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Participation in the United Nations Academic Impact

 
 

The United Nations Academic Impact is an experiment to link the worlds Universities to the UN. The purpose of this is as follows. (Source: United Nations Academic Impact Japan HP)
○To bring into association with the United Nations, and with each other, institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
○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.
○ To serve as a viable point of contact for ideas and proposals relevant to the United Nations mandate.
○To promote the direct engagement of institutions of higher education in programs, projects and initiatives relevant to this mandate.

It was established in 2010 but already has nearly 1000 Universities and research institutes participating. 20 Universities have also joined from Japan. Moreover, in April 2014, TUFS became the 21st participating University from Japan. Participating Universities support the following 10 commandments put forth by the United Nations and are committed to their promotion. The 10 commandments are as follows.

1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfil;
2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;
3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
4. A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education;
5. A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world;
6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education;
7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education;
8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education;
9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education;
10. A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education.

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