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ACRONYM Publication Series

We are excited to launch the third volume of our journal, ACRONYM, which features thought-provoking articles and dialogues on current United Nations topics, written by experts from various parts of the UN community. Peaceful Societies: An Essential Element of Sustainable Development focuses on the inextricable relationship between peace and development and the importance of ensuring peaceful societies in the UN's upcoming Sustainable Development Goals. 

Along with a special message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, featured contributors include leaders from the UN, governments, academia and civil society, such as:

  • Amina J. Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga, former president of Sri Lanka
  • Sofia Mesquita Borges, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations
  • Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International
  • Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
  • Thomas Pogge, Professor and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale University. 

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Vol 2: No 1

What will happen after the MDG deadline is met in 2015? The second issue of ACRONYM focuses on the theme of the post-2015 development agenda. This issue features contributions from key actors involved in the process, representing voices from government, civil society, the private sector, the UN and youth. In addition to a special message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, authors Helen Clark, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Alicia Yamin, Paul Polman and Alicia Crawford give unique and varied insights into this multi-dimensional and global process.  

Read another take on the Youth perspective on the Post-2015 process in an article by Sonia I. Preisser here

Vol 1: No 1

This issue of ACRONYM focuses on UN reform, featuring the article “Can We Fix the United Nations?”, by Thomas G Weiss, author and presidential professor of political science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Watch the webinar here and read WFUNA's Storify story.   


The idea behind ACRONYM is to provide the “UN insider” perspective. It aims to be the publication that gives public voice to the conversations happening over coffee at Headquarters cafeterias in New York, in the winding corridors of the Palais in Geneva, and in the field, at the country offices of UN agencies. ACRONYM aspires to complement these viewpoints with those of United Nations Associations leaders and members, the wider NGO sector, academia, youth activists, corporate and philanthropic partners, the scientific community, and all others who share our invested interest in the United Nations. Written by and for the wider UN community, ACRONYM is a publication for the global citizen.

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