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People protest for reparations for stolen land at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.
UN News/Laura Quiñones

2022 Year in Review: Amid global turmoil, UN doggedly pursues international climate agreements

Despite strong evidence that human activity played a role in catastrophic weather events, and the emergence of a fuel crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine, greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise. Nevertheless, the UN kept the climate emergency high on the international agenda, reaching major agreements on financing and biodiversity.

A health worker in Motema Pembe area prepares for a household decontamination in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WHO

2022 Year In health: New Ebola and cholera outbreaks, mpox emergency, COVID-19 ‘not over’

The UN warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a cause for global concern, and outbreaks of cholera, Ebola and Monkeypox (now renamed mpox) led to the mobilization of health and aid workers to contain life-threatening illnesses. The UN warned that the aim of eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030 was under threat, but a new vaccine raised hopes that malaria can be beaten.