Meetings Coverage

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

16 October 2017

Reflecting Deep Chasm in Disarmament Debate, First Committee Speakers Question Progress as Nuclear-Weapon States Defend Deterrence Policies

Reflecting a deep chasm in disarmament and arms control discussions, delegates from nuclear-weapon States today defended deterrence policies while their counterparts from nations free of atomic bombs...

16 October 2017

International Human Rights Standards Must Translate to Programmes on Ground, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Tells Third Committee

International human rights standards “can and must” be translated into programmes on the ground, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian...

16 October 2017

Programme of Assistance Meets Increasing Demand for International Law Training with Enhanced Resources, Publications, Regional Courses, Sixth Committee Hears

Through regional courses, online resources and legal publications, as well as a new project producing accessible digital files, the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Dissemination and Wider...

16 October 2017

Global Community Falling Short on Eradicating Hunger by 2030, Speakers Warn, as Second Committee Debates Agriculture Development, Food Security

The world was not on track to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by the international community’s goal of 2030, the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) heard today from many speakers as it took...

16 October 2017

General Assembly, by Secret Ballot, Elects 15 Member States to Serve Three-Year Terms on Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around...

13 October 2017

Speakers Critical of Criteria for Graduation to Middle-Income Status, as Second Committee Takes Up Globalization, Interdependence

Middle-income countries had initially reaped globalization’s benefits, but were now suffering from the so-called “megatrends” of labour market shifts, rapid technological advances and climate change...

Press Releases

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

16 October 2017

Secretary-General Welcomes United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti as Previous Operation’s Stabilization Mandate Ends

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

16 October 2017

Joint Commission Transmits Updated Procurement Channel Documents to Security Council

On 29 September 2017, the Procurement Working Group of the Joint Commission transmitted to the Security Council updated versions of documents offering practical information on the procurement channel...

16 October 2017

United Nations, Thomas & Friends™ Announce New Collaboration Promoting Sustainable Development Goals to Children

The United Nations and Mattel, Inc., today announced at MIPJunior in Cannes, France, details of their collaboration to incorporate a number of the Sustainable Development Goals into the storylines of...

16 October 2017

Secretary-General Urges Strategic Alignment of Global, African Development Agendas to Build on Continent’s Recent Gains

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on Africa Week, in New York today:

15 October 2017

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Somalia Attacks, Urges Unity against Terrorism

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

15 October 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President François Delattre (France):