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

07 Nov, 2016
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as ‘COP 22,’ opened today in Marrakech, Morocco, just days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement which has now been ratified by 100 countries. “This conference comes within a climate of hope and of legitimate aspirations for all of humanity,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, Salaheddine Mezouar, who was elected today by acclamation as President of COP 22, formally the
UN Photo/Evan Schneider
04 Nov, 2016
Ahead of the inaugural World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, two survivors of the most devastating tsunami in recent history – a Czech supermodel and a member of the Spanish family featured in the film The Impossible (2012) – have joined the United Nations’ commemoration of the Day. “It’s like a concrete building, not water, falling on you,” Petra Nemcova, a 37-year-old fashion model and philanthropist, told the UN News Centre, describing the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004, which hit her and her partner in a bungalow on a Thai beach.
Photo: UNICEF/Christopher Herwig
10 Nov, 2016
Film star Liam Neeson has said that he was impressed by the strength and spark of the Syrian children after visiting the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan as part of his advocacy work as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. “Every person has a story of loss and of witnessing horrific violence that no one – least of all a child - should ever have to see,” said Mr. Neeson in a news release.
Photo: WMO
15 Nov, 2016
In a new report analyzing the global climate between 2011-2015, the World Meteorological Organization – the United Nations system’s weather agency – found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. This “hot and wild” weather meant that global ocean temperatures rose at unprecedented levels, Arctic sea ice coverage and mountain glaciers declined and surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet continued at above-average levels.
Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi
15 Nov, 2016
Using a venture capital approach – investing in companies with short track records but long-term growth possibilities – the United Nations Children’s Fund announced today the first five emerging market start-ups to which it will provide seed money to source solutions for issues like transportation, wearable technology, finance, and personal data.
Photo: Hans Andersen
17 Nov, 2016
In a world experiencing an overload of information, people need to practice deep thinking or philosophy, according to a representative from the UN's educational, scientific and cultural organisation- UNESCO. To commemorate World Philosophy Day which takes place annually on the 17th of November, the agency will host a twelve hour nocturnal event called "A Night of Philosophy."
UN Photo / Omar Abdisalan
07 Nov, 2016
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is mandated with many tasks in the east African nation as it continues to make significant strides in its peace process after two decades of lawlessness and conflict. These tasks include helping the Federal Government to promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment, promote child protection, prevent conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, and strengthen justice institutions.
Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy
17 Nov, 2016
It's necessary to "cling to every little sign of hope" in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity; that's the view of the head of UNMISS, the UN peacekeeping mission there. The country, which gained its independence in 2011 has suffered from conflict for almost three years.
UN Photo/Albert González Farran
10 Nov, 2016
Crisp uniforms and the jingle-jangle of brass filled the corridors. With them, came an extra sense of security that permeated United Nations Headquarters in New York this week. For the eleventh year running, erect posture and striding confidence was the daily modus operandi, as the Heads of United Nations Police Components amassed for UN Police (UNPOL) Week 2016, which runs from 7-11 November.
Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett
18 Nov, 2016
Harrowing stories are emerging from Mosul in Iraq of life under the ISIL terrorist group, four weeks into the campaign to retake the northern city. Some 60,000 people have been displaced so far, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency's Joel Millman has travelled close to Mosul.Daniel Johnson asked him what Iraqi people have been saying about life under ISIL.
UN Photo
11 Nov, 2016
“The police in the UN peacekeeping operations are there to assist the host country police,” says Priscilla Makotose, United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Police Commissioner, the highest-ranking female police officer in the UN system, appointed in March 2016.
Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano
17 Nov, 2016
At the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) participated in the launch of a ground breaking map of restoration opportunities to combat climate change in Africa, an area being called the ‘Great Green Wall.’ The map is based on a collection and analysis of land-use information in Africa’s drylands in order to improve resilience to climate change.
UN Photo
11 Nov, 2016
With 244 million international migrants nowadays, the world needs to rectify the current "toxic narrative" of migration, says the UN's migration chief, William Lacy Swing. In an interview with the UN News Centre on the heels of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, during which the International Migration Organisation (IOM) became a part of the UN family, Mr. Swing called on the international community to show political leadership in dispelling the misconceptions surrounding migration, as well as combatting the rising xenophobia in various parts of the world.
UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
17 Nov, 2016
Briefing the United Nations Security Council for the last time, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan called on the 15-member body to continue to accord priority to the country and to consider the future of its people in taking any decisions.
Photo: UNWTO
06 Nov, 2016
Recording an almost four per cent increase over the same period last year, the first nine months of 2016 witnessed 956 million international tourists travelling to different parts of the world, the United Nations World Tourism Organization said today.
UN Photo/Matt Wells
08 Nov, 2016
A new generation of sustainable bamboo houses that take just 20 days to build could be part of the answer to making cities more sustainable and resilient. That's the view of Oliver Frith, a director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, which showcased one of its new houses at the recent Habitat III conference in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.
Photo: UNDP
04 Nov, 2016
With the Paris Agreement on climate change entering into force today, famed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca are joining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund) to tackle climate change from a different perspective: sustainable cooking.

18 November 2016