Martha Helena Lopez

Calling the United Nations System to Action on Disability Inclusion

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we must challenge ourselves to push beyond our historical focus on gender and geography. We must address the inclusion of other underrepresented groups more intentionally in our workforce, including persons with disabilities.

Toily Kurbanov

Overcoming Barriers to Inclusion through Volunteerism

Leaving no one behind is not an empty mantra; it is a statement of our collective responsibility and accountability.

A young girl at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, 17 March 2020. Photo: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Renata Samuels

Strengthening Family Relationships Improves Children’s Well-Being

Given all the additional challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we should recognize and focus on the need to strengthen and mend family relationships. 

Oil well fires rage outside Kuwait City in the aftermath of the 1990-91 Gulf War. 21 March 1991. David McLeod, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Carl Bruch

Integrating Security into Sustainable Development to Build More Peaceful Societies

The development of conflict-sensitive approaches highlights how sustainable development can be made more effective through a consideration of peace and security. 

On International Women’s Day 2017, an international student conference organized jointly by Model UN New Silk Way, Kazakhstan, and MUN PAMIR, Afghanistan, featured a special session dedicated to gender issues. 8 March 2017. Photo by Rafis Abazov
Rafis Abazov

Education in Afghanistan: Decades of Progress Provide Hope for the Future

Despite numerous challenges and obstacles, which are far greater now than prior to the events of August 2021, there are still many ways for the international community to help education move forward in Afghanistan.

Three classmates in Bangladesh read together from a children’s book provided by the non-profit organization Room to Read.
Geetha Murali

On Our Path to Global COVID-19 Recovery, We Must Focus on Literacy

As we find ourselves in the greatest education crisis of our generation, literacy interventions can act as an antidote to the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Reconstruction in Beira, Mozambique, two years after Tropical Cyclone Idai. June 2021. Photo by Chris Huby for UNDRR
Mami Mizutori

A World in Crisis Needs International Cooperation

Despite the clear evidence that investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR) brings great benefits, only a small fraction of international cooperation is being channeled to support such efforts.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
Michele Nealon

The Pandemic Accelerant: How COVID-19 Advanced Our Mental Health Priorities

There is no health without mental health, and we must address physical and mental wellness in equal measure.

Judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2021. ITLOS Photo
Albert Hoffmann

Celebrating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Our oceans have never played a more significant role in all spheres of human life and endeavour as they do today. It is only through sound governance of the oceans that we will continue to reap the benefits of this common good while preserving it for generations to come.

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Tawfik Jelassi

Advancing Universal Access to Information within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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 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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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”.