Football for the Goals

Sports are great allies for a better world. Football, from players to teams, moves and transforms fans’ behaviors. That is why we launch "Football for the Goals”, a platform for the global football community to engage with and advocate for the football sector to inspire action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By using its own visibility, football can drive the change we need. Get to know the initiative, become an ally, and join the conversation with UEFA (July 6, 8 a.m. EDT) about how they can help implement sustainable practices in the football industry.

Members of the initiative commit to the principles of sustainable development and to mainstreaming sustainable practices throughout their businesses and activities.
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Children in Fangak county, Jonglei State eat a cooked meal of sorghum. WFP provides food rations to food insecure families containing sorghum, oil, salt, peas and maize. .South Sudan 20 January 2022.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Goals to transform our world

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries — poor, rich and middle-income — to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

Act Now

The ActNow campaign aims to trigger individual action on the defining issue of our time. People around the world have joined to make a difference in all facets of their lives, from the food they eat to the clothes they wear.

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Reading and learning are essential to children’s growth and development; stories can fuel their imagination and raise awareness of new possibilities. The SDG Book Club aims to encourage them to learn about the Goals in a fun, engaging way, empowering them to make a difference.

SDG media zone: Ocean Conference

The SDG Media Zone at the UN Ocean Conference takes place from 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The SDG Media Zone aims to take the conversation on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse. Check out the SDG Media Zone programme and stay tuned for conversations that matter.

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Featured stories from across the United Nations and our world-wide family of agencies, funds, and programmes.

A child plays with a truck tire next to a ditch full of plastic waste Pollution and Waste, World Bank

Unpacking the plastics challenge

Plastics are here to stay. They are easy and inexpensive to make and have been a significant driver for development. But plastic waste has become an omnipresent threat - with public health, livelihoods and the environment all suffering. Plastic can take hundreds of thousands of years to decompose. The World Bank is committed to tackling plastic pollution, recognizing it as a key element in alleviating extreme poverty. Today the World Bank Group supports efforts in more than 50 countries around the globe and at every stage of the plastic lifecycle.

a woman, seen from the back, walking through a market Slavery and Human Trafficking, IOM

Emerging from the grips of trafficking

In 2018, Chinara travelled to Mali, in the hope of bettering the livelihood of her family. She was deceived by an acquaintance she met at the market, and was convinced to migrate irregularly to Mali, with the promise of making up to approximately USD 360 a month by cleaning houses. When she arrived in Mali, she did not find a house to clean but instead a female sex workers house. “They were treating us like animals. It was like hell.” Thankfully, she met two other migrants outside the house who had established contact with IOM and helped her escape.

people cross through a field with wind turbines SDGs, UNDP

Building a sustainable future amidst colliding crises

The COVID-19 pandemic has launched a broadside against the SDGs, our best hope for a livable and prosperous future. We are also facing the consequences of the war in Ukraine on human lives, food supplies and a mounting fuel crisis. There are no more ‘band aid’ solutions. Crisis can be turned into opportunity for a concerted push towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future. New, complex crises require re-writing the rule book. UNDP is tapping into its extensive global network to build solutions that make a difference in peoples’ daily lives.

Transport and Communications, WHO

The 2030 horizon for road safety

WHO welcomes the political declaration on Global Road Safety committing to cut road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030, a milestone for road safety and sustainable mobility.

Gender Equality, UNCTAD

Training opens new horizons for women in ports

Globally, women’s participation rate in ports is only 18%. UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade port management programme is helping to bridge the gender gap by empowering more women in ports.

Agriculture and Food, FAO

828 million people are facing hunger

FAO’s flagship publication, the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022, shows how efforts to make progress towards SDG 2 - Zero Hunger, are proving insufficient.

Agriculture and Food, FAO

Poster contest 2022

If you’re aged between 5 and 19, FAO wants to hear from you! Use your imagination and create a poster showing a world where everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. 

What we do

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, including:

Structure of the
United Nations

The main parts of the UN structure are the General Assembly, the
Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the UN Secretariat. All were established in 1945 when the UN was founded.

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. All 193 Member States of the UN are represented in the General Assembly, making it the only UN body with universal representation.

The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the UN Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members (5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members). Each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Economic and Social Council is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as implementation of internationally agreed development goals.

The Trusteeship Council was established in 1945 by the UN Charter, under Chapter XIII, to provide international supervision for 11 Trust Territories that had been placed under the administration of seven Member States, and ensure that adequate steps were taken to prepare the Territories for self-government and independence.

The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in the Hague (Netherlands). It is the only one of the six principal organs of the United Nations not located in New York (United States of America).

The Secretariat comprises the Secretary-General and tens of thousands of international UN staff members who carry out the day-to-day work of the UN as mandated by the General Assembly and the Organization's other principal organs.

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The Middelgrunden Off Shore Windturbines located in the Øresund Straight separating Denmark and Sweden. UN Photo

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.

Women at UN CSW63 Side Event - “Take the Hot Seat”. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is greeted on his visit to the Central African Republic

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions still lives on less than US$1.90 a day — the internationally agreed poverty line, and millions of others live on slightly more than this daily amount.

young children smiling at camera

The UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020 arrived at a time of great upheaval and peril. To secure a world where everyone can thrive in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet we need a multilateral system that is inclusive, networked and effective. "Our Common Agenda" builds on the 12 commitments contained in the UN75 Declaration.

Watch and Listen

Video and audio from across the United Nations and our world-wide family of agencies, funds, and programmes.

In Burkina Faso, Latifatou dreamt of becoming a seamstress to escape poverty and child labour. Thanks to support from the CLEAR Cotton project, her dream is about to come true.

Addressing conspiracy theories: what can teachers do?

The best defence against conspiracy theories is knowledge. Teachers can play a central role in building the resilience, knowledge and analytical skills needed to spot and debunk conspiracy theory narratives.

What is Inflation? | Ask an Economist

What is inflation, why is it happening, and what can governments do about it? IMF answers these questions in their newest series, Ask an Economist. Send your questions to

UN Podcasts

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The coffee industry: a catalyst for change in child labour

Have you ever wondered where your coffee beans come from? Chances are it was prepared in Guatemala, ninth largest coffee exporter in the world. In the remote region of Ixil, far off the beaten tracks of the northern part of the country, low literacy rates and poverty have long plagued the Maya Ixil Indigenous population. Employment opportunities are far and few between and many parents feel that they have no choice but to bring their children to work with them in coffee fields to make ends meet. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners in the Ixil region are tackling child labour and poverty by promoting education and safe youth employment in the coffee industry.

Producers: Anais Hotin, Charlotta Lomas
Presenter: André Vornic, FAO
Photo credit: © FAO/Santiago Billy

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Images from across the United Nations and our world-wide family of agencies, funds, and programmes.

Syrian women and children in front of tent
Photo:UNOCHA/Ahmad Alito

The Syrian Iron Woman

Khadijah Afash is among the minority of female camp managers in north-west Syria. When she first fled from Anadan to Afrin in 2020 the fields were empty, and many families resorted to sleeping on the floor. Witnessing these scenes of hardship, Khadijah took it upon herself to establish a camp. Her determination came as no surprise to her peers; they were well aware of her reputation back in Anadan as the “Iron Woman.” Before being displaced, Khadijah was a teacher and school principal in Anadan. In her spare time, she taught illiterate women and children. "They tell me that as a woman I should stay on the margin. But I say as a woman I will be active, and I will raise a generation.” 

woman with seedlings in forest
Photo:UNDP Cambodia

Bioprospecting for biodiversity

Cambodia’s rich biodiversity and its associated genetic resources makes it attractive for commercial bioprospecting. It encompasses a high number of known native medicinal plants. To counter various threats to Cambodia’s biodiversity, the UNDP-supported, GEF-financed project, Developing a Comprehensive Framework for Practical Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Cambodia, is working to strengthen the country’s capacity for access to benefit sharing vis-à-vis Cambodia’s genetic resources. A well-developed and functioning Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) national legal, institutional, and administrative framework will enable the equitable sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.