María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, visits a humanitarian/development project on resilience and livelihoods in the IDP host village of Matafo, Bol, Lake Chad region, Chad, 5 May 2019. UN Photo

This year’s International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September, should start by honouring all the lives that have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Peace is not only the synonym of harmony, security and well-being, but also a product of equality and non-discrimination. Peace, as we understand it, simply cannot exist if we exclude the welfare of women and girls, who comprise half of the world’s population.

Nenad Bach. Photo: Risha Cupit
Nenad Bach

World Peace in One Hour

Protecting the existence of all species, sustaining life on Earth, exploring outer space, tackling disease and mortality, solving the pollution problem, coexisting with the environment, electing more women to leadership positions and creating real freedom that includes true private property: world peace is a prerequisite for all of these objectives.



Rauf Salem, a volunteer, instructs children on the right way to wash their hands, in Sana'a, Yemen.  Photo: UNICEF/UNI341697
Mark Lowcock

Everybody Wins When We Help Fragile Countries Fight COVID-19

The economic cost of inaction is huge: countless millions more people being pushed into extreme poverty, decades of development progress lost, and the shadow of a generation’s worth of tragic and exportable problems looming.

People registering for COVID-19 rapid testing in Hanoi, Viet Nam. 18 April 2020. Photo: Truyền Hình Pháp Luật/Wikimedia Commons
Kamal Malhotra

Game-Changers in Viet Nam’s Successful COVID-19 Response

Viet Nam’s successful management of the COVID-19 outbreak so far can be at least partly attributed to the country’s investment during “peacetime”—the period prior to the pandemic. The country has now demonstrated that preparedness to deal with infectious disease is a key ingredient for protecting people and securing public health in times of pandemics such as COVID-19.

Vladimir Voronkov

Standing in Solidarity with Victims and Survivors of Terrorism in the Era of COVID-19

Despite the good progress we have made in recent years in advocating for victims of terrorism, much work remains to be done by Member States to ensure victims’ needs and rights are adequately prioritized.

In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche, then Director of the Trusteeship Division of the United Nations Secretariat, was named Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in recognition of his work as Acting United Nations Mediator in Palestine. New York, 1 September 1950. UN Photo
Lyubov Ginzburg

The Virus of Racism: An Enduring Dilemma for Humanity

As is often the case, dedicated humanitarians, their legacies, intentions and influences are destined to converge at some point.

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Yoshiro Tanaka

In an Era When Doing Nothing Is Risky, Humanity Must Be Prepared

Diversification and globalization are excellent engines for realizing the sustainable development of our global society; for colleges and universities, they must function as an excellent strategy to develop human resources that will open up the future of the uncertain world.

A Black Lives Matter protest in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 June 2020. Photo: Life Matters from Pexels
Njabulo S. Ndebele

Nelson Mandela and Black Lives

The fact that the Black Lives Matter movement has found powerful resonances in many parts of the world in the wake of George Floyd’s killing indicates that we are not alone.

Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations, addresses the High-level Video Conference on "The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19",12 May 2020. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Omar Hilale

The Need for a Strengthened Multilateral Approach to Confront COVID-19 and Other Global Challenges

The tectonic waves of this pandemic aroused global reactions, while being sometimes uncoordinated, and jolted the multilateral system.

Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice, speaks on the first day of a hearing before the Court. 10 December 2019, The Hague, Netherlands. UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf

The Charter of the United Nations After 75 Years: Personal Reflections

Few would contest the enduring value and strength of the Charter as a normative instrument, even after 75 years of existence. Its purposes and principles have acquired a universal character unprecedented in human history.

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

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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.

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