Meetings Coverage

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

22 March 2018

Better Governance of Underfunded, Poorly Managed Lake Chad Basin Key to Resolving Conflict, Suffering Across Region, Speakers Tell Security Council

The environmental monitoring network in the Lake Chad Basin was inadequate, sparse, poorly funded and badly operated, a representative of the commission overseeing its management told the Security...

21 March 2018

Security Council Extends Mandate for Expert Panel Assisting Sanctions Committee on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Security Council today extended until 24 April 2019 the mandate of its eight‑member Panel of Experts assisting the Sanctions Committee pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) on the Democratic People’...

21 March 2018

Successful Elections in Libya Hinged on Tightening Security, Cracking Down on Oil Smuggling, Human Trafficking, Top Official Tells Security Council

While a spirit of optimism was taking hold in Libya, even amid persistent security concerns, a predatory economic system — including the oil smuggling and human trafficking — must be overcome if...

21 March 2018

Driven to Accelerate Gender Equality, Commission on Status of Women Considers Its Role Building Synergies with Economic and Social Council

The Commission on the Status of Women, continuing its sixty-second session today, took note of several documents related to its synergies with — and contributions to — the broader work of the...

20 March 2018

Racial Equality ‘Is Under Attack’, Experts Warn General Assembly, Urging States to Mark International Day by Stamping out Discrimination, Intolerance

Speakers today called for urgent action to stop the rampant rise of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, as the General Assembly commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial...

19 March 2018

Procedural Vote Blocks Holding of Security Council Meeting on Human Rights Situation in Syria, Briefing by High Commissioner

The Security Council today failed to hold a public meeting on the human rights situation in Syria — which would have featured a briefing by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-...

Press Releases

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

22 March 2018

Security Council Press Statement on Humanitarian Situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Karel Jan Gustaaf van Oosterom (Netherlands):

22 March 2018

Secretary-General, at Launch of International Decade for Action, Supports New Approaches for Better Managing Fresh Water Scarcity

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the launch of the International Decade for Action 2018‑2028 — “Water for Sustainable Development”, in New York today:

22 March 2018

Tackling Root Causes of Hunger Must Guide Effective Action, Secretary-General Says in Video Message at Launch of Global Food Crises Report

Following is the text of Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the launch of the Global Food Crises Report, in Rome today:

22 March 2018

Praising Thriving, Inclusive Economy, Secretary-General Welcomes Bangladesh Graduation from Least Developed Country Status, Pledges Support

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on the occasion of the graduation of Bangladesh from the list of least developed countries, in Dhaka today: ​​​​​​​

22 March 2018

Secretary-General’s Video Message for National Humanitarian Conference in Paris

The text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the national humanitarian conference, held in Paris today, is not available in English.

21 March 2018

Secretary-General Welcomes African Free Trade Agreement Signing as Step towards Achieving Common Development Goals, Pledges United Nations Support

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