About UNAI :

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a division dedicated to helping the successful development of Model United Nations (MUN) in higher learning institutions. UNAI is a branch of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information in which they strive to build strong relationships between institutions with MUN and the United Nations. The UNAI help institutions like NYU Shanghai create simulations that depict UN debates and committees. NYU Shanghai’s membership with UNAI allows the opportunity to establish the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within NYUSHMUNC, as well as promote further engagement and discussion in UN objectives.

NYUSHMUNC’s membership with UNAI:

NYUSHMUNC is a member of the UNAI and has been approved by the Chief Executive Officers of the division. This membership not only provides further training for our conference trainers and student leaders, but also holds our conference to the ten principles of UNAI. The ten principles below as seen on the UNAI website represent the foundation of NYUSHMUNC’s relationship with UNAI, and allows our conference to continuously grow and evolve.

  1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seems to promote and help fulfill;
  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.