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Australia 37th on SDG progress, COVID-19 response could help our future impact

Australia has moved up one ranking from 38 to 37 in the annual Sustainable Development Report which shows progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click here for Australia’s report. And while this shows we still have a lot of room for improvement, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia Chair John Thwaites says Australia’s strong response to COVID-19 […]

Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

UNHRC Video Screenshot Junior, a teenage youth activist from Côte d’Ivoire, speaks via videolink to the UN Human Rights Council about protecting the environment.     At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much. The rare and refreshing intervention came from 14-year-old activist Junior, who […]

FROM THE FIELD: Supporting Nepal’s migrants, as overseas work dries up

ILO/Marcel CrozetTwo workers on a construction site in Pokhara, Nepal.     Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the […]


On 26 June 1945, world leaders gathered in San Francisco to sign the Charter of the United Nations, bringing into operation a new system of international collaboration and governance. 75 years later, the UN will commemorate the Charter’s anniversary in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken the occasion […]