Dawn Freshwater

Education During COVID-19 and Beyond: Commentary on the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief

As highlighted in the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond, there is an urgent need for action by all to ensure that the immediate disruption to education does not turn into a generational catastrophe.

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
María Fernanda Espinosa

Peace Is Synonymous With Women’s Rights

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.

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.