Meetings Coverage

Summaries of official meetings and events at UN Headquarters and overseas conferences.

18 October 2017

New Public Information Chief Calls Multilingualism Priority for Department, as Fourth Committee Begins General Debate

Describing multilingualism as essential for the dissemination of United Nations information, the Organization’s new information chief said it was a priority for the Department of Public Information,...

18 October 2017

Intra‑Palestinian Agreement Ends Decade‑Long Divide, Giving Reason for Cautious Optimism, Senior Official Tells Security Council in Debate on Middle East

Despite the overall negative trajectory that had characterized the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict for far too long, there were reasons for cautious optimism, the Assistant Secretary-General for...

18 October 2017

Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to Close by Year’s End, Residual Mechanism Will Assume Remaining Workload, Its President Tells General Assembly

After 24 years of ground‑breaking work in the fight against impunity, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia would close its doors by end of year, having “blazed a trail of...

18 October 2017

Highlighting Ways to Stop Weapons Flowing into Vulnerable Regions, Delegates in First Committee Call for Stricter Export Controls

Stemming the steady flow of conventional arms into vulnerable regions required proper export controls and improvements in the implementation of existing instruments, delegates told the First...

18 October 2017

Rapid City Expansion Unsustainable, Delegates Say, Urging Swifter Implementation of New Urban Agenda, as Second Committee Takes Up Human Settlements Programme

Accelerated efforts to address rapid urbanization would be necessary in implementing the New Urban Agenda and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, delegates said today, as the Second...

18 October 2017

Civil Society Vital to Protecting Human Rights while Fighting Terrorism, Ensuring Judicial Independence, Experts Tell Third Committee

Civil society had a crucial role to play in protecting human rights while countering terrorism, and in assuring the independence of judges and lawyers, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and...

Press Releases

Press releases from the main United Nations bodies, as well as offices and departments of the Secretariat.

18 October 2017

Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

18 October 2017

Building Free Trade Area, Unleashing Young People’s Capacity Would Make Africa ‘Powerful Player’ in Global Economy, Says Deputy Secretary-General

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at Africa Week 2017, in New York today:

18 October 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Kirkuk

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President François Delattre (France):

18 October 2017

Make ‘We the Peoples’ Reality by Transcending Differences to Overcome Increasing Conflicts, Inequality, Secretary-General Says in Message for United Nations Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for United Nations Day, to be observed on 24 October:

17 October 2017

Pursue Ambitious Emissions Reduction, Climate Financing to Make Paris Agreement Reality, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses at Pre-Conference of Parties Event

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the pre-Conference of the Parties Dinner, in Nadi, Fiji, today:

17 October 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in Paktia, Ghazni and Kabul on 17 October, which resulted in more than...