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

UN News
12 Jul, 2017
The World Heritage Committee wrapped its 41st session today having inscribed 21 new sites on the United Nations cultural wing’s World Heritage List – locations ranging from the site of iconic ancient ruins in south-western Turkey to a district of stunning mountains and mirror lakes in England.
Photo: UNICEF/Vishwanathan
10 Jul, 2017
Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have an early and unintended pregnancy, the United Nations education agency said today, launching a new technical paper with recommendations for the education sector.
UN News
12 Jul, 2017
Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs.
Photo: ESCAP/Yusuf Ahmad
11 Jul, 2017
Despite an impressive track record, the Asia-Pacific region will need to scale up development efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the target envisioned, the United Nations development arm for the region has said.
Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
30 Jun, 2017
A top United Nations official today urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact.
Photo: WMO
05 Jul, 2017
In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world.
Photo: ITU
05 Jul, 2017
Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency today reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime.
UN Photo/Kim Haughton
30 Jun, 2017
Recognizing the efforts of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in promoting peace, stability and development, the UN Security Council today marked the closing of the mission by underscoring the importance of action by the Government to address the remaining challenges in the country for the benefit of all Ivorians.
UN Photo/Martine Perret
06 Jul, 2017
In an interview with UN News, Izumi Nakamitsu the new United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs underlines that the work done in disarmament negotiations and discussions is an important part of the political solution to conflict. It helps decrease tensions, create space for dialogue and build trust and confidence.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
03 Jul, 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria.
Photo: UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore
08 Jul, 2017
As South Sudan enters its sixth year of independence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling the situation in the country “a catastrophe for children” and cautioned that they are being denied a childhood in nearly all aspects of their lives.
Photo: Jutta Benzenberg/ World Bank
11 Jul, 2017
Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today.
Photo: UN Photo/ Manuel Elias
10 Jul, 2017
The Security Council today decided to establish a new United Nations political mission in Colombia that will succeed the current one and will shift from monitoring the disarmament of former combatants to verifying their political, economic and social reintegration.
Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden
13 Jul, 2017
The liberation of Mosul has marked an “important milestone” in the global fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), the United Nations Security Council today, welcoming the announcement by Iraqi authorities that the city has been freed of the terrorist group.
Photo: IFAD/GMB Akash
06 Jul, 2017
Rising prices of cereals, meat and dairy products have pushed the global food price index up by 1.4 per cent compared to last month and 7.0 per cent compared to last year, the United Nations agriculture agency has said.
Photo: UN News/Matt Wells
14 Jul, 2017
Religious leaders from around the world are coming together at UN Headquarters on Friday to launch a new action plan aimed at preventing future genocide, marking the culmination of two-years of consultations, led by the head of the UN Office on Genocide Prevention, Special Adviser Adama Dieng.
Photo: Julia Wallace/IRIN
11 Jul, 2017
Women belonging to different religious minorities in the restive Rakhine State in Myanmar are mending fences as they learn to read, write and sew, the UN said on Friday. The project, supported by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, promotes peaceful co-existence through vocational training classes. It's based in the town of Maungdaw, where media reports say Rohingya Muslims suffered a "brutal crackdown" at the hands of the local police.

14 July 2017