Members of the academic community write books and papers on the UN and teach students about the Organization.  They are vital to the work of the United Nations, because they are making the young people of today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow, aware of the Organization and what it does.  They also foster interest in the Organization.

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology of the London School of Economics on 21 May 2019.

Academic Impact

United Nations Academic Impact is a programme of the Outreach Division of the Department of Global Communications.  It is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies whose substantive responsibilities relate to the conduct of research.  It aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.

United Nations iLibrary

Every year, the United Nations publishes a vast range of valuable and reliable information. It is often published in the form of books that contain research covering the United Nations’ priorities, such as international peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, climate change, and international law. The United Nations iLibrary gathers much of this valuable content on one easy-to-use platform for researchers, students, and the general public. 


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. It fosters innovation to meet education and workforce needs. It examines ways of increasing higher education opportunities for young people from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. UNESCO is the lead UN agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), which seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a more sustainable future.

UN University

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization headquartered in Japan.  The UN University works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system. 

 Collections at UNU is an open repository that gives open access to research and papers written by members of the UNU community.

Global Compact

Participation in the UN Global Compact is open to degree-granting academic institutions, such as universities, colleges, business schools, and other academic organizations, which are committed to implementing the ten principles of the Global Compact in their organization, and which are willing to collaborate as strategic partners in the progress of the initiative.

UN Volunteers

At UN Volunteers, you can change the world by volunteering over the Internet.  Share your skills, you knowledge and ideas from a computer anywhere in the world. Engage in the work of grassroots organizations, international NGOs, local governments, educational institutions and United Nations agencies.

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