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

Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin
20 Apr, 2017
The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity. “Water use continues to surge at the same time that climate change – with increasing droughts and extreme weather – is altering and reducing water availability for agriculture,” said Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Climate Change and Natural Resources.
Photo: UNICEF/Sokhin
24 Apr, 2017
Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old – about 22 per cent of children in that age group – from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.
Photo: UNECE/Pierre Albouy
25 Apr, 2017
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is celebrating 70 years of bringing countries across the continent together to cooperate on a wide range of issues, including trade, transport, sustainable development and food safety, which impact the daily lives of its citizens.
Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank
20 Apr, 2017
Noting the lack of sufficient institutions to cater to the growing demand for higher education as well as increasing disparities in its access, the United Nations educational and scientific agency has presented a series of steps to make such education more equitable and affordable.
Video: UN News
24 Apr, 2017
Indigenous peoples from all over the world have gathered at UN Headquarters for the annual session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. As they mark the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, several participants highlighted some of the issues most important to their communities.
Photo: UNESCO/Giovanni Boccardi
17 Apr, 2017
Young people from around the world today joined United Nations staff and international dignitaries in Changsha, China, to show support for protecting and preserving the cultural heritage along the Silk Route.
Photo: UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya
27 Apr, 2017
United Nations agencies today introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of its annual 'International Girls in ICT Day' celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.
UN Video
20 Apr, 2017
In New York City, there are more than 5,000 “canners” who contribute significantly to recycling. Meet their monarch.
Video: UN News
27 Apr, 2017
There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.
26 Apr, 2017
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in December last year designating 26 April as the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, calling on countries to strengthen international cooperation to address and mitigate the consequences of the explosion.
Photo: UNICEF/Llaurado
26 Apr, 2017
Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
20 Apr, 2017
The ground-breaking, United Nations-backed International Finance Facility for Education is vital to ensure that half of the world’s children don’t miss out on the basic schooling needed to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
24 Apr, 2017
South Sudan may not have had much to celebrate about over the last three-and-a-half years of conflict but the United Nations mission in the country has been making an effort to put some smiles back onto the faces of people in the war-torn country.
UN Photo/Manuel Elias
19 Apr, 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations.
Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA
Nearly $1.1 billion
With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”
Photo: World Bank/Flore de Preneuf
21 Apr, 2017
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa was relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon.

27 April 2017