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November 24, 2010

UN Launches Academic Impact


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Photo: A close-up of a flute soloist performing alongside the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra, under the leadership of Maestro Lü Jia, inside the General Assembly Hall, as part of the UN Academic Impact's inaugural concert. As part of Academic Impact's official launch, 68 musicians from 14 countries and representing 19 symphony orchestras gave a classical concert. November 19, 2010. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.


In an effort to bolster "intellectual social responsibility" for such global goals as promoting human rights, protecting the environment and ending wars, the United Nations is partnering with institutions of higher learning around the world in a new initiative called "Academic Impact".

Since formal launch of the initiative at the UN Headquarters on November 19, 2010, 167 representatives from 40 countries have participated in a two-day series of related conferences, seminars and other activities to share ideas on how to match academic innovation with the work of the United Nations.

Each participating college or university is expected to engage in one activity or project annually in support of those principles. In 2011, the United Nations would set up 10 hubs, one for each principle, to serve as focal points to receive and disseminate ideas among participating universities. Academic Impact would also contribute to the UN Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review on Education. With close to 500 members in more than 90 countries, the new initiative is aimed to promote a culture of intellectual superiority.

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