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.

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‑...

19 October 2017

Secretary‑General Appoints Sudhir Rajkumar of India as His Representative for United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Asset Investments

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Sudhir Rajkumar of India as Representative of the Secretary‑General for the investment of the assets of the United...

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:

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: