Creating gender-inclusive digital economies requires inclusive tools, services and technical assistance. © Li Nan/

As the United Nations Catalytic Finance Entity for the World’s 46 Least Developed Countries, one of the critical tasks of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is supporting the creation of gender-inclusive digital economies. But achieving this objective calls for more than innovative tools and digital infrastructure. It requires a committed civil society, inclusive policymaking, and platforms that incentivize service providers as well as end users.

Storm clouds and lightning, Mykolaiv, Ukraine, 19 June 2021. From the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 2023 Calendar Competition. Yurii Bershadskiy/WMO
Petteri Taalas

The Future of Weather, Climate and Water across Generations

For the past 150 years, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services have collected and standardized data which underpin the weather forecasts we now take for granted. The history of WMO data exchange is a success story of scientific collaboration and coordination to save lives and livelihoods.

The population of the southern regions of Madagascar has historically suffered multiple deprivations, a situation that has become a humanitarian crisis due to the impact of El Niño. © UNICEF/Lalaina Raoelison
Gilbert F. Houngbo

Take Time to Reflect on Water

We need two things to happen at once: the United Nations must take the global lead on water as a critical issue, and water must be mainstreamed across all other intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development.

Ifigeneia Kontoleontos

Celebrating French, a Global Language Connecting, Mobilizing and Uniting People Towards a Sustainable and Just Future

La Francophonie brings together 88 States and Governments from the northern and southern hemispheres, united by a common language and values, and representing a melting pot of cultural diversity. Its members are deeply committed to multilateralism.

Elena Sam Pec takes a call on one phone while checking a text message on another in Puente Viejo, Guatemala, a mostly agrarian indigenous community that relies on wooden canoes to transport products and access services. UN-Women/Ryan Brown
Sima Bahous

Technology and Gender Equality—Bringing Women and Girls to the Centre of Innovation

Promoting gender equality in the realm of technology is indeed a matter of rights, but it goes beyond questions of justice. Women’s equal leadership in tech spaces will ensure that the technology of our future fosters sustainability and inclusion, not breakdown and division. 

Stéphane Jean

Supporting National Justice and Security Institutions: The Role of United Nations Peace Operations

While United Nations police, justice and corrections personnel represent less than 10 per cent of overall deployments in peace operations, their activities remain fundamental to the achievement of sustainable peace and security, as well as for the successful implementation of the mandates of such missions. 

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Dr. Nazek El-Atab, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent award in 2017. © l’Oréal Middle East
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

The Lack of Gender Equality in Science Is Everyone’s Problem

How will we tackle today’s daunting challenges—such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water stress, viral epidemics and the rapid development of artificial intelligence—if we cannot call upon all of our best minds, wherever they may be?

Chef Zubaida Tariq selecting pulses at a grocery stall at the famous Empress Market in downtown Karachi, Pakistan. 17 March 2016. © FAO/Asif Hassan
Qu Dongyu

Keeping the Spotlight on Pulses: “Roots” for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Pulses have a broad genetic diversity, from which the necessary traits for adapting to future climate scenarios can be obtained through the development of climate-resilient cultivars. Science, technology and innovation are critical to responding to this pressing need. 

Wetlands in Lunda Norte Province, Angola, 2017. Yolande Conradie/Unsplash
Musonda Mumba

Why It’s Time for Wetland Restoration Now to Secure a Sustainable Future

World Wetlands Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 75/317 of 30 August 2021, is celebrated on 2 February each year to raise awareness and increase people’s understanding of the critical importance of wetlands.

Debórah Dwork

Never Quite at Home: Holocaust Survivors’ Postwar Lives

This year, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme will explore how victims adjusted their ideas of home and belonging. It is an all too relevant subject in a world with more than 100 million refugees and forcibly displaced persons.

Chronicle Conversations

Chronicle Conversation: Stéphane Jean, 18 May 2022

In the context of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29 May 2022), the UN Chronicle talks with Mr. Stéphane Jean, a Judicial Officer and Coordinator in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, about his work and the Organization's renewed efforts to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes committed against peacekeepers, including the crime of murder.

Youth Issues

The UN Chronicle interviews youth environmental activist Aditya Mukarji

Lyubov Ginzburg of the UN Chronicle interviews fifteen-year-old environmental activist Aditya Mukarji on the problem of plastic pollution and the first-ever United Nations Youth Climate Action Summit. 22 September 2019, New York

Legacy Showcase

Vol. LIII No. 2 2016

Sport Aims for the Goals

It is well known that physical activity improves personal health and well-being, but the benefits of sport to society are less apparent. This issue of the Chronicle explores the ways in which sport can enable individuals and communities to build a stronger, more harmonious world.

New Technologies: Where To?
Vol. LV Nos. 3 & 4 2018

New Technologies: Where To?

This issue focuses on new technologies and their potential benefits for humanity as well as their expanding use in advancing the 2030 Agenda. It explores the promise of our digital age, while posing important questions about where these technologies are leading us, and how their misuse could also lead to increased inequality and conflict.

About the UN Chronicle

The UN Chronicle, produced by the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has served as the Organization’s flagship magazine since 1946, providing authoritative information and debate on the activities of the larger United Nations system. Learn more...

Construction of UN Permanent Headquarters in New York, 1 August 1950. UN Photo/ES