UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan meets children at the temporary learning space set up by UNICEF and local education authorities in the main camp for displaced families in Mopti, central Mali.    20 August 2019. UNICEF/Keïta

Education is the key to peace and prosperity, and the foundation of equality. Lack of education in many regions of the world is one of today’s greatest travesties and a major contributor to conflict, inequity and poverty.

Grade four student, Phonsivilay Primary School, Meun District, Laos. December 2018. Global Partnership for Education (GPE)/Kelley Lynch (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Stefania Giannini

Championing Education for People, Prosperity, Planet and Peace

Leaving no one behind is not a numbers game, but one that calls for re-evaluating and reimagining what education means and provides. This year’s International Day celebrates precisely how learning can empower people, foster peace, build shared prosperity and protect a fragile planet.

A hospital electrician ensures maintenance of the solar panels at the Nkayi District Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. UNDP/Slingshot
Tracey Burton and Marcel Alers

Solar for Health: Five Ways Solar Power Can Make Universal Healthcare a Reality

For too long, a lack of reliable power has prevented people in remote and rural communities from accessing the healthcare they need, when they need it. As the race for universal energy access picks up pace, here are five ways renewable energy can help protect quality healthcare for the world’s poorest.

Nadia Murad details her fight against ISIL as part of a panel discussion on trafficking in persons organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). New York, 20 November 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
Nadia Murad

Seeking Justice and Dignity for Survivors

Impunity is complacency, and words without action inflict the same harm and suffering as the perpetrators of mass atrocities and sexual violence. All people are equal and entitled to the same human rights, and we must challenge the notion that certain groups matter more than others.

In Chongoene district in southern Mozambique, a local cultural group composed of three generations performs dances celebrating the launch of the Global 16 Days of Activism Campaign. 26 Nov 2019. UN-Women/Leovigildo Nhampule.
Krishanti Dharmaraj

The Global 16 Days Campaign: Taking on a Life of Its Own

The Global 16 Days Campaign is underpinned by feminist values, human rights principles and the belief that a world without violence is possible.

A nurse counsels a patient on viral load suppression at the City AIDS Center in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Photo credit: Hugh Siegel/ICAP. March 2018
​​​​​​​Anna Deryabina

HIV Epidemic Control in Central Asia Still Has a Long Way to Go

To achieve HIV epidemic control, countries in Central Asia will need to address fundamental factors that drive HIV transmission and impede the engagement of people living with HIV and key populations in effective prevention and treatment programmes.

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DGC staff member Lonjezo Hamisi standing in front of the ancient Nubian pyramids in Meroe, northern Sudan (16 August 2019/Lonjezo Hamisi).
Lonjezo Hamisi

A Staff Member’s Reflections on Peacekeeping Deployment

Many prospective staff members envision serving at some point in their career in regions beset by the effects of war, injustice, poor governance and poverty, with the hope of easing the plight of the people most in need on the ground. 

Participants at a European Union/United Nations Spotlight Initiative high-level event: Progress and perspectives on eliminating violence against women and girls. New York, 26 September 2019. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Dubravka Šimonović

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Progress and Remaining Challenges

Women’s rights movements, and the implementation and evolution of the international women's human rights framework, resulted in an increased understanding that violence against women is gender-based, a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.

A round-table meeting taking place during the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations Headquarters, New York, 14 June 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Leaving No One Behind: A Chronicle Conversation with Gopinathan Achamkulangare

Persons with disabilities should have a representative voice, chosen by persons with disabilities themselves, in every platform that has an impact on their interests, for they are best positioned to identify their own needs and the most suitable policies for meeting those needs. In the United Nations system, such deliberative platforms are the meetings and conferences convened.

A resident of Dabeiba, Colombia, is gifted a football at a match between former FARC-EP combatants and members of the Colombian Armed Forces, organized by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. 19 June 2018. UN Photo/Jennifer Moreno Canizales.
Anantha Duraiappah

Is Kindness the Secret to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

A call to action for global youth to increase and celebrate their acts of kindness is a powerful counterstroke to the daily dose of negative news and information we receive through our media platforms.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher recounts her experience as a Holocaust survivor, and describes her lifelong mission to educate people about the dangers of intolerance and the importance of love.

Watch and listen as the children of New York City Public School 22 perform a new song--"A World of Peace"-- co-written by Inge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2IkIHp9Cbo


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

STEPPING UP: Refugee Education in Crisis

This report tells the stories of some of the world’s 7.1 million refugee children of school age under UNHCR’s mandate. In addition, it looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning after secondary education, and highlights the need for strong partnerships in order to break down the barriers to education for millions of refugee children.


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