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

Photo: Tran Vinh Nghia/UNDP
29 May, 2017
Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015. SDG 14 on conserving and sustainably using marine resources is the springboard for the Ocean Conference, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June. The meeting is especially relevant to Caribbean countries, Juan Miguel Diez, Director of the UN Information Centre for the region tells UN News.
Photo: Kelvin Trautman
02 Jun, 2017
An ultra runner who does not particularly enjoy running recently completed 40 marathons in 40 days to raise awareness about the global goal of providing all people with clean water and sanitation by 2030.
Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark
28 May, 2017
Stamping out tobacco use can save millions of lives and combat poverty, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today and spotlighted for the first time the ways in which tobacco affects human well-being from an environmental perspective – caused by production, distribution and waste.
Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao
25 May, 2017
The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources. Conserving the marine environment is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to achieve a more just and equitable world for all people and the planet by a deadline of 2030.
Video: UN News
21 May, 2017
“Peace operations are at a crossroads. Our task is to keep them relevant with clear and achievable mandates, and the right strategies and support,” the Secretary-General told a Security Council meeting last month on the subject of peacekeeping, calling on the Member States for for political support and as well as for professional and committed personnel. In this context, UN News spoke to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the new Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, on the current peacekeeping work and challenges.
Photo: MINUSMA/Harandane Dick
22 May, 2017
More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers serving around the world will be honoured this month as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May. This year’s theme – “Investing in peace around the globe” – resonates powerfully and personally with the military, police and civilian UN staff deployed in the field, often in places where peace has yet to be found.
Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito
29 May, 2017
Seventy-four-year old 'Grandpa Oyster' Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, who lost his oyster farm when the deadly tsunami strck north-east Japan in March 2011, speaks to UN News on how forest and marine environments are interlinked to marine. Mr. Hatakeyama is the president of the non-profit organization “Mori wa Umi no Koibito” (The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest), whose activities focus on reforestation and environmental education. He was also one of the recipients of the UN Forest Hero Award in 2012.
Video: UN News
29 May, 2017
Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.
Photo: FAO/Zakir Hossain
31 May, 2017
A new agreement aimed at stopping rogue fishing practices represents the capstone of years of diplomatic effort to combat the scourge of illegal fishing, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.
UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina
30 May, 2017
Ten years on, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (SPC) continues to bolster peacekeeping operations by providing immediate start-up capability and strengthening police components with timely support, advice and assistance.
Photo: UNDP Nepal/Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
22 May, 2017
As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by 2020.
Photo: WHO
21 May, 2017
The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.
Photo: UNDP
06 Jun, 2017
To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.
Video: UN News
22 May, 2017
Over the years, disasters – including earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones – have not only taken a heavy toll on human lives, but have had an immense impact on development efforts owing to the enormous economic losses resulting from them. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.
Photo: UNICEF/LeMoyne
05 Jun, 2017
As more than 90 countries prepare to mark Father's Day later this month, prominent figures in sports and entertainment have joined 'Super Dads,' a campaign launched today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that celebrates a father's essential role in a child's early cognitive development.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
04 Jun, 2017
With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability.
Photo: FAO
30 May, 2017
As a little girl, Sylvia Earle, today perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean. “I got knocked over by a wave on the New Jersey Shore when I was three-years-old and the ocean got my attention,” says the veteran oceanographer, who after decades at the forefront of ocean exploration, has also earned the sobriquet ‘Her Deepness.’
Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao
24 May, 2017
The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources. Conserving the marine environment is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to achieve a more just and equitable world for all people and the planet by a deadline of 2030.

8 June 2017