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UNITED NATIONS 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

A collage of images. A child using an earpiece to listen to translations, Secretary-General António Guterres laughing with a lady and peacekeepers, a helicopter in the field

Take a look back at the year 2017 through our news, photo, video and web coverage.

In Focus

Gregoria Cruz and her fellow recyclers process 400 kg of waste every day
State of Sustainable Development | UNDP

Gregoria Cruz doesn't just recycle trash, she re-imagines it. She's part of a seven-member team of women who each day collect about 400 kg of waste in Arequipa, Peru’s second biggest city. Countries everywhere are taking steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 goals set the course to transform our world by 2030. It’s still early days, but momentum is building. Here’s how countries and communities are leading the charge to speed up the progress.

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education
Comprehensive Approach to Sexuality Education | UNESCO

Close to 10 years after its first edition, a fully updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education has been  published by UNESCO. The guide advocates quality comprehensive sexuality education to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. It aims to assist education policy makers in all countries to design accurate and age-appropriate curricula for people aged 5 to 18+.

Holocaust
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

The theme of the 2018 Holocaust memorial ceremony is "Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility." The theme highlights the universal dimension of the Holocaust and encourages education on this tragedy so that future generations will firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

In the Spotlight

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett says that since becoming part of the UNHCR family in 2014, her work with refugees has left her “shaken and enriched.” In her role as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Blanchett has undertaken fact-finding missions to Lebanon and Jordan, to meet refugees and stateless people who have been displaced by the Syrian conflict. Ms. Blanchett launched a powerful video supporting UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign, highlighting the harrowing choices of refugees. She praised the UN Refugee Agency for providing a vital “moral compass” amid the global displacement crisis.

The UN System at Work

UNRWA is launching a global fundraising campaign to capture the large-scale commitment to keeping schools and clinics open throughout 2018 and beyond
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

UNRWA was established by the UN General Assembly to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency, which began operations on 1 May 1950, has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees. When it began its operations, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA services. UNRWA is launching a global fundraising campaign to capture the large-scale commitment to keep schools and clinics open throughout 2018 and beyond.

Goal of the week

SDG Goal 3 - GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Did you know?

Nine out of ten refugees are hosted by developing countries.
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea.  Find out more in Global Issues: Oceans and the Law of the Sea
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risk worldwide.  Find out more in Global Issues: Food.

Worth Watching


UN in Pictures

Night shot of Royal Bath
Michael Keating of UNSOM visits cave paintings at Laas Geel, Somaliland
Peacekeepers Prepare for Troop Withdrawal
Mr. Nazarbayev in conversation with Mr. Lavrov
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