Meetings Coverage

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

23 May 2017

Continuing Resumed Session, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Recommends Special Status for 79 Entities, Defers Action on 38 others

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today recommended 79 entities for special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, while deferring action on the status of 38 others.

23 May 2017

Evidence of ‘Sulfur Mustard’, Exposure to Sarin, Found in Samples from Alleged Syria Chemical Attacks, Disarmament Affairs Chief Tells Security Council

Initial findings from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission in Syria had found evidence of sulfur mustard in samples taken from an alleged attack on 16 ...

22 May 2017

World Must Focus on Twin Task of Defeating Islamic State, Rebuilding Iraq, Says Special Representative, in Briefing to Security Council

With the liberation of Mosul imminent, the international community must maintain a dual focus on defeating the remaining Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) forces in Iraq, and on...

22 May 2017

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Grants Applications of 47 Groups for Special Status with Economic and Social Council, Defers Action on 15

Resuming its 2017 session, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today recommended 47 groups for special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and...

22 May 2017

Special Envoy Calls Agreement on Syria De-escalation Zones ‘Promising Step’ amid Persistent Fighting, ISIL Threat, as He Briefs Security Council

Small but significant steps were being made in political efforts to end the conflict in Syria on the heels of an agreement on creating de-escalation zones in that country, the Secretary-General’s...

22 May 2017

World Must Move Beyond ‘Globalization of Exclusion’, UNCTAD President Says, as Economic and Social Council Opens Financing for Development Forum

Populism and xenophobia were challenging global solidarity at a moment when States should be working together to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, speakers stressed today as the Economic and...

Press Releases

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

23 May 2017

Security Council Sanctions Committee on Central African Republic Meets with Panel of Experts, Hears Weapon-Management Briefing by Mine Action Service

On 12 May, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013) concerning the Central African Republic held informal consultations in connection with the progress update of...

23 May 2017

Calling Additional Peacekeepers ‘Force Multipliers’ in Mali, Secretary-General Urges New Contributions to Reinforce Mission’s Protection Mandate

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) force generation conference, in New York today:

23 May 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack against United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay):

23 May 2017

Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Considers Final Report of Its Panel of Experts

On 19 May 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011) concerning Libya held informal consultations to consider the final report of the Panel of Experts,...

23 May 2017

Secretary-General Appoints David Mclachlan-Karr of Australia Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as his new Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau.  Mr. McLachlan-Karr...

23 May 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Manchester

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay):