Join United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)


Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations.  There are over 1400 member institutions in more than 147 countries that reach over 25 million people in the education and research sectors around the world representing a global diversity of regions and a thematic wealth of disciplines.  

The work of these institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as they serve as incubators of new ideas and solutions to the many global challenges we face.  United Nations Academic Impact provides the integral link to these stakeholders to ensure that the international community harnesses the energy and innovation of young people and the research community in service to humanity.

United Nations Academic is informed by a commitment to support and advance ten basic principles: 

  1. Addressing Poverty - A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education; 
  2. Capacity Building - A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world; 
  3. Education for All - A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity; 
  4. Global Citizenship - A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education; 
  5. Access to Higher Education - A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education; 
  6. Human Rights - A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion and speech; 
  7. Intercultural Dialogue - A commitment to promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, and the "unlearning" of intolerance through education; 
  8. Peace and Conflict Resolution - A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education; 
  9. Sustainability - A commitment to promoting sustainability through education; and  
  10. United Nations Charter - A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter. 

Every subject and discipline can have a UN imprint. We want relevant institutions to recognize this link and, often without additional effort or expense, undertake activities that can directly support United Nations mandates and objectives.

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