The Week in Review

UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

22 June 2017 – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters.

Global narcotics market 'thriving;' range of available drugs diversifying at alarming pace – UN

22 June 2017 – Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in “problematic use” and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to report out today from the United Nations drugs and crime agency.

World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates – UN

21 June 2017 – The world population is now at least 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion last year, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe – the United Nations today reported.

As crises multiply, UN revises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world

21 June 2017 – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world reach record levels, United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid appeal to $23.5 billion – up nearly 6 per cent from the original $22.2 billion announced late last year.

Protection of civilians in Syria must be ensured, stresses UN chief Guterres

21 June 2017 – Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Violence and persecution uprooted record 65.6 million people in 2016, UN reports

19 June 2017 – Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency today reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.

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