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July 2019
The new UN Chronicle website is coming soon. In the meantime, we will be featuring articles on the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, World Population Day, World Youth Skills Day, Nelson Mandela International Day and the UN Global Compact. 

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Cities and communities are 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.

The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth at the UN Youth Strategy Launch

Access to quality education is not only beneficial for young people but also for the world. 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.

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.

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

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.

Silatech beneficiary Laila Abdel Ghani, a Syrian Refugee in Turkey, received training through Silatech’s programme and learned the Turkish language, and was then able to find work in an embroidery factory. Now, she has a stable income that allows her to s

As a result of recent global developments, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, Silatech—an international development non-governmental organization that links youth with employment and economic opportunities—has maximized its efforts to safeguard youth against extremist ideologies through economic and social empowerment.

Mother and baby attend health fair in Ahua Village, Côte d’Ivoire.

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.

Attendees at ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019.

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.


"Non-Violence"   A gift from the Government of Luxembourg presented to the United Nations in 1988.

This essay is an attempt to propose a long-term approach to respond to this challenging dilemma: how to minimize—if not eliminate entirely—the use of physical and mental violence among humans.

Water Cooperation to Cope with Twenty-First Century Challenges

Current United Nations predictions estimate that the world population will reach 9 billion in 2050. The exponential growth in population and the more intensive use of water per capita are among the leading key drivers behind hydrologic change and its impact. It is a huge challenge on an already resource-limited planet to meet the various needs of the people, especially of those who already lack access to clean water.


Women and Agricultural Water Resource Management

The importance of involving both men and women in the management of water including agricultural water and ensuring equitable access to and control over water resources have been overwhelmingly recognized by the international community. The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action called for governments to promote knowledge and research on the role of women, particularly rural and indigenous women, in irrigation and watershed management and sanitation.


The Sustainable Exploitation of the Ocean’s Minerals and Resources

In contributing to the theme of the International Year of Water Cooperation, this article provides a perspective from a Pacific Small Island Developing State. In the context of the large body of water that surrounds Fiji and other Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a vital and long-standing concern has been the sustainable exploitation of the ocean's living resources and, more recently, the non-living or mineral resources.


Justice: What We Need in a Post-2015 World

"Look around us", instructed the village chief in Small Sefadu, a tiny community in the eastern reaches of Sierra Leone and home to some of the country's biggest diamond mines. Together we survey the scene: a cratered dirt road is punctuated by burned-out houses, which is a signature reminder of the marauding rebels who took over the town during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war.


The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law: A Platform to Promote Justice and Security in Conflict-Affected States

The challenges that national governments and the international community are facing in promoting the rule of law in the aftermath of conflict are immense: local communities expect their governments to establish justice and security immediately while also bringing back a sense of normalcy to their lives, and international donors expect that if they provide resources to governments and local non-governmental organizations, their investment will yield quick impacts and rule of law gains.


Rule of Law and Democracy: Addressing the Gap Between Policies and Practices

The Declaration adopted on 24 September 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly at the High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels reaffirmed that "human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and mutually reinforcing and that they belong to the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations".


Meeting the Challenges of Delivering Justice on the Ground

Around the world in the past decade, there has been a growing understanding of the importance of strong justice and security institutions in building stability and sustained economic development in conflict and post-conflict societies. As a result, we have seen rising demand for United Nations efforts to strengthen the rule of law in post-conflict and crisis situations.