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

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.

Secretary-General António Guterres launched Youth 2030, the United Nations Youth Strategy, at a high-level Event held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, 24 September 2018. Photo Credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo ​
Jayathma Wickramanayake

Transforming Youth Education to Support the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Access to quality education is not only beneficial for young people but also for the world. Educating boys and girls increases productivity and facilitates economic growth; knowledge about sanitation, immunization, nutrition and general health can save lives; quality education provides girls and boys with the skills they need to take on leadership roles at local and national levels, enabling them to take part in decision-making on matters that affect their lives and their communities.

Scene from 2019 Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. The theme of this year's Forum is “Youth: Empowered, included and equal”. April 2019, New York. 
Inga Rhonda King

The July 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: An Opportunity to Right-track Our Multilateral Engagement

More people are living better now than they were just 10 years ago. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, we know that many Governments are putting the SDGs at the centre of their development plans and are aligning their policies and institutions behind the Goals.

Lise Kingo at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. Photo credit: Joel Sheakoski/UN Global Compact ​
Lise Kingo

The UN Global Compact: Finding Solutions to Global Challenges

While the United Nations needs to put the right plans and policies in place they will also need to cultivate partnerships with Governments, civil society and the private sector to harness the resources, innovative ideas and skills that we so desperately need to turn the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into a reality.

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Natalia Kanem

The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All

Population policies today are about people, not numbers, and about the rights of individuals and couples to freely decide whether, when or how often to have children. But it has not always been this way.

Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu

Closing the Technology Gap in Least Developed Countries

Tremendous technological leaps are being made, but the economic and social benefits remain geographically concentrated, primarily in developed countries.

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Government Policy for the Internet Must Be Rights-Based and User-Centred

The digital future is already here. As nearly every aspect of our lives becomes digitized, we must ensure that laws and policies are based on fundamental rights.

Residents of Kasungu, in central Malawi, gather during a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology. The Government of Malawi and UNICEF are testing the use of drones for humanitarian purposes. 28 June 2017. © UNICEF/UN070228/Chisiza
Claire Melamed

The Race to Innovate for Development Should Not Leave Foundational Data Systems Behind

Data is everywhere, constantly being created by humans and machines across the globe. But as half of the world seems to be drowning in data, too many people and places are still invisible in the numbers that drive decisions.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Stefan Schweinfest

In our inaugural Chronicle Conversation, the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest, explains how better data can lead to better lives, and introduces the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019.

Youth Issues

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Young Leaders

Young leader: Burak Doluay

Burak Doluay co-founded, a digital platform that uses entrepreneurship as a peacebuilding mechanism by creating inter-communal entrepreneurship ecosystems in conflict regions through digital and in-person initiatives. Today, their community has grown to over 1,800 people. In 2017 Burak participated in the UN’s regional consultation session on UN resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

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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

Global Sustainable Development Report 2019
Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

The Future Is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

The Future Is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

Global Sustainable Development Report 2019  

Report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

The Age of Independence

Heightened Tensions, Subdued Investment

Global Economic Prospects

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