Meetings Coverage

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

26 April 2017

Indigenous Speakers in Permanent Forum Decry Governmental Abuse of Traditional Lands, Natural Resources, Urge Respect for Self-Governing Systems

Calls demanding respect for traditional lands, resources, knowledge and cultures rang through the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today, with participants from the North Pole to New Zealand...

25 April 2017

Marking Declaration’s Tenth Anniversary, General Assembly Highlights Achievements, Challenges of Implementing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights on National, Global Stages

Senior United Nations officials joined representatives of the world’s indigenous communities and Member States today as the General Assembly marked the tenth anniversary of the Declaration on the...

25 April 2017

Department Must Continue to Disseminate Factual, Impartial Information, Delegates Stress as Committee on Information Continues 2017 Session

Against a backdrop of spiking extremism, proliferating “fake news” and an increasingly fragmented global media space, the Department of Public Information must continue to disseminate factual,...

25 April 2017

Governments Must Uphold Commitments, Prevent Reversal of Hard-Won Gains, Speakers Tell Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Fearing a rollback of achievements in implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, speakers appealed to Governments to uphold commitments protecting the rights of...

25 April 2017

South Sudan Peace Process Not Dead, But Needs ‘Significant Resuscitation’, Secretary-General’s Special Representative Tells Security Council

While the political process in South Sudan was not dead, it would require “significant resuscitation”, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today, as it...

24 April 2017

Department Harnessing News Platforms, Worldwide Information Network to Tell Compelling United Nations Story, Acting Head Tells Committee on Information

The Department of Public Information was harnessing its multilingual news platforms, worldwide network of information centres and outreach efforts to communicate compelling United Nations stories to...

Press Releases

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

26 April 2017

Independent Audit Advisory Committee Concludes Thirty-Eighth Session, 19-21 April

The Independent Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations (IAAC) held its thirty-eighth session from 19 to 21 April at the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV).  Presiding over the session was...

26 April 2017

Secretary-General Marks Twentieth Anniversary of Chemical Weapons Convention, Urging Renewed Resolve to Consign ‘Diabolical Weapons’ to Pages of History

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the commemorative ceremony for the twentieth anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Organization for...

25 April 2017

Lead by Example in Efforts to ‘Leave No One Behind’, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Global Migration Group, Calling for Stronger International Cooperation

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks at the Global Migration Group principals’ meeting, in Geneva today:

25 April 2017

Hailing Pledging Conference as ‘a Remarkable Success’, Secretary-General Calls for Unhindered Movement of Humanitarian Aid to Reach Yemeni People in Need

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ closing remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, in Geneva today:

25 April 2017

Economic Commission for Europe ‘Instrumental’ in Mobilizing 2030 Agenda among Its Members, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Sustainable Development Forum

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe...

25 April 2017

‘Man-Made Crisis’ Has Robbed Millions of Hope, Dignity, Secretary-General Tells Yemen Pledging Conference, Stressing Urgent Need For Support

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, in Geneva today: