It’s not hyperbole to say that the accelerating climate emergency, which is getting closer to spiraling out of control, is the most serious crisis that humanity has faced in its entire history.
As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone.
The number of older persons, those aged 60 years or over, has increased substantially in recent years in most countries and regions, and that growth is projected to accelerate in the coming decades.
New HIV infections have fallen by 35% since 2000 (by 58% among children) and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42% since the peak in 2004.
The United Nations, since its inception, has been actively involved in promoting and protecting good health worldwide.
Leading that effort within the UN system is the World Health Organization (WHO), whose constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.
Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life.
Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born.
The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million AIDS-related deaths since 2000.
The UN family has been in the vanguard of this progress.