plane flying into coronaviruses

ICAO has developed a new publication aimed at helping countries to address the aviation safety risks arising due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woman in a lab coat next to a man in a greenhouse

The Gender Social Norms Index released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in areas like politics, work, and education. 

Two girls in a crowd

We’ve Got the Power, a new report by UNAIDS shows the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. 

Girls going to school

UNESCO unveils a new fact sheet on girls’ education for International Women’s Day. Published as part of the #HerEducationOurFuture, the data focuses on the progress achieved over the past 25 years. It shows that girls’ enrolment rates in primary and secondary education almost doubling in low-income countries. But it also shows that the pace of change is not fast enough. At the present rate, getting every girl into primary school will only happen in 2050. 

Receding Jökulsárlón Glacier evolves into a lagoon in southeast Iceland

For more than 25 years, the annual State of the Global Climate Report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has informed us on significant weather and climate trends. It provides authoritative evidence of global temperature increase, including sea-level rise, shrinking sea ice, glacier mass loss and extreme climate events. This week, the WMO presents key findings for 2019, a year that concludes the warmest decade on record. 2019 not only had high-impact weather, it also averaged 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. 

A close up photo of a wooden chess set.

More than 935 million* workers have jobs that don't match their educational level. In low-income countries, employment is concentrated in low-skilled occupations requiring a lesser level of education and workers are more likely to be under-educated for their jobs. In high-income countries employment is concentrated more in occupations requiring higher skill levels, and workers’ under-education is less common. In high-income countries almost all workers in low-skilled jobs are over-educated. (*actual global figures are probably higher since the ILOSTAT data covers 114 countries).

mother and baby

No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet. The report, A Future for the World’s Children?, finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children. 

Opium poppy in Afghanistan.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will launch its 2019 Annual Report and Precursors Report on 27 February 2020 (11 am CET). The report this year has a special focus on improving substance use prevention and treatment services for young people. It also addresses global inequalities in access to pain medications and highlights the prominent role of cannabis among adolescents and adults. Regional developments, among them the opioid crisis in North America and the need to address the illegal drug economy in Afghanistan, are also covered. 

women participating in meetings

The Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Urban Planning and Design seeks to respond to these urgent questions: how might we design and plan cities that work well for everyone? What would such a city look like, and how would we go about creating it?

loading of truck

The mining sector, if carefully managed, presents enormous opportunities for advancing sustainable development particularly in low-income countries, the International Resource Panel says in its latest report

two kids studying in Benin

Inequality has risen to historical levels, according to the 2020 World Social Report. High inequality can impact economic prosperity and social development for millions of people if effective policies are not put in place. The report, “Inequality in a rapidly changing world,” to be launched at noon EST on 21 January, states that major global trends, including technological change, the climate crisis, urbanization and international migration, can be harnessed to reduce inequality, or can be left to further divide us. The briefing will be webcast live.

Construction workers in Egypt.

The World Employment and Social Outlook is the International Labour Organization’s flagship report on world of work issues, focusing on a different theme each year. The 2020 edition will be launched in Geneva on Monday, 20 January. The report analyses key labour market issues, including unemployment, under-employment, labour underutilization, working poverty, pay inequality, and factors that exclude people from the world of work. It includes some new projections, as well as revised estimates of the share of labour income going to the world’s workforce.

cover of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020

The report looks at major global and regional economic trends and indicators, and examines the prospects for sustainable economic growth in the face of rising financial, political, social and environmental challenges. The World Economic Situation and Prospects Report is the UN’s flagship publication on the state of the world economy. This year's edition focuses on the impact of the climate crisis, as well as the increasing political polarization and skepticism about globalization. Follow the global launch on 16 January at noon EST.

chart depicting national carbon pricing initiatives (as of 2019).

As this decade comes to an end, the world has seen progress on many fronts: the poorest countries have greater access to water, electricity, and sanitation; poverty and child mortality have fallen; technology has spread far and wide. But we’ve also broken the wrong kinds of records: more people were forcibly displaced than any other time in history; carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit an all-time high; biodiversity is declining at an accelerating rate. Here are 14 charts highlighting some achievements and challenges.

illustration of industrial chimneys

We are on the brink of missing the opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We need to close the ‘commitment’ gap between what we say we will do and what we need to do to prevent dangerous levels of climate change. Governments cannot afford to wait. People and families cannot afford to wait. Economies must shift to a decarbonization pathway now. Find out more in this interactive feature.