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Rio+20 : Ban exhorts academia to find solutions to global hunger, poverty and intolerance
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Ban exhorts academia to find solutions to global hunger, poverty and intolerance
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted the world?s academic community to find solutions to global hunger and malnutrition, come up with ideas to promote sustainable and inclusive development, and advance tolerance through mutual respect and understanding.

The Academic Impact is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN to actively support universally accepted principles in human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution, among others. It was formally launched at UN Headquarters in November last year and 670 academic institutions in 104 countries have since joined the initiative, including 47 from the Republic of Korea.

On tolerance and peaceful coexistence, the Secretary-General stressed that the academic community, with its long-standing traditions of cultural exchange, can set an example of mutual respect and understanding.

The Secretary-General said the Academic Impact had spawned an offshoot known as ?ASPIRE? ? Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education ? and thanked the students for their engagement, including through raising funds for relief work after disasters in Haiti and Japan.
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