Ghada Waly

Cooperation for Science, Health and Security Needed to Counter COVID-19 Impacts on World Drug Challenges

The theme for World Drug Day 2021—“Share facts on drugs. Save lives” focuses on the power of facts and science to inform approaches to drugs, from individual decisions to effective health and security interventions and policies.

Monument to A.S. Pushkin by M.K. Anikushin. Installed in 1959. Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. oraswet / pixabay
Lyubov Ginzburg

When Pushkin Comes to the Rescue: Multilingualism as a Principle for Harmonious Cooperation

This multilingual dedication to the genius of Russian literature marks Russian Language Day 2021, revealing the hope that Pushkin’s legacy will continue to bring people and nations together, while increasing interest in Russian history and culture. 


 La Trobe Reading Room in the State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Photo credit: Andrew Tan/Pixabay 
Kyriakos Kouveliotis

The "Global Degree" Proposal: A New Institutional Model for Higher Education

The development of a Global Degree as a new educational structure and mode could address current inadequacies as countries and students confront new challenges. This new norm would help make learning more targeted, flexible, current and applicable.

A Buffalo Bicycle rider goes the distance in rural Malawi. Photo by World Bicycle Relief
Alisha Myers, Jessica Hall, Leah De Vos and Lena Kleine-Kalmer

The Value of Cycling as an Accelerator of Sustainable Development

Bicycles could help nearly a billion people living in rural areas at risk of being left behind because education, healthcare, markets, and other critical services are simply out of reach.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Biodiversity is Key to Building a Sustainable Future for All

The benefits and cost effectiveness of working with nature extends to other domains—including food and water security, and climate change. Fortunately, this is becoming better understood, as people start to realize the importance of biodiversity for their own health, well-being and prosperity.

Vehicles experiencing a breakdown or an emergency can stop in the emergency lane; these lanes may themselves present risks to traffic. Wikimedia Commons.
Joëlle Auert and Meleckidzedeck Khayesi

The Role of the United Nations System in Improving Road Safety to Save Lives and Advance Sustainable Development

This article examines how the United Nations system is working to improve road safety throughout the world, and how safer roads can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Protest connected with speed cameras, outside the High Court in London, 2003. Photo courtesy of the author.
Brigitte Chaudhry

Road Deaths and Injuries Shatter Lives: The Impetus for Lower Speeds and Serious Post-Crash Response

Enforcement, investigation and legal response ought to become an integral part of road crash prevention work to finally achieve a shift from the current unacceptable carnage.  

Still shot of actor Subir Banerjee from the film "Pather Panchali" (1955) by Satyajit Ray. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)
Sundeep Bhutoria

Humanism and Hope: The Legacy of Film Director Satyajit Ray

Individual struggle for the collective good was often a Ray leitmotif. As he once put it, “I too am an activist—as an artist. That’s my way.”

Herbie Hancock, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), performs at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters. 30 April 2011. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
Herbie Hancock

Reflections on 10 Years of International Jazz Day

By inviting everyone at all levels of society to participate and share their culture with the world through jazz, we recognize and give shape to their inherent dignity and equality. 

Judge Joan E. Donoghue, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), presiding at public hearings held on 15 March 2021.
Joan E. Donoghue

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice

While there are many aspects of international law on which jurists of all stripes can be expected to agree, we must acknowledge that there is no single, homogenized answer to many legal questions that arise in international disputes. 

Volunteers from Chitkara University (center) pose with students of the government school in Tahu Village in the State of Punjab, India, during a book distribution event, part of the 3R Campaign 2030, 4 March 2021. Photo courtesy of Chitkara University.
Asif Ayoob

Managing Plastic Pollution: Could University Campuses Serve as Vectors of Change?

The Sustainable Development Goals, having evolved from the fundamental principle of “leave no one behind”, should follow the same principle in developing initiatives at the grass-roots level.

Mr. Gianni Infantino, President, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), 14 September 2020. ©UNIS Vienna/Nikoleta Haffar (CC BY 2.0) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Gianni Infantino

Sport Can Help the World Come Back Stronger

As it has done before, football, the most popular sport in the world, will play a central role in bringing communities together.

United States Youth Poet Laureate Meera Dasgupta.
Meera Dasgupta

"Remembrance": A Poem by the United States Youth Poet Laureate

Poetry is slow and requires patience. It is not a luxury; it is meant for all. Claim poetry for yourself and know that if you choose to wield it, you may well change the world.

Rainforest view, 23 July 2019. Kanenori from Pixabay
Mette L. Wilkie

Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-Being

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration provides an opportunity to galvanize support for the restoration of degraded forest landscapes on a massive scale, thereby increasing ecological resilience and productivity, and contributing to many of the SDGs.

Boys playing in a stream, 6 March 2016. Photo by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay.
Kelly Ann Naylor, Michela Miletto and Richard Connor

The Value of Water and Its Essential Role in Supporting Sustainable Development

Recognizing, measuring and expressing water’s worth, and incorporating it into decision-making, are fundamental to achieving sustainable and equitable water resources management and the Sustainable Development Goals.