Reshma Saujani's nonprofit, Girls Who Code, is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. ©Girls Who Code.
Reshma Saujani

Closing the Gender Gap in Science and Technology

When I founded Girls Who Code, it was because I understood that STEM jobs had the power to lift entire families into the middle class and transform our modern-day technologies and economies.

Abu Dhabi skyline. November 2014. Wadiia.
H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi

Building Urban Development Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Today, we see a great opportunity in the World Urban Forum to refocus priorities and exchange knowledge about innovative practices to advance the sustainable development of cities, not just locally but around the world.

Urban scene, United Arab Emirates. February 2016. Polona Mita/Pexels
Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Connecting Innovation and Culture for Cities of Opportunity

Ultimately, the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum will be an important milestone event in the lead-up to 2030. We intend to establish as its most lasting legacy the opportunity to transform advocates into participants and policy into practice. 

Chaesub Lee

Standards Build Trust: How the International Telecommunication Union Supports Inclusive Sustainable Development

Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and frameworks for cooperation.

Chronicle Conversation with Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher recounts her experience as a Holocaust survivor, and describes her lifelong mission to educate people about the dangers of intolerance and the importance of love.

Grade four student, Phonsivilay Primary School, Meun District, Laos. December 2018. Global Partnership for Education (GPE)/Kelley Lynch (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Stefania Giannini

Championing Education for People, Prosperity, Planet and Peace

Leaving no one behind is not a numbers game, but one that calls for re-evaluating and reimagining what education means and provides. This year’s International Day celebrates precisely how learning can empower people, foster peace, build shared prosperity and protect a fragile planet.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan meets children at the temporary learning space set up by UNICEF and local education authorities in the main camp for displaced families in Mopti, central Mali.    20 August 2019. UNICEF/Keïta
Muzoon Almellehan

In the Darkness of War, Learning Gives Us Light

Education is the key to peace and prosperity, and the foundation of equality. Lack of education in many regions of the world is one of today’s greatest travesties and a major contributor to conflict, inequity and poverty.

A hospital electrician ensures maintenance of the solar panels at the Nkayi District Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. UNDP/Slingshot
Tracey Burton and Marcel Alers

Solar for Health: Five Ways Solar Power Can Make Universal Healthcare a Reality

As the race for universal energy access picks up pace, here are five ways renewable energy can help protect quality healthcare for the world’s poorest.

Nadia Murad details her fight against ISIL as part of a panel discussion on trafficking in persons organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). New York, 20 November 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
Nadia Murad

Seeking Justice and Dignity for Survivors

Impunity is complacency, and words without action inflict the same harm and suffering as the perpetrators of mass atrocities and sexual violence. All people are equal and entitled to the same human rights, and we must challenge the notion that certain groups matter more than others.

In Chongoene district in southern Mozambique, a local cultural group composed of three generations performs dances celebrating the launch of the Global 16 Days of Activism Campaign. 26 Nov 2019. UN-Women/Leovigildo Nhampule.
Krishanti Dharmaraj

The Global 16 Days Campaign: Taking on a Life of Its Own

The Global 16 Days Campaign is underpinned by feminist values, human rights principles and the belief that a world without violence is possible.

A nurse counsels a patient on viral load suppression at the City AIDS Center in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Photo credit: Hugh Siegel/ICAP. March 2018
​​​​​​​Anna Deryabina

HIV Epidemic Control in Central Asia Still Has a Long Way to Go

To achieve HIV epidemic control, countries in Central Asia will need to address fundamental factors that drive HIV transmission and impede the engagement of people living with HIV and key populations in effective prevention and treatment programmes.

DGC staff member Lonjezo Hamisi standing in front of the ancient Nubian pyramids in Meroe, northern Sudan (16 August 2019/Lonjezo Hamisi).
Lonjezo Hamisi

A Staff Member’s Reflections on Peacekeeping Deployment

Many prospective staff members envision serving at some point in their career in regions beset by the effects of war, injustice, poor governance and poverty, with the hope of easing the plight of the people most in need on the ground. 

Participants at a European Union/United Nations Spotlight Initiative high-level event: Progress and perspectives on eliminating violence against women and girls. New York, 26 September 2019. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Dubravka Šimonović

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Progress and Remaining Challenges

Women’s rights movements, and the implementation and evolution of the international women's human rights framework, resulted in an increased understanding that violence against women is gender-based, a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.

Mansoor, 12, watches the virtual reality documentary ‘Clouds over Sidra’ outside a UNICEF-supported Makani centre in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, near the Syrian border in Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. © UNICEF/Herwig
Fabrizio Hochschild

The Secretary-General’s Strategy on New Technologies

What we understand far less is what all these changes will mean for us socially, politically and psychologically: what they will mean for the relationship between citizen and State, for the conduct of conflict, for our economies, for our psyche and for our human rights.

Chronicle Conversation: Jean-Claude Guédon

Chronicle Conversation with Jean-Claude Guédon

The UN Chronicle discusses the future of scholarly communication and the 2030 Agenda with Jean-Claude Guédon, Professor of Comparative Literature (retired), University of Montréal, a leading proponent of open science.