17 September | Young Leaders of Tomorrow | China

Interim UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi oversees the work of the organization in China, working closely with the government, civil society and others to facilitate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Phoenix Television talks to him about the role of young people in promoting sustainability.

18 September | Media and Sustainable Development | Japan

The UN Information Centre in Tokyo joins Miyuki Hokugo from Asahi Shimbun, Ryan Takeshita from HuffPost Japan, Yoshiko Kobata from Fuji TV and University of the Sacred Heart student Amane Sudo to discuss the media’s role in inspiring and scaling-up local action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

18 September | Climate Science | Mexico

The UN Information Centre in Mexico discusses all things nature - biodiversity, climate change conservation and sustainable development - with scientists Drs. Julia Carabias, Leonora Milán and Mario Molina (Nobel Prize laureate).

20 September | Women's Rights and Empowerment | Mexico

The UN Information Centre in Mexico talks to soccer player Kenti Robles (Real Madrid), Nadine Gasman from the National Women’s Institute, Rebeca Ramos from GIRE (sexual and reproductive health), and human rights advocate and journalist Soledad Jarquín about efforts to counter discrimination and empower women amid the pandemic.

26 September | Confronting Climate Change Emergency during COVID-19 | Nigeria

Desmond Majekodunmi from the Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative in Lagos; engineer Joanna Maduka from the Friends of the Environment and Bode Oluwafemi from the Environmental Rights Action speak to Esther Omapariola from TVC News about the need to continue fostering a low-carbon, high growth economic development path for a climate resilient Nigeria.


The main episodes will be live on The Stream's YouTube channel from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST. The daily Instagram live chats will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. All videos will be available on UN Web TV and SDG Media Zone websites the following day.

20 September  | UN at 75

The United Nations marks its 75th anniversary at a pivotal moment, with COVID-19 still spreading, geopolitical tensions rising, and the fight for racial, social and climate justice ever more urgent. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed talks about the road ahead as we embark on the Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals - the world's blueprint for equality - during one of the most challenges times in history.

21 September | Vaccines and Misinformation

As public and private sector experts and institutions come together to fast-track the development and equitable distribution of tests and treatments through the ACT Accelerator, we continue to grapple with the political, economic and social challenges brought about by the pandemic, including the growth and spread of harmful misinformation. Guests include the Founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project Dr. Heidi Larson; and Executive Director of First Draft News Dr. Claire Wardle.

22 September | Beijing+25

Twenty-five years ago, the world witnessed the adoption of the most progressive blueprint for women’s rights at a landmark conference in Beijing. Yet, in less than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened years of progress. Guests include Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; UN SDG Advocate and Actress Dia Mirza; UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi; and UNHCR's High Profile Supporter Mary Maker.

Instagram Live: UN SDG Advocate and Actress Dia Mirza

23 September | Pathway to Paris

There is a growing recognition for a green and sustainable economy in a post-pandemic world. Musicians Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon talk about how music and art have the power to inspire people to join the climate movement and turn promises made in Paris five years ago into action.

Instagram Live: Executive Director of UN Environment Programme Inger Andersen


All high-profile and curtain-raiser interviews will be available on UN Web TV, SDG Media Zone and UN News websites ahead of the respective conferences taking place during the UN General Assembly.

24 September | The World’s Hunger Pandemic

In June, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced a massive rise in the number of hungry people it plans to assist around the world, as the devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic push millions more into food insecurity. Guest: WFP Assistant Executive Director Valerie Guarnieri.

25 September | Displacement, Pandemic and Impact on Women

For people who are displaced staying at home to isolate themselves from the virus is not an option, says the UN Refugee Agency. The pandemic also continues to pose massive protection risks for women and girls forced to flee their homes. Guest: Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements.

28 September | Why Protecting Nature Protects Us

More than 1 million species are at risk of extinction and two billion hectares of land are currently degraded. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored that biodiversity loss and its unsustainable use increases the risk of disease spillover from wildlife to people. Guests: UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen and Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Mrema.

29 September | Live-saving Vaccines and Deadly Misinformation

Misinformation is a threat to public health - it can complicate and undermine outbreak response, erode public trusts in organizations leading the fight against diseases and lead to potentially life-threatening consequences. Guests: Director of Pandemic and Epidemic Disease at the World Health Organization Dr. Sylvia Briand and UN Under-Secretary-General, Global Communications Melissa Fleming.