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

UN Photo/Kibae Park
15 Feb, 2018
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” said Princess Nothemba Simelela, the Assistant Director-General at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents.
UN News
08 Mar, 2018
The lack of access to proper hygiene was also what inspired the film’s producer, Twinkle Khanna, who encountered ‘period poverty’ while in boarding school. Ms. Khanna adapted the film from a short story she had written, “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land.” Ahead of the film’s opening on 9 February in theatres worldwide, UN News spoke to Ms. Khanna about menstrual health and the taboos which surround it, not only in India, but in all countries.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
21 Feb, 2018
The Principles outlined in the United Nations Charter remain the foundations of international relations and global harmony at a time when conflicts have come more complex, new threats and challenges have emerged and impacts of instability are felt far beyond their source, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.
UN in collaboration with Project Everyone
16 Feb, 2018
Countries need to strengthen the effectiveness of their tax regimes to unleash much-needed domestic resources to ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the promotion of inclusive economic growth, United Nations and as key international economic and financial organizations have urged.
UN Women
27 Feb, 2018
Jaha Dukureh, the first ever UN-Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa tells UN News that signs are clear that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage are on the way out.
UNAMA/Fardin Waezi
28 Feb, 2018
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday welcomed the Government’s renewed call for unconditional peace talks with the Taliban and expressed strong support for its vision for peace.
Cengiz Yar for UNMAS
14 Feb, 2018
Pehr Lodhammar, Senior Programme Manager for UNMAS in Iraq, tells UN News about the “industrialized” range of life-threatening explosives confronting families who are making their way back home.
UN Photo/Elma Okic
26 Feb, 2018
Warning that nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to make a reinvigorated push to rid the world of such weapons.
UN News
15 Feb, 2018
Gloria Browne-Marshall, a constitutional law professor and author, speaks to UN News about the status of people of African descent across the world.
FAO/Bill Ciesla
21 Feb, 2018
A future with zero net global deforestation is possible with the right mix of policies, social action and political will, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said as a major international conference on sustainable forest management kicked off this week in Rome.
David Longstreath IRIN
24 Feb, 2018
At a high-level United Nations regional consultation in Bangkok, senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific committed to empower rural women and girls, to lift their standard of living and combat structural barriers impacting their human rights.

1 March 2018