Waterfall on the Upper Tana River in the Aberdares, which forms part of the water supply for Nairobi, Kenya. ©UN Environment Programme

Embracing adaptation and mitigation measures through water is a win-win-win proposal. It benefits sustainable water resources management and the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

A Plastic Patrol UK clean-up of Sheffield Canal in England, 2018. ©Andrew Hargraves Photography
Lizzie Carr

Reducing Single-Use Plastic Pollution: A Unified Approach

Organizations, partnered with the corporate sector and individual citizens at the local level, can significantly reduce plastic pollution around the world. 

Installation view of the exhibition "Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara". © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2020, photography by Anna-Marie Kellen.
Max Hollein

The Creative Dynamism of the Sahel

Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, examines—indeed celebrates—an important and relatively unfamiliar artistic legacy.

Vicuñas, an animal species endemic to the highlands of the South American Andes, were exploited to near extinction until they were listed in Appendix I of the CITES Convention in 1975. © Carolyn/Pexels
Ivonne Higuero

How Wildlife Conservation Can Benefit Sustainable Human Development

The work of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other major wildlife and biodiversity conventions shows that implementing a global framework for conservation can yield results for human development.

The University Teaching Hospital of Kigali, Rwanda, exterior. November 2019. ©Jennifer Oldfield
Jennifer Oldfield

The Problem of Lagging Data for Development—and What to Do About It

The promise of the data revolution has not been oversold, but the investment needed to build robust, validated models tends to be glossed over.

An arsenic-free water plant has been established in Sirajganj, Bangladesh, enabling students to access arsenic-free water. Previously, they had to rely on pond water, making them susceptible to disease. 5 May 2016. ©GMB Akash
Jaffer Machano

SDG 11 and the Crucible of Sustainable Development Success

One of the most overlooked drivers of sustainable development is local finance, particularly in the context of developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs). When you consider the actual practice or mechanics behind the achievement of sustainable development, it becomes immediately clear that local governance is essential.

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Reshma Saujani's nonprofit, Girls Who Code, is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. ©Girls Who Code.
Reshma Saujani

Closing the Gender Gap in Science and Technology

When I founded Girls Who Code, it was because I understood that STEM jobs had the power to lift entire families into the middle class and transform our modern-day technologies and economies.

Urban scene, United Arab Emirates. February 2016. Polona Mita/Pexels
Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Connecting Innovation and Culture for Cities of Opportunity

Ultimately, the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum will be an important milestone event in the lead-up to 2030. We intend to establish as its most lasting legacy the opportunity to transform advocates into participants and policy into practice. 

Abu Dhabi skyline. November 2014. Wadiia.
H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi

Building Urban Development Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Today, we see a great opportunity in the World Urban Forum to refocus priorities and exchange knowledge about innovative practices to advance the sustainable development of cities, not just locally but around the world.

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
Muzoon Almellehan

In the Darkness of War, Learning Gives Us Light

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.

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

UN Women Annual Report 2018-2019

This has been a year of reform and renewal. While some divides in opinion have sharpened, the hunger for gender equality and women’s empowerment has never been greater, with vigorous public debate, social mobilization and awareness-raising to transform social norms and strengthen accountability for the implementation of commitments. Persisting high levels of violence against women, economic exclusion and other systemic inequalities are of deep concern, galvanizing old and new partnerships in the drive for lasting solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report underlines why it has never been more important to get results for those who suffer multiple forms of discrimination, including LGBTI people, women and girls with disabilities, young girls in poor communities, women and girls in indigenous communities, and refugees and migrants.

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