A look back at some of the noteworthy news developments that took place over the past two weeks in the UN system
15 April, 2016

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
18 Nov, 2016
The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior United Nations official said today, lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action – and more funding – to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all. “The statistics almost defy belief. What is even harder to understand is why: why men prey on women and girls; why societies shame the victims, why governments fail to punish deadly crimes, why the world denies itself the fruits of women’s full participation,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a UN Women-hosted Orange the World event at UN Headquarters in New York to raise money to end violence against women and girls, and kick off 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida
30 Nov, 2016
Global partnership is needed to end discrimination and violence against the worldwide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a United Nations human rights expert has told an international conference in Bangkok, Thailand, outlining five key steps that should be taken.
Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie
22 Nov, 2016
Global information and communication technologies data released today by the United Nations agency responsible for ICT shows that the world is more connected than ever, but also reveals that many are still not using the Internet, and most do not fully benefit from its potential.
UN Photo
29 Nov, 2016
On 23 July 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan. As she comes to the end of her tenure, Ms. Løj stressed, in an interview with UN News Service, the importance of clinging “to every little sign of hope” in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity.
UN Photo
28 Nov, 2016
Around the world, people with intellectual disabilities are too often feared and shut away. From Paraguay, we bring you the story of Julio and Jorge - once behind bars, now free. But how many others are still living inside the labyrinth.
21 Nov, 2016
As part of a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, the UN appointment of astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘United Nations Champion for Space.’
UN Photo/Elma Okic
01 Dec, 2016
With the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s devastated city of Aleppo deteriorating by the day, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country appealed for a pause in fighting so that much needed relief can reach the city’s population and those with urgent medical emergencies can be evacuated.
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
30 Nov, 2016
Highlighting the challenges to human rights around the world, the United Nations human rights chief called on the international community to act collectively for the common good and to do “everything possible” to prevent the situation from deteriorating.
UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata
26 Nov, 2016
Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.
Photo: Runa A.
30 Nov, 2016
Space technology is more than sending rockets and astronauts into orbit. It is also about issues that are important here on Earth, such as access to health care, education and even non-stick frying pans. That's the opinion of a lecturer and researcher at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. Rayan Iman from the university's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering attended a recent forum in Dubai which explored how the global space community can support development efforts. The event was co-organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates.
Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel
27 Nov, 2016
The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded today in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,' with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.
Photo: Emmanuel Berrod
23 Nov, 2016
Global innovation is soaring as the 2015 edition of a United Nations agency on intellectual property report reveals that 2.9 million patent applications lodged worldwide – a 7.8 per cent increase over the previous year.
UN Radio Photo/Daniel Dickinson
01 Dec, 2016
HIV-positive women face more discrimination than men with HIV according to a young activist from India. Lalchhuanzuali was at the UN to talk about the problems facing young people with HIV, especially in accessing vital services. She represents Youth LEAD, an NGO which works with people up to the age of 27 who are considered to be at high risk of catching the virus.
UN Photo
24 Nov, 2016
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Director Simonetta Di Pippo reflected on the High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development after the successful adoption of Dubai Declaration, saying that the forum was held at the right moment. She also highlighted that space activities improve day to day life.
UN Photo
02 Dec, 2016
Do you think it's possible to create just a single litre of rubbish in a year? Zero waste activist Béa Johnson has been doing just that for the last decade, with the help of her very own 5R formula: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rot. She's been giving a talk about her sustainability crusade at the UN in Geneva.
01 Dec, 2016
Issuing a year-end update to its flagship economic and social development report, the United Nations development arm for the Asia-Pacific region said today that resilient domestic demand and policy support supported the region notch a steady growth rate of five per cent but warned that risks remain to financial stability.
UN Photo/Loey Felip
22 Nov, 2016
Thursday, 17 November 2016, presented an uncomely anniversary for the inhabitants of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, located about 400 kilometres north of Baghdad. It was one month since the Battle of Mosul began, with Iraqi government forces under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seeking to recapture the city from ISIL, also known as Da’esh. The extremist group has held control over the city for more than two years now, subjecting civilians there to despicable atrocities and untold suffering. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and the head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMI) was at the UN headquarters recently to brief the Security Council about the situation in Iraq. After the briefing, he spoke to UN News Service, where he began by describing the situation on the ground, and the Mosul’s liberation campaign.
Photo: Julia Wallace/IRIN
29 Nov, 2016
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm over reports of serious rights violations in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state that cite allegations of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and sexual violence, and a renewed spike in hate speech – including on social media.

5 December 2016