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. 47, No. 4, December

Achieve a Balanced Life, with Sports
When I was a child, the neighbourhood children would gather on the street in front of my house to play dodgeball. With the hot summer sun blazing down on our backs, we raced from side to side, bending and twisting, to avoid getting hit by the ball....
Adolescent Marriage Crossroad or Status Quo?
"it wasn't an option," murmured a thirty-two-year-old woman with a troubled face who wished to remain anonymous. I felt her emotions so strongly that wished I had a chance to change her life. "I was the oldest girl among my sisters," she said, "my...
Adolescent Sexuality
the question of one's sexuality transcends religious, racial, and cultural differences. Irrespective of skin colour, gender, gods worshipped, or how different cultures portray it, people everywhere explore their sexuality. Especially during adolescence,...
A Problem of Priority Not Scarcity
"A home of plenty: clothed and fed our sturdy children play; While other children cry for bread not half a world away."--Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith With the wealth of resources at the world's disposal, for this hymn above to represent the truth...
Are "Twittering" Youth Agents of Positive Change?
the United Nations World Youth Report 2007 stated that there are approximately 1.2 billion people--18 per cent of the entire world population--between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four living in the world. Youth is a powerful force for change and...
Commitment Is the Key
the world is on a deadline. The clock is ticking, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a global priority for governments. There is no doubt that the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS, global warming, and disarmament has received...
Commit to Love and Respect Our Planet
nearly every day on television or in the newspapers we see reports of natural disasters in different parts of the world, causing concern and alarm. Our planet is going through a most difficult time because mankind, in its eagerness to improve upon...
Dan Integrated Approach to Development: The Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals Lies in Sharing Resources, Opportunities, and Benefits, and in Ensuring That Those Who Wield Power Become Responsible and Accountable
every day is a new beginning for hope and betterment in the village of Charampa in Orissa state, India. On an ordinary day two years ago, at the crack of dawn, Lila, a mother of three, hurried to the village well. She went to draw water for her home...
Has Communication Become as Complex as the Devices Themselves?
"the Times They Are A-Changin'".(1) Or are they? I believe times have already changed. More than we could have imagined. Our ability to communicate has changed dramatically in the last twenty years, from the advent of the mobile phone to the proliferation...
Injecting Political Will
the Conference on Disarmament (CD)* has met in vain for years. After the successful negotiation of the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970 and, more recently, the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1992, the forum...
Let Countries Customize the MDGs
i believe it is unrealistic for any country to achieve all eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the target year. Moreover, the improvement in some MDGs may work to the detriment of other MDGs. The goal I chose to focus on is MDG 1,...
"My Child Shall Be Protected": A Former Child Soldier's Commitment to His Son
if a war breaks out, my child shall be protected," said Willson Khama as he lay dying from tuberculosis six years ago.(1) Willson was only thirty-five years old and had spent almost half of his life as a child soldier with a guerilla group in Liberia...
Our Body, Our Earth: Cree People's Connection with Mother Earth
i remember walking through the fields of the Canadian Plains on many occasions with my father. On one occasion, we were going to pick sweet grass blades that had pink roots and a distinctively sweet smell. I observed that, prior to my father picking...
Saving Water, Saving Lives
water is a basic necessity of life, and it may seem inconceivable to imagine living without it. But the stark reality is that many people around the world do. The availability of fresh water for drinking and sanitation poses an urgent and challenging...
Settle the Social Debt Owed to People
millions of children around the world face the uncertainty of accessing quality education and consequently are left without a choice in what they wish to do with their lives. The goal of making education universal provides a way for governments to...
The Gross Divide between the Rich and the Poor
i could not believe my eyes when I walked through the narrow dirt pathways between the hundreds of rickety tin shacks in the township of Khayalitisha in South Africa. A beautiful African girl, not much younger than me, wearing a pale pink skirt that...
Water, Our Life! A Group of High School Students Lead a Community Project on Water, Health, and the Environment in Kampala, Uganda
a team of girls from Gayaza High School in Kampala, Uganda, sat down to discuss water issues within the school and the surrounding communities with the deputy head teacher, Mr. Ddungu Ronald. Our teacher invited us to participate in a global environmental...
What about People Whose Concern Is Their Next Meal, Not Internet Connectivity?
the ripples from the invention of the Internet in 1989 continue to spread, with industrialized countries at the centre and developing countries at the periphery. But, an information gap remains between the two groups of countries. As a consequence,...
Youth Leaders Must Be Accountable
today, there are 1.5 billion people worldwide between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, with 1.3 billion living in developing countries (1)--the largest generation of young people the world has ever known. As a key population, youth should be meaningfully...
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