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The development of a Global Degree as a new educational structure and mode could address current inadequacies as countries and students confront new challenges. This new norm would help make learning more targeted, flexible, current and applicable.

A Buffalo Bicycle rider goes the distance in rural Malawi. Photo by World Bicycle Relief
Alisha Myers, Jessica Hall, Leah De Vos and Lena Kleine-Kalmer

The Value of Cycling as an Accelerator of Sustainable Development

Bicycles could help nearly a billion people living in rural areas at risk of being left behind because education, healthcare, markets, and other critical services are simply out of reach.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Biodiversity is Key to Building a Sustainable Future for All

The benefits and cost effectiveness of working with nature extends to other domains—including food and water security, and climate change. Fortunately, this is becoming better understood, as people start to realize the importance of biodiversity for their own health, well-being and prosperity.

 Kind friends have provided funds to support villagers in need.
Nicholas Vreeland

Karuna in the Age of Corona

Renowned photographer Nicholas Vreeland explores life in the village of Mundgod, India, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, documenting acts of karuna (Sanskrit for compassion).

Protest connected with speed cameras, outside the High Court in London, 2003. Photo courtesy of the author.
Brigitte Chaudhry

Road Deaths and Injuries Shatter Lives: The Impetus for Lower Speeds and Serious Post-Crash Response

Enforcement, investigation and legal response ought to become an integral part of road crash prevention work to finally achieve a shift from the current unacceptable carnage.  

Vehicles experiencing a breakdown or an emergency can stop in the emergency lane; these lanes may themselves present risks to traffic. Wikimedia Commons.
Joëlle Auert and Meleckidzedeck Khayesi

The Role of the United Nations System in Improving Road Safety to Save Lives and Advance Sustainable Development

This article examines how the United Nations system is working to improve road safety throughout the world, and how safer roads can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Still shot of actor Subir Banerjee from the film "Pather Panchali" (1955) by Satyajit Ray. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)
Sundeep Bhutoria

Humanism and Hope: The Legacy of Film Director Satyajit Ray

Individual struggle for the collective good was often a Ray leitmotif. As he once put it, “I too am an activist—as an artist. That’s my way.”

Herbie Hancock, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), performs at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters. 30 April 2011. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
Herbie Hancock

Reflections on 10 Years of International Jazz Day

By inviting everyone at all levels of society to participate and share their culture with the world through jazz, we recognize and give shape to their inherent dignity and equality. 

Judge Joan E. Donoghue, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), presiding at public hearings held on 15 March 2021.
Joan E. Donoghue

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice

While there are many aspects of international law on which jurists of all stripes can be expected to agree, we must acknowledge that there is no single, homogenized answer to many legal questions that arise in international disputes. 

Volunteers from Chitkara University (center) pose with students of the government school in Tahu Village in the State of Punjab, India, during a book distribution event, part of the 3R Campaign 2030, 4 March 2021. Photo courtesy of Chitkara University.
Asif Ayoob

Managing Plastic Pollution: Could University Campuses Serve as Vectors of Change?

The Sustainable Development Goals, having evolved from the fundamental principle of “leave no one behind”, should follow the same principle in developing initiatives at the grass-roots level.

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

The 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report


The description text: The 2021 Financing for Sustainable Development Report responds to the request made by Member States to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on financing for sustainable development, and to propose recommendations to rebuild better. The report underlines the need for policy actions to ensure effective support until the recovery is firmly underway. Its thematic chapter discusses the systemic and interlinked nature of risk in a tightly intertwined world, and the importance of providing  financing for risk reduction and resilience and financing that is risk-informed and resilient.

About the UN Chronicle

The UN Chronicle, produced by the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has served as the Organization’s flagship magazine since 1946, providing authoritative information and debate on the activities of the larger United Nations system. Learn more...

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