Meetings Coverage

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

21 June 2017

Security Council Extends, Expands Sanctions against Democratic Republic of Congo to Cover Those Attacking Peacekeepers, Adopting Resolution 2360 (2017)

The Security Council today extended its arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 1 July 2018, expanding those sanctions to cover individuals and...

21 June 2017

Peacekeeping Chief Recommends No Change in South Sudan Mandate Owing to Persistent Hostilities, Stalled Dialogue

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, citing a lack of real progress towards ending hostilities and resuming dialogue in South Sudan, today recommended no changes to the mandate of...

21 June 2017

Conference Concludes First Reading of Draft Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Delegations considering an instrument that would prohibit nuclear weapons concluded their first-read through of the entire draft this morning, before proceeding to informal discussions in the...

21 June 2017

Afghanistan’s Government Must Work to Improve Trust in Security Sector amid Rising Tensions, Terrorist Attacks, Special Representative Tells Security Council

Warning that the situation in Afghanistan was unusually tense and that a recent tide of violent terrorist attacks had brought underlying political tensions to the surface, the United Nations top...

21 June 2017

Security Council Welcomes Deployment of Joint Force to Combat Terrorism Threat, Transnational Crime in Sahel, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2359 (2017)

The Security Council welcomed the deployment of the Group of Five Sahel joint force (Force conjointe du G5 Sahel - FC-G5S) that would address the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious...

20 June 2017

Focus on State Obligations to Assist Explosion Victims, as Conference Continues Negotiations on Legally Binding Instrument Banning Nuclear Weapons

The obligations of States parties to assist victims of nuclear weapons use or testing took centre stage today, with participants divided over whether to impose that primary burden on the nuclear...

Press Releases

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

21 June 2017

Secretary-General Commends Tajikistan’s Efforts to Reduce Poverty, Advance Water Goals, in Remarks at Forum on Sustainable Development Partnerships

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the opening of a national conference on “Strengthening of Partnerships for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the Face of...

21 June 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Ana Maria Menéndez of Spain Senior Adviser on Policy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Ana Maria Menéndez of Spain as the next Senior Adviser on Policy.

21 June 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov of Russian Federation Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov of the Russian Federation as Under-Secretary-General of the newly created United Nations Counter-Terrorism...

21 June 2017

Secretary-General Makes Urgent Appeal for Utmost Effort to Protect Civilians, Infrastructure by Those Conducting Military Operations in Syria

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement regarding the situation in Syria:

20 June 2017

Secretary-General Appoints María Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed María Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

20 June 2017

Secretary-General, Citing Individual Stories of Hardship, Separation, Loss in Message for World Refugee Day, Urges More Protection by Member States

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June: