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.

A view of one of the classrooms with a partial roof at the “25 de Junho” School, located in Beira, Mozambique, an area where cyclones Idai and Kenneth hit just a few weeks apart in March and April 2019. Taken 8 July 2019.
Vera Songwe

Realizing a Climate-Resilient and Prosperous Africa

Unless ambitious steps are taken, then, the unfolding climate crisis poses an imminent existential threat. Without such action, it appears impossible for Africa to meet any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or achieve the transformational outcomes envisioned in the continent's Agenda 2063 and encapsulated in national development plans.

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Cathy Mulligan

Blockchain and Sustainable Growth

We are at a unique moment in history: our society is in transition from an industrial economy to one defined by a new set of technologies, ranging from digitalization to nanotechnology. Among the latest waves of digitalization is blockchain—a technology that many say promises to redefine trust, transparency and inclusion across the world.

GATSBII (Georgia Tech Service Bot with Interactive Intelligence) hands a research participant a medication bottle. Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 2011.  © KEITH BUJAK/ GEORGIA TECH NEWS CENTER
Rosa Kornfeld-Matte and Khaled Hassine

Two Revolutions: Digital and Demographic

The progressive digitalization of the world has an unprecedented impact on every sphere of our lives. Over the past 20 years, technology has permeated every aspect of modern society, and the use of digital technology, in particular, is becoming an integral part of our everyday lives. Many services and resources are now accessible only through digital means. Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will also radically transform our lives, including the concept of care of older persons.

Camila Gonzalez studying at home on a computer she received through Uruguay's "One Laptop per Child" Programme.  ©PABLO LA ROSA. 25 June 2009. ​
Liu Zhenmin

Frontier Technologies: A Window of Opportunity for Leapfrogging!

Imagine a world with no hunger, where every child attends school and no one dies from a communicable disease. This is not a utopian dream, but rather our collective vision for a society where no one is left behind. It serves as our guiding spirit—our raison d'être—as we work together towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

A solar data analyst at work in Kenya. ©Wikimedia Commons/DWALSH3​
Nanjira Sambuli

New Technologies and the Global Goals

Policy is just as important as innovation because the right policy environments will ensure the success of efforts to achieve the Global Goals, including those related to technology. 

Pulse Lab Kampala is working on a project to gauge via radio the quality of health-service delivery in Uganda, March 2017. ©UN Global Pulse
Robert Kirkpatrick and Felicia Vacarelu

A Decade of Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development

Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) are driving global changes in our society—from the way we communicate with each other to the forces that shape our economy and behaviour. The rapidly evolving capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) offer new opportunities to unlock the value of big data for more evidence-based decision-making that can accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Military robot. © FUTUREATLAS.COM
Amandeep Singh Gill

The Role of the United Nations in Addressing Emerging Technologies in the Area of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

It is only natural that advances in the intelligent autonomy of digital systems attract the attention of Governments, scientists and civil society concerned about the possible deployment and use of lethal autonomous weapons. What is needed is a forum to discuss these concerns and construct common understandings regarding possible solutions. 

3D Printer.© Pixabay
Izumi Nakamitsu

Responsible Innovation for a New Era in Science and Technology

Today we are at the dawn of an age of unprecedented technological change. In areas from robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to the material and life sciences, the coming decades promise innovations that can help us promote peace, protect our planet and address the root causes of suffering in our world. 

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

Foreword

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.