Meetings Coverage

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

21 February 2017

Never Take Peace in Europe for Granted, Say Speakers as Security Council Holds Open Debate on Region’s Protracted Conflicts

Peace must never be taken for granted in Europe, where simmering conflicts could potentially impact security on a global scale, speakers in the Security Council said today, during an open debate that...

21 February 2017

Peacekeeping Must Be More Flexible in Adapting to Evolving Threats, Top Officials Tell Special Committee as General Debate Opens

The United Nations must be more flexible, nimble and pragmatic in creating and managing peacekeeping operations in order to better prevent conflict and protect civilians in an increasingly complex...

21 February 2017

Speakers Debate Working Methods, United Nations Reform, as Special Committee on Charter Opens 2017 Session

The Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization opened its 2017 session today with delegates debating questions related to...

17 February 2017

General Assembly Marks Tenth Anniversary of Convention on Enforced Disappearance amid Calls for Universal Ratification, Greater Prevention Efforts

Despite gains to end enforced disappearance and redress its harrowing legacy on families worldwide, the number of cases of one of the most egregious human rights violations was on the rise, parties...

16 February 2017

United Nations Conference to Negotiate Ban on Nuclear Weapons Holds First Organizational Meeting, Adopts Agenda for 2017 Substantive Session

The United Nations Conference to negotiate a nuclear-weapon ban elected its president today, and adopted — as orally revised — the draft provisional agenda for its four-week substantive session, to...

16 February 2017

Return to ‘Meaningful’ Negotiations More Vital than Ever, Secretary-General Says in Statement, as Palestinian Rights Committee Begins 2017 Session

With prospects for a two-State solution slipping away, a return to meaningful negotiations was more vital than ever, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Palestinian Rights Committee today, as...

Press Releases

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

21 February 2017

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning Iraq Removes One Entity from Its Sanctions List

On 21 February 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1518 (2003) approved the removal of the following entity from its List of Individuals and Entities subject to...

21 February 2017

Independent Audit Advisory Committee Holds Thirty-seventh Session at United Nations Headquarters, 15-17 February

The Independent Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations (IAAC) held its thirty-seventh session from 15 to 17 February at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

21 February 2017

Secretary-General Appoints François Louncény Fall of Guinea to Head United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of François Louncény Fall of Guinea as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for...

21 February 2017

United Nations Must Be More Nimble, Pragmatic, Flexible in Planning, Managing Diverse Operations, Secretary-General Tells Special Committee on Peacekeeping

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, in New York today:

21 February 2017

International Community Must Guard against Unilateral Actions to Create Facts on Ground, Secretary-General Tells Security Debate about Conflicts in Europe

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on conflicts in Europe, in New York today: