UN Year in Review 2015 looks back at ‘pivotal year’ for international community

23 December 2015

The year 2015, in which the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary, was “pivotal” – in the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – marked by major achievements, including the adoption of a long-term global sustainable development agenda and crowned by the UN climate conference which committed every nation on Earth to do its part in combatting global warming.

But it was also marked worsening crises around the world, including the Syrian civil war and the refugee flows it caused, the worst outflow in Europe since the Second World War, and the conflicts in Libya, Yemen, South Sudan and elsewhere.

These, combined with the long-term scourges of poverty and hunger, have prompted the UN to seek a record $20 billion in humanitarian aid for the coming year.

The “UN Year in Review 2015,” produced by the UN Department of Public Information, takes a look at the milestones and challenges that marked the past 12 months.

United Nations – Year in Review 2015 Credit: UN Department of Public Information

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