Portable solar systems in rural Mongolia

Universal access to sustainable energy will remain elusive without addressing inequalities

During the last decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before...

Rice Terraces System in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China

World’s forests under threat from economic and environmental crises

Progress in protecting the world’s forests—and the people who rely on them—is at risk due to the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating climate and biodiversity crises ...

Indigenous woman is tending to plants

Indigenous peoples continue to face barriers to realizing rights to lands and territories

The world’s indigenous peoples call 22 per cent of the global land surface home. They live in areas where you find about 80 per cent...

 

UN Panel: End financial abuses to save people and planet

Governments can finance critical action on extreme poverty, COVID-19 and the climate crisis and by recovering the billions of dollars lost...

Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope, UN chief tells General Assembly

Following an “annus horribilis” of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN’s 193 Member States on Thursday. 

COVID-19 recovery, focus of UN General Assembly special session

Nations united on Thursday for a special session of the UN General Assembly to survey the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect on the best response, and forge a path to better days ahead. 

Recognize and protect rights of persons with disabilities, UN chief urges, marking International Day

The United Nations is commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Thursday, calling for greater inclusion for persons with disabilities, and recognizing and protecting their human rights. 

"The Youth Centre" in the Mauritanian capital gives young people the opportunity to spend time with their friends, and learn new and creative skills.

Internet Governance Forum calls for global unity to bridge digital divides

Advancing digital inclusion and narrowing digital divides will build a strong recovery as the world strives to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) heard today as it concluded after a series of high-level roundtable discussions.

Dilma Montero Guallani, 59, is a volunteer in the remote community of Pekín, in the Bolivian Amazon, where she provides early malaria diagnosis and treatment.

To recover better from COVID-19, we must invest in… forests

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our economies and societies, the United Nations today called for the inclusion of forest financing in efforts to recover from the pandemic.

Internet Governance Forum calls for bridging digital divides, harnessing the Internet to support human resilience and build solidarity amid COVID-19

Never before has the Internet proven to be such a vital lifeline in maintaining economic and social ties, as the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-level segment of the Internet Governance Forum opened today, with participants underlining the critical importance of digital technologies in supporting human resilience and building solidarity to respond to the challenges posed by the coronavirus.

International cooperation works – even from home

For the past 75 years, royals, presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders have been coming together at the UN General Assembly every year to discuss and attempt to peacefully resolve the planet’s gravest challenges. This year, for the first time since the end of the Second World War, they will stay at home. But the conversation and cooperation carry on.

A day to recognize the resilience of indigenous peoples

“No one is safe, until everyone is”

Amid a global health crisis and widely varying government responses, the UN High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs – a group of 16 former heads of states, ministers, eminent economists, and social scientists – offers a set of new solutions for governments to build back better, greener and fairer after COVID-19. The Board members launched a new volume of essays, “Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities,” during an online dialogue on 22 July 2020.

Coronavirus: Reshape the urban world to aid ‘ground zero’ pandemic cities