UN Academic Impact Korea (UNAI Korea) was established in 2012 and has been an active non-profit organization registered with the Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2013. UNAI Korea is an implementing body of the ten basic principles of UNAI, promoting higher education and global citizenship education through collaborations with institutions of of higher education and research both in Korea and overseas. UNAI Korea supports the pursuit of the three foundational goals of the United Nations Charter: peace, development, and protection of human rights.
Working with 68 universities and higher education institutions within Korea (as of March 2016), as well as undergraduate and graduate student groups through UNAI ASPIRE Korea, UNAI Korea promotes and implements UN’s major education initiatives. UNAI Korea also supports Korean universities and institutions to build partnerships with the UN and other higher education institutions overseas to use education as an engine for addressing global challenges.
Following the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations declared the new 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 in which the role and significance of education is highlighted in achieving a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, safe, and sustainable world. For this purpose, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon specified global citizenship education as a new education paradigm that goes beyond simple transfer of knowledge and skills toward nurturing responsibility, honesty and integrity. In November 2015 the United Nations specified UNAI as an institution responsible for strengthening and enhancing global citizenship education.
To fulfill this mission, UNAI Korea is leading the way toward achieving the UN SDGs through the development of global citizenship education programs in higher education, enhancing research and exchange among higher education institutions around the globe, nurturing and building the capacities of youth and professionals, and establishing comprehensive partnerships among all stakeholders.