Meetings Coverage

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

18 February 2020

Delegates Express Concern over Rising Unilateralism, Coercive Economic Measures, as Special Committee on Charter of United Nations Opens Session

Opening its 2020 session, members of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization expressed concern about a rising tide of...

18 February 2020

Security Council: Ukraine

Note: Owing to the liquidity crisis impacting our Organization, only a partial summary of statements made in today’s meeting of the Security Council is available at this time.  The complete summary...

18 February 2020

Speakers Call for More Deployment of Women, Efforts to Realize Secretary-General’s Peacekeeping Reform Initiative, as Special Committee Concludes General Debate

Speakers called for more efforts to deploy women in United Nations peace operations worldwide and fully implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to make missions stronger, safer and more effective...

18 February 2020

Military Escalation in Yemen Threatens Potential Political Progress, High-Level United Nations Officials Warn Security Council

The recent military escalation in Yemen threatens any potential political progress and raises serious concerns over the gathering humanitarian crisis in that country, putting at risk millions of...

18 February 2020

Disarmament Commission Postpones Holding of Organizational Session

The Disarmament Commission deferred the start of its 2020 organizational session meeting for 10 days today to enable the Committee on Relations with the Host Country to address the Russian Federation...

17 February 2020

Delegates Underline Need for Greater Funding of Peacekeeping Operations, Increased Investment in Capacity-Building, as Special Committee Opens Session

Investing more in training is among the best ways to increase the capacity of United Nations peace operations, while these missions should not be asked to do more with less resources, speakers told...

17 February 2020

Speakers Propose Income-Linked Caps on Rent, Affordable Homebuilding Initiatives, as Social Development Commission Discusses Ways to End Homelessness

From income-linked caps on rents and homebuilding incentives to the power of sport to affect change, speakers today put forward a range of potential solutions to the complex and global challenge of...

14 February 2020

Strong, Lasting Support during Fragile Post-Election Period in Guinea-Bissau Crucial for Retaining Hard-Won Gains, Special Representative Tells Security Council

Guinea-Bissau’s fragile post-election period requires strong, sustained support from all partners to prevent any backsliding of hard-won gains along the path to a peaceful transition of power, the...

Press Releases

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

18 February 2020

Alarmed by Rapidly Worsening Humanitarian Situation in North-West Syria, Secretary-General Calls for Immediate Ceasefire

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

18 February 2020

Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Removes Two Entries from Its Sanctions List

On 18 February 2020, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups,...

17 February 2020

Secretary-General Hopes United States-Taliban Talks Yield Afghan-Led Peace Process

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

17 February 2020

Secretary-General Expresses Concern over Reported Killing of Civilians, including Children, in Cameroon’s North-West Region

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

17 February 2020

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Deadly Attack on Burkina Faso Churchgoers

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

17 February 2020

Growth of Non-State Armed Groups Has Made Negotiating End to Conflict More Difficult, Secretary-General Says in Remarks on Action for Peacekeeping

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on “Future Challenges to Global Peace: The Role of the United Nations vis-à-vis Action for Peacekeeping (A4P)”, in Islamabad today:

17 February 2020

Arrivals from Afghanistan Exceeding Arrivals from Syria as Returns Hit Historical Low, Secretary-General Tells Pakistan Conference on Hosting Afghan Refugees

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high-level segment of the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: A New Partnership for...

16 February 2020

Secretary-General, in Pakistan, Stresses Need for Decisive Climate Action, Warning ‘We Are in a Battle for Our Lives’ as Planet Burns

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on sustainable development and climate change, in Islamabad today: