A round-table meeting taking place during the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations Headquarters, New York, 14 June 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Persons with disabilities should have a representative voice, chosen by persons with disabilities themselves, in every platform that has an impact on their interests, for they are best positioned to identify their own needs and the most suitable policies for meeting those needs. In the United Nations system, such deliberative platforms are the meetings and conferences convened.

A resident of Dabeiba, Colombia, is gifted a football at a match between former FARC-EP combatants and members of the Colombian Armed Forces, organized by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. 19 June 2018. UN Photo/Jennifer Moreno Canizales.
Anantha Duraiappah

Is Kindness the Secret to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

A call to action for global youth to increase and celebrate their acts of kindness is a powerful counterstroke to the daily dose of negative news and information we receive through our media platforms.

After fleeing heavy fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), thousands of Internally Displaced Persons receive rations of emergency food aid distributed by the World Food Programme. Agok, Sudan. 21 May 2008.
David Beasley

The Path to Peace Starts with Food

A toxic mix of conflict, regional instability and the impact of climate change is halting the progress we have been making towards ending hunger around the world. Unless we commit ourselves to a better path, millions more will be hungry and the places they call home will become even more dangerous.

In Finland, school children are learning to incorporate pulses—a group of edible legumes—into their diets. In Jyväskylä, Finland, students took a protein tasting quiz organized by the Finnish Environment Institute. ©Childrens’ Parliament of Jyväskylä.
Eeva Furman and Minna Kaljonen

Sustainable Diets Enhance Progress on All Sustainable Development Goals

The sustainable food system transformation requires an understanding of global food security issues, as well as innovations for contextual solutions that are creative enough to link the various SDGs together. 

Through a grant from UN-Women, Partenariat Recherches Environnement Medias has taught women in Katfoura, Guinea, how to plant the vitamin-rich moringa tree and how to clean, dry and sell its leaves. 10 November 2015. UN-Women/Joe Saade.
Venge Nyirongo

Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Road to 2030: Agency for Climate Action

In spite of the observable economic restraints, rural women continue to be instrumental in adapting to and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

A group of graffiti artists (all young women) painted orange murals in Zone 18 in Guatemala City in support of UN-Women and the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women. Guatemala City, Guatemala. 2 December 2018.
Alaa Murabit

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

Essentially, when women are equally represented in politics, they have a clear and measurable impact on health, economy, security, safety and equality, which leads to more inclusive, sustainable and democratic policies that benefit everyone.

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Courtenay Rattray, Samantha E. Power and Anaitee Mills

Moving from Climate Talk to Climate Action

For small island developing States (SIDS), climate change is not an abstract concept, but a force already affecting individual lives, coastal communities, ecosystems and economies.

A view of one of the classrooms with a partial roof at the “25 de Junho” School, located in Beira, Mozambique, an area where cyclones Idai and Kenneth hit just a few weeks apart in March and April 2019. Taken 8 July 2019.
Vera Songwe

Realizing a Climate-Resilient and Prosperous Africa

Unless ambitious steps are taken, then, the unfolding climate crisis poses an imminent existential threat. Without such action, it appears impossible for Africa to meet any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or achieve the transformational outcomes envisioned in the continent's Agenda 2063 and encapsulated in national development plans.

In Uganda, UN human rights officers work with the local authorities, including the Uganda Prisons Services, and the Ugandan Human Rights Commission to improve prison conditions in the Karamoja region. Sylvester Lotieng/OHCHR
Andrew Gilmour

The Nelson Mandela Rules: Protecting the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty

The Nelson Mandela Rules emphasize that the provision of health care for prisoners is a State responsibility, and that the relationship between health-care professionals and prisoners is governed by the same ethical and professional standards as those applicable to patients in the community. Moreover, the Rules oblige prison health-care services to evaluate and care for the physical and mental health of prisoners, including those with special needs.

A view of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America, host of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, taking place 26-28 August 2019. Wikimedia Commons/Garrett
Maruxa Cardama

Why You Should Not Miss the Opportunity to Engage in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

Cities and communities are the living laboratories where the challenges and opportunities that are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change become tangible.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Jean-Claude Guédon

The UN Chronicle discusses the future of scholarly communication and the 2030 Agenda with Jean-Claude Guédon, Professor of Comparative Literature (retired), University of Montréal, a leading proponent of open science.

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

For Every Child, Every Right

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark achievement that has since become the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty. The Convention sets strict standards for signatory governments to protect the rights of every child.

Published in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Convention, this report is intended as an advocacy tool to both celebrate the achievements of the past three decades and generate dialogue on the critical work that remains – especially for children who have been left behind.

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