UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, December

Advancing the Global Health Agenda
In just over two decades, global health has gained a political visibility and status that some authors have called a political revolution. As health related issues have become a centre piece of the global agenda, significant resources in development...
A Quiet Diplomat for Challenging Times
Ban Ki-moon was appointed to a second five-year term as Secretary-al of the United Nations in his typical style: quietly. In a time of divisive power plays in the Security Council, all 15 members supported him and, a week later, the General Assembly...
Climate Finance Putting the Puzzle Together
After the disappointment of the much-heralded 2009 Copenhagen Accord, the 2010 Cancun Agreements were considered to have achieved progress, because an agreement was reached to establish the Green Climate Fund in order to scale up the provision of long-term...
Human Rights and the UN Progress and Challenge
Enduring structural improvements in human rights are very difficult to achieve. Global indices suggest that the world is little different today from a decade ago. In 2002, Freedom House, a non-governmental organization in the United States, recorded...
If You Want the Peace of the Dead, Prepare for Nuclear War
The world faces two existential threats: climate change, and nuclear Armageddon. Action on both is required urgently. Tackling the first will impose significant economic costs and lifestyle adjustments, while tackling the second will bring economic...
Improving UN Responses to Humanitarian Crises
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the creation of the United Nations and documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide Convention, the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, and their Additional Protocols, as well as concepts...
Rejecting Ageism and Supporting The: Human Rights of Seniors
When the UN Chronicle asked the Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS/NY) on the eve of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's second term in office to contribute to an issue devoted to looking at what the United Nations can do in the...
Sustainability Agenda in Retrospect and in Prospect
MIXED PICTURE IN RETROSPECT Ata time when mega crises in economic activities, social life, and natural environment are becoming "the new normal" for mankind, it is only wise to search for a way out of this new normal by taking an integrated approach,...
The Dilemma of Democratization in Fragile States
Conventional thinking juxtaposes democracy and dictatorship as mutually exclusive systems. It is often assumed that when one system collapses, it is replaced by the other, as if this was the natural order of things. Some theorists, such as Francis...
The Global Dividend for Maximum Impact (GDM-I): Advancing Women for Global Equity and Innovation
Imagine for a moment meeting a young girl in Afghanistan or Eritrea, walking to primary school in the morning. She tells you that she loves school; she tells you with enthusiasm that she wonders what is out there in our galaxy. You can see that she...
The UN Role and Efforts in Combating the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons a Jamaican/CARICOM Perspective
The proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in various parts of the globe continues to pose a systemic and pervasive threat to the long-term social and economic development of many nations, particularly in small developing states. No...