Waterfall on the Upper Tana River in the Aberdares, which forms part of the water supply for Nairobi, Kenya. ©UN Environment Programme
Inger Andersen

Improving Water Resource Management to Address the Climate Emergency

Embracing adaptation and mitigation measures through water is a win-win-win proposal. It benefits sustainable water resources management and the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

A Plastic Patrol UK clean-up of Sheffield Canal in England, 2018. ©Andrew Hargraves Photography
Lizzie Carr

Reducing Single-Use Plastic Pollution: A Unified Approach

Organizations, partnered with the corporate sector and individual citizens at the local level, can significantly reduce plastic pollution around the world. 

Hand, Bura-Asinda-Sikka, Niger, 3rd–11th century, Terracotta Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Niger (AC3 BRK 85). © Photo Maurice Ascani. www.photographe-niger.com.
Max Hollein

The Creative Dynamism of the Sahel

Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, examines—indeed celebrates—an important and relatively unfamiliar artistic legacy.

Vicuñas, an animal species endemic to the highlands of the South American Andes, were exploited to near extinction until they were listed in Appendix I of the CITES Convention in 1975. © Carolyn/Pexels
Ivonne Higuero

How Wildlife Conservation Can Benefit Sustainable Human Development

The work of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other major wildlife and biodiversity conventions shows that implementing a global framework for conservation can yield results for human development.

The University Teaching Hospital of Kigali, Rwanda, exterior. November 2019. ©Jennifer Oldfield
Jennifer Oldfield

The Problem of Lagging Data for Development—and What to Do About It

The promise of the data revolution has not been oversold, but the investment needed to build robust, validated models tends to be glossed over.

An arsenic-free water plant has been established in Sirajganj, Bangladesh, enabling students to access arsenic-free water. Previously, they had to rely on pond water, making them susceptible to disease. 5 May 2016. ©GMB Akash
Jaffer Machano

SDG 11 and the Crucible of Sustainable Development Success

One of the most overlooked drivers of sustainable development is local finance, particularly in the context of developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs). When you consider the actual practice or mechanics behind the achievement of sustainable development, it becomes immediately clear that local governance is essential.

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. 

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.