The President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, chairs the Assembly meeting on the impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 18 October 2018.
Juan José Gómez Camacho

Keeping Pace with an Accelerated World: Bringing Rapid Technological Change to the United Nations Agenda

Humanity is at a crossroads: we face both the opportunities and challenges of a range of powerful and emerging technologies that will drive radical shifts in the way we live. 

Cover of the first issue of the United Nations Weekly Bulletin, which later became the UN Chronicle.​
Maher Nasser


In response to changes in the publishing industry, the UN Chronicle, like many journals and periodicals, will now become a fully digital magazine following the publication of this issue. A fully redesigned UN Chronicle website will be launched by mid-2019. Like its earliest predecessors, it will offer original content that is varied, concise and updated regularly, and continue to highlight the SDGs and the work being done to achieve them. 

Secretary-General António Guterres launched Youth 2030, the United Nations Youth Strategy, at a high-level Event held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, 24 September 2018. Photo Credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo ​
Jayathma Wickramanayake

Transforming Youth Education to Support the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Educating boys and girls increases productivity and facilitates economic growth; knowledge about sanitation, immunization, nutrition and general health can save lives; quality education provides girls and boys with the skills they need to take on leadership roles at local and national levels, enabling them to take part in decision-making on matters that affect their lives and their communities.

A view of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America, host of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, taking place 26-28 August 2019. Wikimedia Commons/Garrett
Maruxa Cardama

Why You Should Not Miss the Opportunity to Engage in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

Cities and communities are the living laboratories where the challenges and opportunities that are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change become tangible.

Patricia, 23, arrived at the fair in Ahua Village, Côte d’Ivoire, knowing very little about contraception. But she was intrigued. "I do not want to have more children now because I do not have the means to support them," she said. © UNFPA WCARO
Natalia Kanem

The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All

Population policies today are about people, not numbers, and about the rights of individuals and couples to freely decide whether, when or how often to have children. But it has not always been this way.

Scene from 2019 Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. The theme of this year's Forum is “Youth: Empowered, included and equal”. April 2019, New York. 
Inga Rhonda King

The July 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: An Opportunity to Right-track Our Multilateral Engagement

More people are living better now than they were just 10 years ago. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, we know that many Governments are putting the SDGs at the centre of their development plans and are aligning their policies and institutions behind the Goals.

In Uganda, UN human rights officers work with the local authorities, including the Uganda Prisons Services, and the Ugandan Human Rights Commission to improve prison conditions in the Karamoja region. Sylvester Lotieng/OHCHR
Andrew Gilmour

The Nelson Mandela Rules: Protecting the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty

The Nelson Mandela Rules emphasize that the provision of health care for prisoners is a State responsibility, and that the relationship between health-care professionals and prisoners is governed by the same ethical and professional standards as those applicable to patients in the community. Moreover, the Rules oblige prison health-care services to evaluate and care for the physical and mental health of prisoners, including those with special needs.

Lise Kingo at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. Photo credit: Joel Sheakoski/UN Global Compact ​
Lise Kingo

The UN Global Compact: Finding Solutions to Global Challenges

While the United Nations needs to put the right plans and policies in place they will also need to cultivate partnerships with Governments, civil society and the private sector to harness the resources, innovative ideas and skills that we so desperately need to turn the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into a reality.


Chronicle Conversation: Stefan Schweinfest

In our inaugural Chronicle Conversation, the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest, explains how better data can lead to better lives, and introduces the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019.

Malnourished 7-month-old Saamatou Bangou eats ready-to-use therapeutic food, in the health centre in Secteur (Sector) 7, a division of Fada N’gourma, the capital of Est Region, Burkina Faso. March 2012. ©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin 
Henrietta H. Fore

Innovating for Children and Young People

Innovation and the rise of digital technology have forever changed how we work, interact with one another, and create and share information. Innovative technologies are also changing how we, at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are supporting children and young people around the world.

Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu

Closing the Technology Gap in Least Developed Countries

Tremendous technological leaps are being made, but the economic and social benefits remain geographically concentrated, primarily in developed countries.

Residents of Kasungu, in central Malawi, gather during a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology. The Government of Malawi and UNICEF are testing the use of drones for humanitarian purposes. 28 June 2017. © UNICEF/UN070228/Chisiza
Claire Melamed

The Race to Innovate for Development Should Not Leave Foundational Data Systems Behind

Data is everywhere, constantly being created by humans and machines across the globe. But as half of the world seems to be drowning in data, too many people and places are still invisible in the numbers that drive decisions.

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Government Policy for the Internet Must Be Rights-Based and User-Centred

The digital future is already here. As nearly every aspect of our lives becomes digitized, we must ensure that laws and policies are based on fundamental rights.

Successful deployment of 1KUNS-PF (Kenyan Satellite, selected as the first round of KiboCUBE) from the ISS Kibo Module, May 2018. ©JAXA​
Simonetta Di Pippo

Space Technology and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Since the very beginning of space activities in the late 1950s, the United Nations, through the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), has served as the venue for debating ventures in outer space, national endeavours, international space law and challenges to the way we conduct space activities.