2016 Year in Review

The year 2016 was a challenging one for the international community, with the conflict in Syria worsening despite efforts to end the fighting, escalating violence and insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen, and a five million increase in the number of refugees worldwide.
A look back at some of the noteworthy news developments that took place over the past year in the UN system
Since the new-look homepage of the United Nations was launched in April 2015 it has featured more than 250 weekly stories in the In Focus, In the Spotlight and UN System at Work sections.
Nancy Groves, UN Social Media
With an average of 10 to 15 tweets per day and additional posts on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, it’s impossible to come up with a “best of” list when it comes to United Nations social media posts originating from the Secretariat-managed accounts. But as December winds down, we’ve taken a look back at the last 12 months and are happy to share some notable highlights — in no particular order — from our work.
UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
2016 brought both shocking news and signs of hope. Refugee and humanitarian crises gripped the world's attention. Hurricane Mathew left thousands displaced. Meanwhile the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force. Efforts were made toward peace in Colombia, Yemen, and elsewhere. An end to the Cuban embargo drew closer. And the UN appointed António Guterres as its new Secretary-General to lead as it strives to meet the myriad challenges we face as a world community.