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.

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.

A round-table meeting taking place during the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations Headquarters, New York, 14 June 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Leaving No One Behind: A Chronicle Conversation with Gopinathan Achamkulangare

Persons with disabilities should have a representative voice, chosen by persons with disabilities themselves, in every platform that has an impact on their interests, for they are best positioned to identify their own needs and the most suitable policies for meeting those needs.

A resident of Dabeiba, Colombia, is gifted a football at a match between former FARC-EP combatants and members of the Colombian Armed Forces, organized by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. 19 June 2018. UN Photo/Jennifer Moreno Canizales.
Anantha Duraiappah

Is Kindness the Secret to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

A call to action for global youth to increase and celebrate their acts of kindness is a powerful counterstroke to the daily dose of negative news and information we receive through our media platforms.

In Finland, school children are learning to incorporate pulses—a group of edible legumes—into their diets. In Jyväskylä, Finland, students took a protein tasting quiz organized by the Finnish Environment Institute. ©Childrens’ Parliament of Jyväskylä.
Eeva Furman and Minna Kaljonen

Sustainable Diets Enhance Progress on All Sustainable Development Goals

The sustainable food system transformation requires an understanding of global food security issues, as well as innovations for contextual solutions that are creative enough to link the various SDGs together. 

Through a grant from UN-Women, Partenariat Recherches Environnement Medias has taught women in Katfoura, Guinea, how to plant the vitamin-rich moringa tree and how to clean, dry and sell its leaves. 10 November 2015. UN-Women/Joe Saade.
Venge Nyirongo

Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Road to 2030: Agency for Climate Action

In spite of the observable economic restraints, rural women continue to be instrumental in adapting to and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

After fleeing heavy fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), thousands of Internally Displaced Persons receive rations of emergency food aid distributed by the World Food Programme. Agok, Sudan. 21 May 2008.
David Beasley

The Path to Peace Starts with Food

A toxic mix of conflict, regional instability and the impact of climate change is halting the progress we have been making towards ending hunger around the world. Unless we commit ourselves to a better path, millions more will be hungry and the places they call home will become even more dangerous.

Courtenay Rattray, Samantha E. Power and Anaitee Mills

Moving from Climate Talk to Climate Action

For small island developing States (SIDS), climate change is not an abstract concept, but a force already affecting individual lives, coastal communities, ecosystems and economies.

A group of graffiti artists (all young women) painted orange murals in Zone 18 in Guatemala City in support of UN-Women and the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women. Guatemala City, Guatemala. 2 December 2018.
Alaa Murabit

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

Essentially, when women are equally represented in politics, they have a clear and measurable impact on health, economy, security, safety and equality, which leads to more inclusive, sustainable and democratic policies that benefit everyone.