Meetings Coverage

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

20 October 2017

First Committee Delegates Call for Shifting Global Spending from Conventional Arms to Development, as Military Costs Top $1.7 Trillion

Burgeoning military expenditures were among an array of worrying trends, delegates told the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) today, as they highlighted the development...

20 October 2017

Amid Instability, Security Challenges, New Partnership for Africa’s Development Critical to Continent’s Socioeconomic Advancement, General Assembly Told

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development — now fully embedded in the development paradigms of both the United Nations and the African Union — remained the “rallying point” in Africa’s pursuit of...

20 October 2017

Sixth Committee Delegates Question Differences between Effects of Domestic, International Armed Conflict on Treaties

Taking up the topic of the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, Sixth Committee (Legal) delegates today revisited the International Law Commission’s draft articles and tackled the question of...

20 October 2017

Scaling Up Government-Private Sector Partnerships Critical to Realizing Sustainable Development, Say Speakers in Second Committee

Agreeing that strategic partnerships were vital in financing development goals, speakers also highlighted the need for transparent business principles and respect for national priorities, as the...

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

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,...

Press Releases

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

20 October 2017

Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Renews, Amends Entry of Vessel on Its Sanctions List

On 20 October 2017, the Committee renewed the listing and enacted the amendments specified with strikethrough and underline in the entry specified below on its List of individuals and entities...

19 October 2017

Mutually Reinforcing Accords Create Pathway to Unlocking Great Lakes Region’s, Potential, Secretary-General Tells Heads of State, Government

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the seventh Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government...

19 October 2017

Secretary-General Stresses Need to ‘Neutralize’ Threat Posed by ‘Negative Forces’, Repatriate Ex-Fighters, Curb Political Crises Plaguing Great Lakes Region

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and...

19 October 2017

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning South Sudan Meets with Coordinator of Panel of Experts

On 6 October 2017, members of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan were briefed by the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on South...

19 October 2017

Parties to Syria Conflict Must Ease Delivery of Aid, Says Secretary‑General, also Stressing Urgent Need for Reinvigorated Political Process

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

19 October 2017

United Nations Civilian Staff Casualties Falls to Lowest in Five Years, Despite Increased Direct Attacks, Secretary-General Report Finds

Despite the increasingly complex security environment and an unprecedented rise in direct attacks against the United Nations, the number of its civilian personnel* casualties has fallen, Secretary‑...