Meetings Coverage

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

27 April 2017

Empowering Indigenous Women Strengthens Their Communities, Nations in Face of Adversity, Speakers Tell Permanent Forum as Session Continues

The empowerment of indigenous women as powerful agents of change could only strengthen their communities and nations in the face of environmental and other challenges, the Permanent Forum on...

27 April 2017

Emergency Relief Coordinator Stresses Urgent Need for ‘Real Progress’ by Security Council to ‘Stymie Tide of Death’ in Syria

Condemning the latest attacks on civilians in Syria today, the United Nations humanitarian chief told the Security Council that real progress was needed to “stymie the tide of death” in that country.

27 April 2017

General Assembly Adopts 2 Resolutions Establishing Six-Point Framework for Halting Deforestation, Forest Degradation

The General Assembly today adopted the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030, a wide-reaching six-point framework aimed at halting deforestation and forest degradation, while also...

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,...

Press Releases

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

27 April 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Edmond Mulet of Guatemala Head of Security Council Joint Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as the Head of the independent three-member panel to lead the Organisation for the...

26 April 2017

Secretary-General Calls for Global Recommitment to Fighting Organized Crime, Military Build-Ups, Terrorism, in Message to Moscow Security Conference

Following is UN Secretary-General’s António Guterres’ message, delivered by Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to the sixth Moscow Conference on International Security,...

26 April 2017

Economic Commission for Europe Plays Crucial Role in Success of 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Secretary-General Says in Seventieth-Anniversary Message

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the seventieth anniversary of the Economic Commission for Europe, in Geneva today:

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: