Primary School uses the 'tippy-tap' hand washing station, while members of the school's Child Health Club clean the school toilets. Mansourey Village, Western-Rural District, Sierra Leone. UNICEF Sierra Leone/2015/Kassaye/
UNAI Quiz: World Toilet Day

Did you know that 60% of the world’s population, or 4.5 billion people, live without a toilet or have one that doesn’t adequately dispose of waste? Or that 892 million people still practice open defecation? Exposure to human feces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

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My Thoughts, My Fears, My Hopes: A Personal Reflection on the Next 25 Years

This essay is by De Montfort University (DMU) PhD student Nabeelah Ahmed Omarjee. Nabeelah ran a workshop at this year’s UN Civil Society conference in Salt Lake City, United States, as part of a DMU delegation.

UNAI Quiz: World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October, promoting worldwide action to promote food security and nutritious diets for all.

Over 820 million people in the world suffer chronic undernourishment, 60 per cent of them women, and each day 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes, a child every second. But amidst this hunger, there is also an epidemic of obesity due to a lack of access to nutritious, healthy food.

A view from the dais in the General Assembly Hall two days prior to the opening of the seventy-second session of the Assembly's annual debate.  UN Photo/Kim Haughton
UNAI Quiz: The General Assembly

The annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly has been called the World Cup of diplomacy, where world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss global issues. Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.

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UNAI Quiz: Welcome Back!

Whether you are starting the first day of the academic year or returning from winter holidays, UNAI would like to welcome you back to school! During your time away from June to August, the UN has published tens of reports on issues ranging from climate change, to the global fight against AIDS, food and agriculture, youth participation in peace processes, and rural youth development. To bring you up to date on these pivotal reports, take a look at the following summaries of important findings and test your knowledge with our UNAI quiz below!


Sustainable Development Goals