Meetings Coverage

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

23 October 2020

Tackling Host Country Report, Sixth Committee Speakers Highlight Abuses of Headquarters Agreement, Urge Secretary-General to Invoke Arbitration

Complaints and concerns about the abuse of the Headquarters Agreement by the United States dominated discussion in the Sixth Committee (Legal) today, as delegations took up the report of the...

22 October 2020

Delegates Urge Administering Powers to Fulfil Obligations Under Decolonization Declaration, as Fourth Committee Continues Joint General Debate

As the as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its joint general debate today, some delegates called upon the administering Powers of Non‑Self‑Governing Territories...

22 October 2020

Sixth Committee Speakers Highlight How Corruption, Illicit Financial Flows, Decolonization Issues Undermine Trust of Rule of Law, as Debate Concludes

Concerns about corruption, decolonization and safe havens for illicit financial flows were at the forefront today as delegates, concluding the debate on strengthening the rule of law, reported on...

22 October 2020

Governments of Sudan, South Sudan Should Leverage Improved Bilateral Ties to Resolve Disputes over Strife-Torn Abyei Border Region, Speakers Tell Security Council

The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan should leverage their burgeoning bilateral rapprochement to make progress on the sensitive issue of the Abyei border region, Security Council members urged...

21 October 2020

Alarmed by Genocide Denial in Rwanda, Former Yugoslavia, General Assembly Delegates Commend Residual Mechanism for Progress on Cases amid COVID-19

The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals appealed to Member States of the General Assembly today for their continued support as it adapts its working methods to...

20 October 2020

Efforts to Strengthen, Promote Rule of Law impacted by 'Game-Changer' Pandemic, Senior Official Tells Sixth Committee, as Debate on Principle Continues

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) continued its debate on the rule of law at the national and international levels today, the Assistant Secretary‑General for Strategic Coordination introduced the...

20 October 2020

Role of Palestine Refugee Agency More Urgent than Ever amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Delegates Say, as Fourth Committee Continues Joint General Debate

Amid the COVID‑19 pandemic, the role played by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is more urgent than ever, delegates said today, calling for...

19 October 2020

First Committee Delegates Highlight Urgent Need to Simmer Geopolitical Tensions, End Terrorist Groups’ Foray into Cybercrime, as General Debate Concludes

The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its general debate today amid warnings that transnational criminal organizations and terrorist groups are driving illicit arms...

Press Releases

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

23 October 2020

United Nations World Data Forum Concludes with More than 10,000 Producers, Users Connecting to Advance Solutions for Trusted Data in COVID-19 Response

The first virtual meeting of the United Nations World Data Forum concluded with the launch of the data community’s response to COVID‑19, stressing the increased demand for relevant, timely and...

23 October 2020

Commending Urban Grass‑Roots Groups, Secretary-General Says Local Action Vital to Sustainable Recovery from Pandemic, in Message on World Cities Day

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on World Cities Day, observed on 31 October:

23 October 2020

United Nations Will Host Online Discussion and Workshop on Educating against Racism, 29 October

The United Nations will host a workshop and discussion entitled “Educating against Racism” on 29 October at 10 a.m. EDT.  The programme will explore how education and educators can challenge racism...

23 October 2020

Deputy Secretary-General, at Global Education Meeting, Stresses Safe School Reopenings, Inclusion, Connectivity Key for Averting ‘Generational Catastrophe’ in Learning

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the extraordinary session of the Global Education Meeting, today:

22 October 2020

Condemning Post-Election Violence in Guinea, Secretary-General Urges All Sides to Await Official Results from Electoral Commission

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

22 October 2020

Climate the Leading Global Threat to Cultural Rights, Special Rapporteur Tells Third Committee, as Delegates Tackle Root Causes of Entrenched Bias, Exclusion

Governments must ensure that people facing discrimination are included in dialogues and decisions affecting their lives, experts told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, as...

22 October 2020

Concerned about Tensions Ahead of 31 October Presidential Election, Secretary-General Condemns Lethal Violence in Côte d’Ivoire

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

22 October 2020

Societies Thrive Where Arts, Culture Flourish, Secretary-General Says at United Nations Day Concert, Noting Music Needs No Translators

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the United Nations Day concert, in New York today:

22 October 2020

Support for Learning Recovery Will Succeed by Investing in Those at Greatest Risk of Being Left Behind, Secretary-General Tells Global Education Meeting

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the extraordinary session of the Global Education Meeting, today:

22 October 2020

Pandemic Provided Chances for Innovative Rule-of-Law Agenda, Secretary-General Tells Event on Improving Supreme Court Governance in Brazil

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the webinar “Supreme courts, governance and democracy:  Contributions of civil society to the improvement of the...