A look back at some of the noteworthy news developments that took place over the past year in the UN system

Video: UN News
3 January 2017
On his first day at UN Headquarters since becoming the head of the world body on 1 January 2017, Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to UN personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and addressed colleagues. "We must assert the value of multilateralism," he said in his remarks to staff. Later in the day, he met with a range of senior officials to discuss items on his agenda.
Audio: UN News
2 November 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya – a Muslim minority based in northern Myanmar for generations, who’ve been denied citizenship – have fled for their lives across the border.

Photo: MONUSCO/Alain Coulibaly
11 December 2017

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history.

Photo: UNICEF/Ma’ad Al-Zekri
2 December 2017

Top officials from across the United Nations system called on Saturday for the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift its blockade of Yemen's Red Sea ports, warning that unless commercial imports are resumed, “the threat of widespread famine in a matter of months is very real.”

Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage
21 September 2017
Nearly seven months after the United Nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, Secretary-General António Guterres warned today.
Photo: UNICEF/Al Shami
9 November 2017
While there had been a period of de-escalation in many areas of war-riven Syria – reducing human suffering to some extent – the fighting now seems to be returning to some of the “bleakest days” of the conflict, a senior United Nations official warned Thursday.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
20 November 2017
Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato
24 November 2017
Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world's deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing between 2000 and 2017, a United Nations report finds.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
5 October 2017

Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres designated education activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. The 20-year-old, who will be attending Oxford University, spoke to UN News about the need to increase investment in education, the importance of allowing girls to be who they want to be, and when it was that she discovered the power of her own voice and the purpose for her life.

Photo: UN Mission in Colombia
30 June 2017
Highlighting progress in the Colombian peace process, especially the completion of the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), the United Nations envoy for the country has called for shifting the momentum to other aspects of the historic peace deal.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
9 March 2017

Underscoring that the United Nations should not be, in any way, associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to such abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag.

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
20 September 2017
The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature today at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.
8 June 2017
The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”
UN Photo/Logan Abassi
13 October 2017
After 13 years, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will close its doors on 15 October. The Mission was established by the Security Council at a time when State authority had been weak and limited to parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, with the three branches of power either non-functional or non-existent, and a national police force that was overwhelmed by the multiple threats to public order and the rule of law.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
11 September 2017
The Security Council today unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country's textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports.
Video: United Nations
6 October 2017
Hear from UN chief António Guterres and Izumi Nakamitsu about why this win is important for a nuclear-free world.
Video: United Nations
7 October 2017
Stating he has never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one he witnessed in hurricane-ravaged Barbuda, Secretary-General António Guterres called for global solidarity to help people rebuild their lives.
Video: United Nations
19 September 2017
The UN General Assembly’s annual debate focused on peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. Here are the highlights from the opening day.
17 November 2017
The international community has been meeting in Bonn, Germany, for the past two weeks to tackle climate change. One year after the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, the annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an opportunity for nations around the world to show their ambition for climate action and their determination to keep their promises under the theme of “Further, Faster – Together.”