Meetings Coverage

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

21 April 2021

Head of International Mechanism on Syria Presents Sixth Report, as Delegates in General Assembly Air Concerns over Basis for Its Creation

The Head of the mechanism established in 2016 to increase the prospects for justice in Syria called on representatives in the General Assembly today to set aside their political differences and...

20 April 2021

Economic and Social Council Sets Theme of Upcoming Humanitarian Affairs Segment as It Adopts 3 Decisions without Vote

The Economic and Social Council, acting without a vote, adopted three decisions today, including one setting out the theme of its upcoming humanitarian affairs segment, while also electing members to...

19 April 2021

Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Representative Institutions as ‘Serious Partners They Are’, Chair Stresses, as Permanent Forum Begins Session

Indigenous peoples have time and again shown themselves to be constructive partners with Member States and enrich the work of the United Nations, the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues...

19 April 2021

Amid Rising Poverty, Food Insecurity Wrought by COVID-19, Speakers Urge Action to Build Fairer, More Durable World, as Population and Development Commission Begins Session

As COVID-19 continues to expose links between gender inequality, food insecurity and poor access to health care and reproductive rights, the global community has an obligation to build back better,...

16 April 2021

Taking Up Fifth Committee Reports, General Assembly Adopts Texts on Common System, Joint Inspection Unit, Special Subjects Related to 2021 Programme Budget

The General Assembly adopted five resolutions and five decisions today, all without a vote, including four texts referred to it by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), as its President...

15 April 2021

Concluding Financing for Development Forum, Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Multilateral Cooperation, Solidarity in Combating Ill Effects of COVID-19

Ministers and other high-level officials concluded the 2021 Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up today, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen multilateral cooperation and solidarity to...

12 April 2021

Cooperation in Tackling COVID-19 Key to Averting Lengthy Global Recession, Speakers Say, as Economic and Social Council Opens Annual Financing for Development Forum

The Economic and Social Council opened its annual financing for development forum today amid warnings that, with more than 3 million lives lost to COVID-19 and infections still on the rise,...

26 March 2021

Concluding First Resumed Session, Fifth Committee Approves Texts on Special Subjects, Joint Inspection Unit, Common System

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) concluded the first part of its resumed seventy-fifth session today, sending — without a vote — three draft resolutions and one draft decision to...

Press Releases

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

22 April 2021

Amid Resurgent COVID-19, Palestinian Expectations High Ahead of Long-Awaited Elections, Special Coordinator Tells Security Council

Expectations are running high among Palestinians ahead of their first elections in nearly 15 years, even as a resurgence of COVID-19 hits the West Bank and Gaza, the United Nations Special...

22 April 2021

Experts in Population and Development Commission Discuss Ageing Global Populace, New Ways to Collect, Use Data on International Migration, Impact of COVID-19

Population experts from the United Nations and Governments around the globe explored populating ageing and other emerging demographic trends, and weighed innovative ways to collect and use data, as...

22 April 2021

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Attack at Hotel in Pakistan

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

22 April 2021

New Emissions-Reduction Plans by United States, Other Countries ‘Much-Needed Boost’ to Tackle Climate Crisis, Secretary-General Says as Opening Session of Summit Ends

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on the conclusion of the opening session of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, today:

22 April 2021

General Assembly Decision Confirms Achim Steiner of Germany Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General, after consultation with Member States, the General Assembly confirmed Achim Steiner of Germany as Administrator of the United Nations...

22 April 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Ethiopia

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Dinh Quy Dang (Viet Nam):

22 April 2021

Warning ‘Mother Nature Is Not Waiting’, Secretary-General Urges Leaders' Climate Summit to Form Coalition for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, Boost Investment in Clean Energy

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Leaders' Summit on Climate, held today:

22 April 2021

Building Strong Communities, Tackling Inequalities Critical for Making Cities Safe, Secretary-General Tells General Assembly Debate on Urban Security, Good Governance

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, as delivered by Ghada Waly, Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to the high-level debate of the...

22 April 2021

Secretary-General’s Message Marking Entry into Force of Escazú Agreement Says Landmark Latin American Environmental Treaty Sets Stage for Durable, Resilient Recovery

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message marking the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement, today:

21 April 2021

‘Stay the Course’, Build on Progress Already Made, Special Representative Urges Parties to Colombia Peace Accord, in Briefing to Security Council

The United Nations envoy overseeing the implementation of Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement urged its signatories today to stay the course and build upon the progress they have made, even as continuing...