The United Nations announced last week the formation of a global initiative to involve the academic world in the organization’s work. The project, called the United Nations Academic Impact, will hold its first conference on Dec. 15 in Asturias, Spain. The initiative will include more than 500 institutions from more than 90 countries. A full list can be found at www.academicimpact.org.
Each of the institutions has committed to 10 principles taken from the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals. The 10 principles cover human rights, literacy, sustainability, citizenship, economic stability and conflict resolution. Each institution is expected to plan at least one project yearly related to these principles.