DMU selected for second term as United Nations global hub
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) was awarded a second term as the United Nations Global Academic Impact Hub (UNAI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at transforming lives around the world .
Announced exclusively today by Vice-Chancellor Professor Katie Normington at a United Nations peacekeeping event, DMU will continue to be the only university in the world to represent UNAI on the Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, and the only UK-based SDG center.
The university will use its status to continue its research, scholarship and innovation with the aim of working towards the targets and indicators of SDG 16 and promoting all SDGs, which address global challenges such as hunger, health, education, climate change and social justice. , aiming to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Professor Normington said today: “DMU is extremely proud to be the only Academic Impact Center for Sustainable Development Goal 16 in the world, and the only UNAI, ODD Academic Impact Center in the UK. .
DMU was originally announced as the academic center of SDG 16 in 2018 in recognition of its efforts to build a global network of universities and other organizations to share ideas and initiatives to achieve the SDGs, initially around rights refugees and migrants.
The work of the ODD Center has evolved to include projects that have sought to tackle modern slavery, democracy deficits, local economic regeneration and organized crime.
Today’s announcement was made surrounded by leading experts from around the world who gathered to celebrate the eve of International Peacekeepers Day.
UNAI has entrusted the university with the responsibility of organizing the event, on behalf of UN Peacekeeping, a UN department that plays an important global role in helping countries navigate the path from conflict to peace.
Professor Normington added: “We were delighted that the United Nations Academic Impact initiative gave us the responsibility of organizing a program with United Nations peacekeeping.
“This honor is a reflection of the confidence that the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative has placed in its global hub for Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, based here at DMU.”
Mark Charlton, Associate Director of Public Engagement at DMU, said: “This event clearly shows just how great DMU has a relationship with the UN. Working directly with United Nations peacekeeping and the British mission to the United Nations has been a fantastic experience.
Comprised of guest speakers from around the world, including members of the British Mission to the UN who sit on the UN Security Council, UN peacekeeping research scholars and a British soldier While serving in a peacekeeping mission in Mali, the event was a true celebration of the work of United Nations peacekeepers.
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Saturday, May 29, aims to honor more than one million women and men who have served on the front lines of conflict and the more than 4,000 who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties.
Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021