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United Nations Academic Impact

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About the Initiative

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative established in 2010 that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.

1. Commitment to the UN Charter
2. Human Rights
3. Education Opportunity for All
4. Higher Education For Every Individual
5. Capacity-building In Higher Education Systems
6. Global Citizenship
7. Peace and Conflict Resolution
8. Addressing Poverty
9. Sustainability
10. Inter-Cultural Dialogue

10 Principles
UNAI Members

Membership in the United Nations Academic Impact is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies whose substantive responsibilities relate to the conduct of research.
UNAI has created ten global hubs , one on each of its governing principles, to facilitate pooling of experience and activity in individual sectors.
A student branch of UNAI has been created: Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education, ASPIRE.

ASPIRE is a university student-driven initiative uniting to promote UNAI’s vision of institutions of higher education and research actively upholding its ten universally accepted principles and thus contributing to the fulfilment of the global mandate and mission of the United Nations.
"By sharing ideas, across borders and disciplines, we can find solutions to the interconnected problems that cause so much suffering"

(i) To bring into association with the United Nations, and with each other, institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

(ii) To provide a mechanism for such institutions to commit themselves to the fundamental precepts driving the United Nations mandate, in particular the realization of the universally determined Millennium Development Goals.

(iii) To serve as a viable point of contact for ideas and proposals relevant to the United Nations mandate.

(iv) To promote the direct engagement of institutions of higher education in programmes, projects and initiatives relevant to this mandate.

Classroom Conversations
In an initiative to bring university/college students from different parts of the world in face to face conversation with the United Nations on issues of global concern, the UNAI has launched an online and video conversation.
Featured Events
UNAI invites you to participate in its ongoing and upcoming events

ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact recently launched a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding, one of the 10 principles of UNAI.

The contest, Many Languages, One World, supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. To qualify, students must write their essays in one of the six languages, which must not be their mother tongue.

"Many Languages, One World"
[Website] http://outreach.un.org/unai
[Facebook] http://facebook.com/ImpactUN
[Weibo] http://e.weibo.com/academicimpact


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We have over 1000 UNAI members around the world.
"In less than three years, UNAI and its partners have carried out numerous projects, all around the three basic pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. "
Black Sea Universities Network
The UNAI hub on sustainability, led by the University of Costanta (Romania), has established the Black Sea Universities Network that oversees the implementation of 30 projects on coastal management. Major universities in the Black Sea region are now part of this network.
“Thirty points of dignity”
The UNAI is collaborating with Adelphi University, USA, a UNAI member, to promote human rights in a pro-active manner. Coinciding with the annual observance of Human Rights Day (10 December), Adelphi University and UNAI invited all UNAI affiliates to celebrate Human Rights Day with a special event called “30 points of dignity.” These 30 points refer to the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The United Nations Academic Impact teamed up with THE DREAM@50, a coalition of artists and art foundations, to mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream’ speech made on 28 August 1963. One of the highlights of the observance was a series of “flash mob” dances that took place in cities, towns, and villages around the world on August 28, 2013.
50th anniversary of “I have a dream” speech by Rev. Martin Luther King
Helping learn English on mobile devices and tablets
Rutgers University, USA, in conjunction with UNAI secretariat, has developed mobile applications (apps) designed to help learn English as a second language (ESL).
The “Unlearning Intolerance” is an on-going series at UN Headquarters that examines manifestations of intolerance as well as explores means to promote respect and understanding among peoples.
Unlearning Intolerance
UNAI members are required to carry out at least one activity during a calendar year and report about them to the UNAI secretariat.
On 30 May 2013, UNAI organized a special event, marking the centenary of the Nobel Prize in Literature for Gitanjali (“Song Offerings”) by poet Rabindranath Tagore. The special event focused on Tagore’s message to the world and its relevance today and included discussion, reading from poetry and interpretative presentation of Tagore’s songs.
“Classroom Conversation” on Role of Arab Women in Post-revolutionary Middle East

J.F. Oberlin University (Japan):
In 2013, J F Oberlin University published a textbook on disarmament. Titled “Pathway to Peace – for building a culture of peace", the book includes interviews with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Joseph Rotblat, Bernard Lown and Jody Williams. This bilingual book – English and Japanese – is one of J.F. Oberlin’s activities as a global hub for the UNAI principle of spreading the UN Charter’s spirit through the educational institutions of the world.

Activity Reports Map >>
CFR@UNAI is a discussion forum which brings CFR experts to UN Headquarters where they address visiting students and teachers and other guests on issues of current interest. The talk is available on webcast and students are be able to participate in live conversation by sending questions and comments on UNAI Social Media accounts.
Institute of Rural Management (Pakistan):
In 2012-2013, Institute of Rural Management (IRM) pioneered an Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) aimed at bringing children who dropped out of school from grades 2 to 5 back to mainstream education through a one-year condensed programme. The project included the preparation of a condensed curriculum, designing teacher guides, teacher training, the formation of 25 ALPs as well as the coaching and mentoring of teachers.
Global Essay Writing Contest
UNAI Brazil in Action
In Brazil, as many as 10 universities are now UNAI members.
The first of such talks took place on 1 November 2013.
Laurie Garrett, CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health, spoke
on “Biology’s Brave New World: Looking Toward Threats to
Global Health.” Joining Ms. Garrett in the talk was Dr.
Jacob Kumaresan, Executive Director, WHO Office at the
United Nations in New York. Under-secretary-General for
Communications and Public Information Peter Launsky-
Tieffenthal, moderated the discussion.
National Association of Vocational Education of China:
Since 1995, NAVEC has worked on its Warmth Project which aims to help the unemployed both in cities and rural areas to find jobs through training, and to help students who have financial difficulties to continue their study.

• IESB Department of Law – Human Rights Observatory holds a monthly meeting attended by well-known personalities and educational and local communities for the discussion of Human Rights issues and solutions.

• IESB assures educational opportunity for all as reflected in its efforts to implement the “IESB em Ação” Programme to fight bullying in school, and the Digital Inclusion Programme to address computer illiteracy of poor cities.

• IESB sponsored a lecture on sustainable economic growth and the impact of globalization on the environment and social mobility; and staged a debate on the topic “Brazilian Economic Development: Economic Challenges and Perspectives for the Small, Medium and Large Companies in Brazil”.

• IESB’s Fenix Project educates poor communities in making use of recyclable rubbish for livelihood. Already 500 poor families can attest to how the programme has helped them achieve a better standard of living.
IESB -Instituto de Educação Superior de Brasília
1. Academia São Lázaro de Estudos Cavalheirescos e Humanitários
2. Antonio Meneghetti Faculdade
3. Faculdade Salesiana do Nordeste
4. Faculdade de Direito da Univesidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
5. IESB -Instituto de Educação Superior de Brasília
6. UNESP - São Paulo State University
7. Universidade de São Paulo
8. Universidade Federal Do Ceara
9. Universidade Federal Do Rio de Janeiro
10. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie e Janeiro

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