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. 

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.

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”.

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.

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.