Meetings Coverage

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

27 March 2020

Rapid Suppression of COVID-19 Transmission ‘Must Be Our Common Strategy’, Secretary-General Stresses in Virtual Briefing to Member States

Solidarity is “the first line of defence” against the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to wipe out years of development gains and throw millions of people back into poverty, the highest-ranking United...

12 March 2020

Concluding Annual Session, Special Peacekeeping Operations Committee Approves Draft Report Outlining Proposals, Conclusions on Range of Substantive Items

Concluding its work today, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations approved, as orally revised, the draft report of its 2020 substantive session (document A/AC.121/2020/L.3).

12 March 2020

Escalating Violence Threatens Quest for Political Resolution of Conflict in Yemen, Senior Officials Warn Security Council

The recent escalation of violence in Yemen is jeopardizing the quest for a political solution to the conflict in that country and inflicting significant harm on civilians, senior United Nations...

12 March 2020

Security Council Renews Mandate of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2514 (2020)

The Security Council decided to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today amid encouraging developments in that country’s peace process, including the beginning of...

11 March 2020

Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Calling for Greater Efforts to Help Africa Fight Terrorism, as Delegates Denounce ‘Insufficient’ Current Approaches

Terrorism and violent extremism pose a significant and growing threat to peace and security in Africa and the international community must redouble its efforts to strengthen the continent’s ability...

11 March 2020

Speakers Seek More Details on Improving Staff Performance, Organizational Culture, as Fifth Committee Reviews Roll-Out of Accountability Framework across Secretariat

Speakers praised and called for more details about the roll-out of a new framework for assigning senior managers greater authority to make decisions and hold their staff accountable for results, as...

11 March 2020

General Assembly Postpones Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Conference to Draft Marine Biodiversity Treaty in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The General Assembly today decided to postpone the fourth session of the intergovernmental conference to draft a new global instrument on biodiversity in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction,...

10 March 2020

Security Council Welcomes Significant Steps towards Ending War in Afghanistan, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2513 (2020)

The Security Council welcomed the significant steps taken towards ending the war in Afghanistan and opening the door to intra-Afghan negotiations enabled by the recent peace agreement signed by the...

Press Releases

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

8 April 2020

World Health Organization ‘Absolutely Critical’ to Global Fight against COVID-19, Secretary-General Says, Calls for Support, Unity

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

8 April 2020

COVID-19 Crisis Must Not Reverse Hard-Won Security Gains, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Peacebuilding Commission, Warns Countries Need Faster, Greater Support

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the Peacebuilding Commission’s virtual meeting on the implications of COVID-19 for...

8 April 2020

Public Statement by Chair of Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, in connection with the examination of the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Yemen (document S...

7 April 2020

Peacekeepers in Mali Strive to Build on Recent Political, Security Gains, amid Escalating COVID-19 Pandemic, Mission Head Tells Security Council

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali is striving to carry out its mandate and build on a series of recent positive developments, despite persistent terrorist acts and mounting cases of...

7 April 2020

Secretary-General Condemns Continued Attacks on Medical Facilities in Libya

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

6 April 2020

Secretary-General, Commemorating 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Urges World to Reject Hate Speech, Forces of Polarization

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, observed on 7 April:

6 April 2020

‘We Stand with You’, Secretary-General Says in World Health Day Message, Hails Care Workers around Globe for Tireless Commitment, Expertise during Traumatic Times

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Health Day, observed on 7 April:

5 April 2020

Amid Global Surge in Domestic Violence, Secretary-General Urges Governments to Make Prevention, Redress Part of National COVID-19 Response Plans

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