H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, visits a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 10 February 2020. Geremew Tigabu/UN OPGA

The 75th anniversary of the United Nations takes place at a moment of reckoning for our shared planet and shared future. This is a time for action, ambition and partnership.

António Guterres

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

At a time when the world is wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic, rising geopolitical tensions and growing climate disruption, the Charter points the way to the solidarity we need today and across generations.

Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region. New York, 3 October 2019. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel
Nicolas de Rivière

The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality

The Charter brings us together. It defines the United Nations as "a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations", where each member is treated as an equal across social, economic or political differences.

Mona Juul

Reflections on the Charter of the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, let us remind ourselves of the promise it embodies, to help the world become a more prosperous, just, equitable and peaceful place.

The first cohort of Afghan students arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and started language courses at ALMA University, October 2019. Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan
Esuna Dugarova

Progress Towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: The UNDP Journey

As the largest development actor, UNDP holds a key responsibility to ensure progress towards gender equality and sustainable development.

A street scene from the Republic of Korea during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided by Tabitha Kwon.
Tabitha Kwon

COVID-19: What You Should Know About Masks

The Republic of Korea was able to lower its infection rate without the kind of strict, cross-border restrictions and lockdowns that were imposed in other countries.

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A view from the UNTV studio as the Security Council holds an open video conference in connection with the situation in the Middle East (Yemen). Seated is John Montenero, Senior Broadcast and Conference Operator at the Office of Information and Communicati
Walter Dorn

UN Technology to Cope with COVID and Beyond

Today and into the future, technology will be used by good and bad actors, and the United Nations should be ahead of the technology curve.

Small-scale fishing boat off the coast of Malindi, Kenya. ©Nina Wambiji
Lazarus Ombai Amayo

Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Kenya’s Marine and Coastal Environment

With the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya’s coastal and marine landscape has changed in ways that were unimaginable just a few months earlier.

A small island in the sea. 6 March 2020. Photo by Loeng Lig on Unsplash
Karen Sack

Protecting Ocean Health Will Protect the Health of Humankind

We may not be able to gather to celebrate the ocean right now, but the global health crisis should sharpen our resolve to protect our blue planet.

Tepuy Kukenan in the Gran Sabana, Canaima National Park, Venezuela. ©Paolo Costa Baldi
Leo Heileman

Celebrating and Safeguarding Biodiversity to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Making our cities and rural areas more resilient and restoring degraded lands and forests will reduce our vulnerability to future zoonotic diseases and help mitigate climate change while maintaining our biodiversity, water supply and planetary health.

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

Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19

We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives. But this is much more than a health crisis. It is a human crisis. This report is a call to action, for the immediate health response required to suppress transmission of the virus to end the pandemic; and to tackle the many social and economic dimensions of this crisis.

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