At a time when we are all trying to find efficient solutions to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more essential than ever that we put forward universal access to information as a key pillar to building back better with resilient and inclusive knowledge societies capable of achieving sustainable development.

The UN Secretary-General's Youth Envoy launches a Peacebuilding Fund-supported project to strengthen the participation of young women in local and national peace processes, 27 January 2020. Source: Peacebuilding Fund, South Sudan.
The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and the United Nations System Staff College

The Centrality of Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes

When young people engage and interconnect within all three layers of negotiations—inside, around and outside the room—they have more positive influence in the development of agreements than if they are simply provided a seat at the table.

Yeshihareg Nega provides skin-to-skin care to her preterm baby at Felege Hiwot Hospital in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 25 March 2021.
Helga Fogstad

Unsafe and Disrespectful Health Practices Continue to Harm the Most Vulnerable Women and Newborns

Providing respectful care means meeting the needs of communities and individuals, and taking women’s views and preferences into full account.

"Missing", a memorial monument by Goran Stojčetović, dedicated to the victims and missing persons of the Kosovo and Metohija armed conflict (1998-1999), Gračanica, Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia. Image provided by author.
Milica Kolaković-Bojović

The United Nations Response to Enforced Disappearance—No Victim Left Behind

The universality of ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and continuous awareness-raising should be seen as the most powerful preconditions of an efficient fight against enforced disappearance.

Photo credit: Kat Jayne/Pexels
Silke Albert

Survivors Can Play a Key Role in Combating Human Trafficking

It is high time that we take to heart the wisdom expressed in the theme of this year's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and let “victims’ voices lead the way”.

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash.
Ozark Henry

In the Fight to End Human Trafficking, Let Survivors Lead the Way

We must listen to survivors who managed to escape their abusers and successfully found their way back into society, as they can provide us with unique insights into this crime.

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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem visits a mother and her newborn in the maternity ward at Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 17 May 2021. ©UNFPA/Luis Tato
Natalia Kanem

In Times of Baby Boom or Bust, Reproductive Rights and Choices Are Still the Answer

The global population has been growing for hundreds of years at a rate that has dipped and recovered with booms and busts. To focus solely on inconstant waves pushed and pulled by forces that are often out of our control is to lose sight of the shore, of the human rights that are our solid ground.

Agricultural land in Indonesia. Photo by Pexels/Julien Pannetier
Ann Penny and Sandra Harding

Celebrating the International Day of the Tropics—Towards a Better Global Future

Armed with appropriate training and investment, tropical countries will be able to leapfrog traditional development pathways towards a more sustainable future.

Chronicle Conversations

A Chronicle Conversation with Fernanda Maciel and Tina Muir, 10 August 2021

The UN Chronicle speaks with elite runners Fernanda Maciel and Tina Muir about their passion for running and #TheHumanRace campaign to urge world leaders to honour their pledge to contribute $100 billion annually for climate action in developing countries.

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

OUR COMMON AGENDA Report of the Secretary-General

Our Common Agenda is designed to strengthen and accelerate multilateral agreements – particularly the 2030 Agenda. It presents the Secretary-General's vision on the future of global cooperation through an inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.

About the UN Chronicle

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