Meetings Coverage

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

3 May 2021

Speakers Hail Late Chad President’s Role in Securing Stability at Home, Fighting Extremism Abroad, as General Assembly Honours Idriss Déby Itno

Following the battlefield death of President Idriss Déby Itno on 20 April, senior United Nations officials and representatives of regional groups convened in the General Assembly today to pay tribute...

3 May 2021

Speakers Call for Adequate Funds, Personnel to Implement Peacekeeping Mandates, as Fifth Committee Begins Second Resumed Session, Reviews Work Programme

Speakers began discussing the Secretary-General’s proposed $6.47 billion budget to cover the cost of a dozen United Nations peacekeeping missions in 2021/22, while stressing the need to break a four-...

30 April 2021

Concluding Session, Indigenous Issues Permanent Forum Approves Recommendations on Human Rights Meeting, Security Council Partnership, Global Action Plan Funding

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its annual session this afternoon, approving several recommendations which reflected this year’s central theme “Peace, justice and strong...

28 April 2021

Pledging Support for Volcano-Ravaged Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, General Assembly Also Adopts First-Ever Draft on Global Drowning Prevention, Four Other Texts

The General Assembly, adopting four resolutions and one decision this morning, pledged its support for all those affected by a series of devastating recent volcano eruptions on the Caribbean island...

27 April 2021

Delegates in Information Committee Call for Expanded United Nations Multilingual Communications Strategy to End Rapid Spread of Disinformation Worldwide

The Committee on Information continued its annual session today, as delegates decried the epidemic of disinformation spreading around the world faster than the COVID-19 virus and tasked the United...

26 April 2021

At Meeting Marking Anniversary of Chernobyl Disaster, General Assembly President Says Global Community Must Build Resilience, Prepare for Unexpected Challenges

International cooperation is vital in reducing disaster risks and building resilience as the world is not insured against future tragedies, speakers told the General Assembly during its commemoration...

26 April 2021

COVID-19 Infodemic ‘Immediate Test Case’ for Global Communications Department’s Vision of Peaceful, Equitable World, Under-Secretary-General Tells Information Committee

The massive spread of misinformation and disinformation and surge of hate speech that has coalesced to undermine global public health during the COVID-19 crisis presents an “immediate test case” for...

23 April 2021

Surmounting History of Gridlock, Population and Development Commission Adopts First Consensus Outcome Document in Five Years, Concluding Annual Session

Facing challenging virtual negotiations and a history of gridlock, the Economic and Social Council’s Commission on Population and Development marked a major achievement today as it adopted its first...

Press Releases

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

12 May 2021

Urging Parties in Yemen to Make Concessions, Conclude Peace Deal, Briefers Caution Security Council of Impending Humanitarian, Ecological Catastrophes

Relentless military escalation by Ansar Allah in Yemen’s northern Marib region, along with import restrictions at Hudaydah, the closure of Sana’a International Airport and the absence of a political...

12 May 2021

Citing Disturbing Protection Rollbacks, Secretary-General Affirms LGBTIQ+ Rights, Dignity, Commemorating International Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, observed on 17 May:

12 May 2021

Secretary-General Urges Efforts to Ensure Digital Technologies Remain ‘Force for Good’, on World Telecommunication, Information Society Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, observed on 17 May:

12 May 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Martin Griffiths of United Kingdom Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Martin Griffiths of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief...

11 May 2021

Security Council Extends United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2575 (2021)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 November 2021, maintaining the current ceilings for troops and police.

11 May 2021

Security Council Renews Mandate of Verification Mission in Colombia until 31 October, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2574 (2021)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia until 31 October and expanded it to include monitoring implementation of the sentences handed...

11 May 2021

Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Attack on Peacekeepers in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

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

11 May 2021

Humanitarian Support, Coherent Global Action Still Needed 100 Days after Deadly Military Takeover in Myanmar, Secretary-General Says

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

11 May 2021

Highlighting Troubling Regularity of Targeted Attacks in Iraq, Top United Nations Official Briefs Security Council on Pre-election Landscape

Five months away from national elections in Iraq — a milestone event in the country’s young democracy — violent attacks against both civilian and military targets continue with “troubling” regularity...

11 May 2021

Secretary-General Calls for Restraint amid Spiralling Escalation, High Casualties in Occupied Palestinian Territory

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