An outdoor excursion with Our Chalet, one of five World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting centres. Photo courtesy of WAGGGS
Anna Segall

Empowering Girls through Education and Volunteerism Can Lead to a More Sustainable Future

Girls who experience leadership when they are young are more likely to feel confident taking the lead as they mature. How leadership is presented, experienced, modelled and discussed has a big impact on the extent to which girls can see themselves as leaders or recognise and tackle gender bias.

Rhinoceroses in Namibia, 2016. Southern white rhinos in Africa are considered near threatened; black rhinos are critically endangered. Pixabay/kolibri5
Hazel Thornton

Ecosystem Restoration and Species Recovery Benefit People and Planet

 Ecosystem restoration offers the opportunity to effectively halt and reverse degradation, improve ecosystem services and recover biodiversity.

Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) (on computer screen, upper right), makes closing remarks on the final day of the virtual Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery (22-24 February 2022). Marcel Crozet/ILO
Guy Ryder

A Global Forum to Put People at the Centre of the Post-COVID-19 Recovery

There can be no real recovery from this pandemic without a broad-based labour market recovery. And to be sustainable, this recovery must be based on the principles of decent work—including health and safety, equity, social protection and social dialogue.

Under-Secretary-General Movses Abelian speaking with the President of the 76th session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, in the General Assembly Hall. Photo credit: UN DGACM
Movses Abelian

Linguistic Diversity: An Imperative for the United Nations

This year's observance of International Mother Language Day also occurs a few weeks after the launch of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022–2032) and provides a further opportunity to highlight the extent to which languages and cultures are intertwined and interdependent. Cultures find expression through languages, and they feed languages, nourishing and enriching them.

Sridhar Venkatapuram

Global Health Justice: Now Is the Time

The recognition of the social injustices surrounding the pandemic is an important opportunity to understand the longstanding links between health and social and global justice.

Artist impression, National Holocaust Museum of the Netherlands (interior). Image by Opera Amsterdam and Studio Louter, National Holocaust Museum
Emile Schrijver

Holocaust Museums Commemorate Victims and Provide Perspective for the Future 

In the summer of 2023, Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural Quarter will open the National Holocaust Museum in the former Teacher School and the Hollandsche Schouwburg. The new museum will not only deal with the history of the Holocaust proper, but it will also show the enormous effect that it had on Dutch society, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

Jukka Salovaara

Online Harassment Is Not Gender-Neutral

Only through collective action between governments, the private sector and civil society can we achieve a future where people can discuss societal issues online free of abuse, regardless of their gender.

A participant using his Braille keyboard during the special event "The Art of the Possible", on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations, New York, 3 December 2018. UN Photo/Manuel Elías
Martine Abel-Williamson

Taking Control of Our Right to Read

Now is the time for the United Nations and similar entities to make funding and capacity-building support available so that more scientists and even ordinary people can invest time into developing creative solutions.

Manufacturing of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine "Covishield" at the Serum Institute of India (SII). ©Gavi/2020
Richard Hatchett

Prepare to Prevent: Developing Pandemic-Busting Vaccines Against “Disease X”

Vaccines are at the heart of how modern societies counter infectious disease threats. They are our most potent tool against pandemic risks and will be critical to any future response. The faster an effective vaccine is developed and deployed, the faster an incipient pandemic can be contained and controlled. 

Brenden Varma

What I Learned in Iraq

Our message was that, although these elections were Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led, the United Nations was standing with Iraq every step of the way.

The Himalayas, Langtang National Park, Gosainkunda, Nepal, 18 December 2017. Photo: Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash
Salina Dolmo Lama and Ashita Gurung

The Mira Rai Initiative: Mountain Preservation and Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Nepal

In order to preserve our mountains and further develop sustainable tourism, it is equally important to manage natural and human resources.

Young girls in a child-friendly space supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in El-Gezira state, the Sudan, 2018. Photo: Fabienne Vinet
Virginia Gamba

Translating Hope into Action: 25 Years of Protecting Children from the Impact of Conflict

We have come a long way in ensuring that all children, including those affected by conflict, are better protected from the ravages of war. But we must do more.

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.