In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche, then Director of the Trusteeship Division of the United Nations Secretariat, was named Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in recognition of his work as Acting United Nations Mediator in Palestine. New York, 1 September 1950. UN Photo

As is often the case, dedicated humanitarians, their legacies, intentions and influences are destined to converge at some point.

Yoshiro Tanaka

In an Era When Doing Nothing Is Risky, Humanity Must Be Prepared

Diversification and globalization are excellent engines for realizing the sustainable development of our global society; for colleges and universities, they must function as an excellent strategy to develop human resources that will open up the future of the uncertain world.

A Black Lives Matter protest in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 June 2020. Photo: Life Matters from Pexels
Njabulo S. Ndebele

Nelson Mandela and Black Lives

The fact that the Black Lives Matter movement has found powerful resonances in many parts of the world in the wake of George Floyd’s killing indicates that we are not alone.

Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations, addresses the High-level Video Conference on "The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19",12 May 2020. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Omar Hilale

The Need for a Strengthened Multilateral Approach to Confront COVID-19 and Other Global Challenges

The tectonic waves of this pandemic aroused global reactions, while being sometimes uncoordinated, and jolted the multilateral system.

Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice, speaks on the first day of a hearing before the Court. 10 December 2019, The Hague, Netherlands. UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf

The Charter of the United Nations After 75 Years: Personal Reflections

Few would contest the enduring value and strength of the Charter as a normative instrument, even after 75 years of existence. Its purposes and principles have acquired a universal character unprecedented in human history.

António Guterres

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

At a time when the world is wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic, rising geopolitical tensions and growing climate disruption, the Charter points the way to the solidarity we need today and across generations.

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H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, visits a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 10 February 2020. Geremew Tigabu/UN OPGA
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

The UN General Assembly: A 75-Year Journey Towards the Future We Want

The 75th anniversary of the United Nations takes place at a moment of reckoning for our shared planet and shared future. This is a time for action, ambition and partnership.

A girl wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Nik Anderson
Swadesh M. Rana

The World Health System and COVID-19

Let us hope that the emerging partnerships between science, medicine and the private sector are closer to making a medical breakthrough for preventing the occurrence or recurrence of COVID-19. 

Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region. New York, 3 October 2019. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel
Nicolas de Rivière

The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality

The Charter brings us together. It defines the United Nations as "a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations", where each member is treated as an equal across social, economic or political differences.

Mona Juul

Reflections on the Charter of the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, let us remind ourselves of the promise it embodies, to help the world become a more prosperous, just, equitable and peaceful place.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, 28 February 2020

Former US Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Chair Emeritus and founder of the Roosevelt Institute, discusses the legacy of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the United Nations in the context of the Organization's upcoming 75th Anniversary. Drawing on decades of scholarship and diplomatic experience, Ambassador vanden Heuvel recalls the founding principles and enduring objectives of the United Nations, and Roosevelt's role in the creation of this indispensable international body.

Youth Issues

The UN Chronicle interviews youth environmental activist Aditya Mukarji

Lyubov Ginzburg of the UN Chronicle interviews fifteen-year-old environmental activist Aditya Mukarji on the problem of plastic pollution and the first-ever United Nations Youth Climate Action Summit. 22 September 2019, New York

Legacy Showcase

New Technologies: Where To?
Vol. LV Nos. 3 & 4 2018

New Technologies: Where To?

This issue focuses on new technologies and their potential benefits for humanity as well as their expanding use in advancing the 2030 Agenda. It explores the promise of our digital age, while posing important questions about where these technologies are leading us, and how their misuse could also lead to increased inequality and conflict.

Vol. LV No. 2 2018

2030 Agenda

This issue focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which commits United Nations Member States to work towards a sustainable future for all. The articles, by Senior Officials of the United Nations system, examine the Organization’s lead role in advancing the 2030 Agenda, and in promoting peace, social equality and human rights.

Latest Reports

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

As countries “continue to grapple with malnutrition in all its forms, including the growing burden of obesity”, Secretary-General António Guterres said that this year’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report “sends a sobering message”.

The authoritative global study tracking progress towards ending hunger and malnutrition, is produced jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO).

About the UN Chronicle

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Construction of UN Permanent Headquarters in New York, 1 August 1950. UN Photo/ES