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

Photo: UNHCR/Jiro Ose
14 May, 2017
The United Nations refugees and food relief agencies today urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan remains 86 per cent unfunded.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
15 May, 2017
Over the last six months, global economic progress has predictably picked up, but low-level growth in some regions has tempered efforts to meet globally agreed development goals, according to a new United Nations report launched today in New York.
Photo: EP
16 May, 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.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
16 May, 2017
From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood – the latest technological advances are converging to make the "unthinkable happen."
UN Video
14 May, 2017
17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biosphobia (IDAHOT). This year, the focus is families. There are an estimated 500,000 homeless youth in the United States. 40 percent of them identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). Here is a story of Kellen, enrolled in the Ali Forney Center, the largest community centre for LGBT homeless youth in the U.S.
UN Photo
14 May, 2017
Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today.
Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII
17 May, 2017
At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, according to the new UNICEF report.
11 May, 2017
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a memorial ceremony today in honour of five peacekeepers who lost their lives after their convoy was attacked in the south-eastern part of the country earlier this week.
Video: UN News
11 May, 2017
As Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Shamshad Akhtar leads an entity with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south, and covers a region that is home to 4.1 billion people, or two-thirds of the world’s population.
Photo/Florencia Soto
07 May, 2017
Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world's best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean as a little girl.
15 May, 2017
During his first working visit to Mali, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix met today in the capital, Bamako, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other senior Malian officials.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
15 May, 2017
A flurry of recent intolerant and provocative rhetoric has further damaged the trust between Kosovo and Serbia – a development that must be closely watched – though the situation remains generally stable, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo told the Security Council today.
Photo: UNICEF Nigeria
15 May, 2017
The 82 girls from Chibok, Nigeria, recently released by the Boko Haram terrorist group, have an "uphill road to climb" reintegrating into society, a UN expert has warned.
Photo: WHO/S. Hawkey
11 May, 2017
An Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed at least one person, the United Nations World health Organization (WHO) announced earlier today.
24 Apr, 2017
From Haiti, singing for peace – one remarkable man, travels the country sharing his message … and his music.
Photo: Zhao Yun
13 May, 2017
Speaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today drew comparisons between China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development.
Photo: FAO
11 May, 2017
The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.
Photo: UN Mission in Colombia
10 May, 2017
The opposition in Colombia has begun to lay down arms, a move welcomed today by the United Nations Security Council which recently visited the country to see the peace efforts first-hand.

18 May 2017