Part of the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic is a renewed awareness of the importance of human interactions, including in the workplace.  Photo: fauxels/Pexels

Conceptual and strategic thinking, creativity, problem-solving, empathy, optimism, ethics, emotional intelligence and judgment are the future-proof skills and attributes that machines will not be able to replicate with the same standards and agility as qualified human beings.

Experts at work in the OPCW Laboratory, located in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. The Laboratory will move to the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology in The Hague when it opens in 2023. 31 October 2016. OPCW
Fernando Arias

All Stakeholders Have a Role to Play in Ridding the World of Chemical Weapons

The process of destroying chemical arsenals declared to OPCW will soon be completed. However, current global events have underscored that preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons is on an agenda that will remain open forever.

Children in Namarjung, Western Development Region, Nepal, 2017. Rebecca Zaal/Pexels
Michael Herrmann

The Global Population Will Soon Reach 8 Billion—Then What?

Meeting the needs and lifting the living standards of a large and growing world population will require higher levels of production and result in greater consumption. Without green reforms in energy, manufacturing and transport, as well as changes in human behaviour, this will place mounting pressures on the natural environment.

Tuna purse seine vessel recovering its net. © TM-Tracking
Duncan Copeland

Collaboration and Capacity-Building to End Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

With fish stocks and marine ecosystems under ever-increasing pressure from human activity, clamping down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has never been more important.

Research sailing vessel Sea Dragon using a Manta Trawl to collect ocean plastics during an eXXpedition mission to the North Pacific Gyre in 2018. eXXpedition/Jen Russell
Emily Penn

Navigating Our Way Towards a Plastic-Free Ocean

Plastic pollution doesn’t know political or cultural borders. We all share one planet, and global problems transcend all boundaries, which means the solutions need to as well.

Dr. Asha de Vos, founder and Executive Director of Oceanswell, the Sri Lanka-based marine conservation research and education organization, working at sea with members of her team.
Asha de Vos

Equity in Marine Conservation: How Local Efforts and Global Partnerships Together Can #SaveOurOcean

While significant efforts and investments are focused on increasing the scale and improving the effectiveness of marine conservation globally, less effort has been put into operationalizing social equity in and through the pursuit of marine conservation. Without equity, there can be no success.

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Peter Thomson

Let’s Halt the Ocean’s Decline This Year

There are many solutions that can help restore the ocean’s health, but they will require action—action from world leaders as well as everyday citizens from all parts of society. Our planet cannot be healthy without a healthy ocean, and the ocean is increasingly unwell.

Expanding access to affordable transportation via bicycle can empower women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. World Bicycle Relief
Susan Bornstein

Bicycles Are Accelerating African Women on the Pathway Out of Poverty

A number of convergent trends have brought renewed interest in the potential of the bicycle to empower women and girls, reduce poverty and improve health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Roxana Widmer-Iliescu

Digital Technologies Can Help Older Persons Maintain Healthy, Productive Lives

Work, education, leisure, socializing and so many other activities take place in the digital space—wouldn’t we want to continue accessing all of the benefits of such technology as we get older?

In Tachilek, Myanmar, a throng of students returns home after morning classes at the town’s Basic Education School, which is forced to operate in shifts due to a shortage of classroom space. 2011, UN Photo/Kibae Park
Daniela Bas

Urbanization and Families

Sustainable urbanization with affordable housing, featured in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, is foundational to family formation and family life, impacting the health and well-being of family members.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Stéphane Jean, 18 May 2022

In the context of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29 May 2022), the UN Chronicle talks with Mr. Stéphane Jean, a Judicial Officer and Coordinator in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, about his work and the Organization's renewed efforts to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes committed against peacekeepers, including the crime of murder.

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

Vol. LIII No. 2 2016

Sport Aims for the Goals

It is well known that physical activity improves personal health and well-being, but the benefits of sport to society are less apparent. This issue of the Chronicle explores the ways in which sport can enable individuals and communities to build a stronger, more harmonious world.

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.

Latest Reports

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022

The global economic recovery is facing significant headwinds amid new waves of COVID-19 infections, persistent labour market challenges, lingering supply-chain challenges and rising inflationary pressures. After expanding by 5.5 per cent in 2021, the global output is projected to grow by only 4.0 per cent in 2022 and 3.5 per cent in 2023, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2022.

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