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

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.

Mr. Gianni Infantino, President, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), 14 September 2020. ©UNIS Vienna/Nikoleta Haffar (CC BY 2.0) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Gianni Infantino

Sport Can Help the World Come Back Stronger

As it has done before, football, the most popular sport in the world, will play a central role in bringing communities together.

Boys playing in a stream, 6 March 2016. Photo by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay,
Kelly Ann Naylor, Michela Miletto and Richard Connor

The Value of Water and Its Essential Role in Supporting Sustainable Development

Recognizing, measuring and expressing water’s worth, and incorporating it into decision-making, are fundamental to achieving sustainable and equitable water resources management and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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United States Youth Poet Laureate Meera Dasgupta.
Meera Dasgupta

"Remembrance": A Poem by the United States Youth Poet Laureate

Poetry is slow and requires patience. It is not a luxury; it is meant for all. Claim poetry for yourself and know that if you choose to wield it, you may well change the world.

Rainforest view, 23 July 2019. Kanenori from Pixabay
Mette L. Wilkie

Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-Being

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration provides an opportunity to galvanize support for the restoration of degraded forest landscapes on a massive scale, thereby increasing ecological resilience and productivity, and contributing to many of the SDGs.

Zebra grazing in a field in Tanzania, 11 July 2018. Hendrik Cornelissen/Pexels
David O'Connor

Protecting Wildlife Can Help Advance the 2030 Agenda and Sustain Life on Earth, Including Humanity

Building back better must bring nature, biodiversity and climate fully into the picture, and address the entrenched social inequalities laid bare by the pandemic.

Mario Maniewicz

New World, New Radio: Celebrating the Resilience of the World’s Most Widely Used Medium

As the fight against the pandemic continues, radio has been a close companion for many around the world, with broadcasters curating trustworthy information, countering misinformation and providing much-needed entertainment during lockdowns. 

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

State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

This publication offers a wide-ranging perspective on indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories and resources, analysing legislation and agreements at the national and international levels as well as customary law. It examines both successful practices and continuing obstacles to realizing indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories and resources and suggests ways forward. 

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