Three classmates in Bangladesh read together from a children’s book provided by the non-profit organization Room to Read.

As we find ourselves in the greatest education crisis of our generation, literacy interventions can act as an antidote to the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Reconstruction in Beira, Mozambique, two years after Tropical Cyclone Idai. June 2021. Photo by Chris Huby for UNDRR
Mami Mizutori

A World in Crisis Needs International Cooperation

Despite the clear evidence that investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR) brings great benefits, only a small fraction of international cooperation is being channeled to support such efforts.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
Michele Nealon

The Pandemic Accelerant: How COVID-19 Advanced Our Mental Health Priorities

There is no health without mental health, and we must address physical and mental wellness in equal measure.

Judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2021. ITLOS Photo
Albert Hoffmann

Celebrating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Our oceans have never played a more significant role in all spheres of human life and endeavour as they do today. It is only through sound governance of the oceans that we will continue to reap the benefits of this common good while preserving it for generations to come.

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Tawfik Jelassi

Advancing Universal Access to Information within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

At a time when we are all trying to find efficient solutions to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more essential than ever that we put forward universal access to information as a key pillar to building back better with resilient and inclusive knowledge societies capable of achieving sustainable development.

The UN Secretary-General's Youth Envoy launches a Peacebuilding Fund-supported project to strengthen the participation of young women in local and national peace processes, 27 January 2020. Source: Peacebuilding Fund, South Sudan.
The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and the United Nations System Staff College

The Centrality of Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes

When young people engage and interconnect within all three layers of negotiations—inside, around and outside the room—they have more positive influence in the development of agreements than if they are simply provided a seat at the table.

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Yeshihareg Nega provides skin-to-skin care to her preterm baby at Felege Hiwot Hospital in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 25 March 2021.
Helga Fogstad

Unsafe and Disrespectful Health Practices Continue to Harm the Most Vulnerable Women and Newborns

Providing respectful care means meeting the needs of communities and individuals, and taking women’s views and preferences into full account.

"Missing", a memorial monument by Goran Stojčetović, dedicated to the victims and missing persons of the Kosovo and Metohija armed conflict (1998-1999), Gračanica, Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia. Image provided by author.
Milica Kolaković-Bojović

The United Nations Response to Enforced Disappearance—No Victim Left Behind

The universality of ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and continuous awareness-raising should be seen as the most powerful preconditions of an efficient fight against enforced disappearance.

Photo credit: Kat Jayne/Pexels
Silke Albert

Survivors Can Play a Key Role in Combating Human Trafficking

It is high time that we take to heart the wisdom expressed in the theme of this year's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and let “victims’ voices lead the way”.

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash.
Ozark Henry

In the Fight to End Human Trafficking, Let Survivors Lead the Way

We must listen to survivors who managed to escape their abusers and successfully found their way back into society, as they can provide us with unique insights into this crime.

Chronicle Conversations

A Chronicle Conversation with Fernanda Maciel and Tina Muir, 10 August 2021

The UN Chronicle speaks with elite runners Fernanda Maciel and Tina Muir about their passion for running and #TheHumanRace campaign to urge world leaders to honour their pledge to contribute $100 billion annually for climate action in developing countries.

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

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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

The State of the World’s Children 2021

The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines child, adolescent and caregiver mental health. It focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in the life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being.

About the UN Chronicle

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