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The University of Andorra joins the UN’s Academic Impact initiative

The University of Andorra (UdA) has been officially accepted as a member of Academic Impact, an international programme promoted by the United Nations (UN). As a result, the UdA joins other higher education institutions working with the UN to help realise the organisation’s goals and mandates, which include promoting and protecting human rights, access to education, sustainability, and conflict resolution. Moreover, in this way the UdA takes a further step to materialising its support for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is an initiative that aligns higher education institutions with the UN’s efforts towards meeting its goals. Launched in 2010, UNAI is a global network with nearly 1,500 members in 148 countries that reach more over 25 million people in the education and research sectors all over the world. The work of these institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they serve as incubators of new ideas and solutions to the many challenges facing the planet.

By becoming a member of UNAI, the University of Andorra commits to supporting and promoting the ten basic principles behind the initiative:

  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.

Date: 28 October 2021