Meetings Coverage

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

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...

26 March 2021

Concluding Annual Session, Women’s Commission Approves Text on Bolstering Regulatory, Legal Framework for Gender Equality, Warning COVID-19 Is Rolling Back Progress

The Commission on the Status of Women concluded its sixty-fifth session today, approving a wide-ranging set of agreed conclusions that broadly reaffirm the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...

25 March 2021

Delegates Stress Need for Reckoning with Slavery’s Role in Perpetuating Bias, Inequality, as General Assembly Marks International Day to Remember Victims

Delegates urged a reckoning today with how the past injustices of the transatlantic slave trade perpetuate present racial discrimination and inequality around the world, as the General Assembly held...

19 March 2021

While Apartheid ‘Lies Dead, Racism Lives On’, Says United Nations Chief, as General Assembly Observes Day for Eliminating Racial Discrimination

Noting with concern the situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) pandemic, the General Assembly adopted a decision today outlining protocols for delivering statements and presenting...

15 March 2021

Pandemic Reveals Extent of Gender Inequality in World’s Political, Social, Economic Systems, Says Secretary-General, as Women’s Commission Opens Session

Already rampant around the globe, gender inequality has only worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with women hard hit by job losses, school closures, rising poverty and spiking rates of domestic...

Press Releases

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

16 April 2021

Economic and Social Council: Special Meeting on “A Vaccine for All”

Note: Owing to the liquidity crisis and the current COVID-19 pandemic impacting our Organization, only a partial summary of statements made in today’s meetings of the Economic and Social Council is...

16 April 2021

Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2571 (2021), Security Council Extends Measures against Illicit Petroleum Exports from Libya, Panel of Experts’ Mandate

The Security Council, adopting two resolutions through its written silence procedure today, extended the authorization of measures against the illicit export of crude oil and other petroleum products...

16 April 2021

Make 2021 ‘Make-or-Break’ Year for Climate, Energy, Other Critical Issues, Says Secretary-General in Meeting with Leading Mayors at C40 Cities Event

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to his meeting with leading mayors supported by C40 Cities:  “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and...

16 April 2021

Secretary-General Hails John Pombe Joseph Magufuli’s Service, at General Assembly Tribute for Late United Republic of Tanzania President

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly tribute to the memory of John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the late President of the United Republic of Tanzania, today:

15 April 2021

Raise $2 Billion to Support Full Funding of COVAX Advance Market Commitment, Deputy Secretary-General Urges, in Message for Event

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment event today:

15 April 2021

Security Council 1518 Sanctions Committee Removes Six Entries from Its Sanctions List

On 15 April 2021, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1518 (2003) removed the following entries from its Sanctions List of individuals and entities:

15 April 2021

To End Yemen’s Tragic Plight, Parties Must Agree on Humanitarian Action, Nationwide Ceasefire, Special Envoy Tells Security Council

With a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping over Yemen, and as Houthi rebels pursue their offensive in the oil-rich Marib region, more must be done — urgently and with greater international...

15 April 2021

Working towards Circular Economy Will Also Advance Climate Action, Deputy Secretary-General Tells International Forum

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the World Circular Economy Forum + Climate event today:

15 April 2021

Office for Disarmament Affairs Launches United Nations ‘What If – Spesterra’ Youth Video Challenge

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 the “International Year of Peace and Trust”.  It is also the first year of the Decade of Action to usher in ambitious steps to deliver on the 2030...

14 April 2021

Women Still Suffering in War Zones, Special Representative Tells Security Council, Highlighting Unmet Global Commitments to Victims of Sexual Violence

Facing pandemic lockdowns, spiking violence and eroded access to services and legal protections, women in war zones continue to suffer and global commitments remain largely unmet, the United Nations...