Meetings Coverage

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

10 August 2020

Amid Rising Political Tensions, Economic Woes, Ongoing International Support Key for Maintaining Stability in Guinea-Bissau, Top Officials Warns Security Council

Unwavering international support is crucial to maintain the fragile stability achieved in Guinea-Bissau, officials told the Security Council today, warning of escalating political tensions and a...

28 July 2020

Amid Unrelenting Violence, Spread of COVID-19, Crisis in Yemen at Its Worst, Top Officials Tell Security Council, Warning Inaction Will Push Country into Abyss

The crisis in Yemen has never been worse, United Nations experts told the Security Council today, as delegates — meeting in person for the second time in four months — addressed the unrelenting...

28 July 2020

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus until 31 January 2021, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2537 (2020)

Acting unanimously today, the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus and called on the leaders of the two Cypriot communities to urgently work...

28 July 2020

Concerned by Worsening Situation in West Africa, Sahel, Security Council Presidential Statement Calls for National, Regional, International Support

The Security Council, expressing concern about security and humanitarian challenges in West Africa — as well as the potential of the COVID-19 pandemic to exacerbate existing fragilities — today...

28 July 2020

Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2536 (2020), Security Council Extends Sanctions against Central African Republic, Expert Panel Supporting Compliance

The Security Council today decided to extend its sanctions regime against the Central African Republic for one year, including an arms and ammunition embargo with some exemptions, while also renewing...

14 July 2020

Increased Attacks against Community Leaders, Human Rights Defenders Pose Gravest Threat to Colombia Peace Process, Special Representative Warns Security Council

Attacks against community leaders, human rights defenders, former combatants and women — along with the COVID-19 pandemic that is exacerbating them — are the gravest threats now facing Colombia’s...

14 July 2020

Security Council Underlines Vital Role of Youth in Building Peace, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2535 (2020)

The Security Council today underscored the role of youth in preventing and resolving conflict, as well as in building and maintaining peace, encouraging Member States to include young people in...

14 July 2020

Security Council Extends Mandate of Political Mission Overseeing Yemen Peace Agreement for One Year, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2534 (2020)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of a United Nations political mission overseeing a peace agreement between the Government of Yemen and the Houthi militia in the port city of Hudaydah.

Press Releases

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

14 August 2020

Security Council Announces Failure to Adopt Text on Iran Sanctions by 2 Against, 2 in Favour, 11 Abstentions

The Security Council announced on 14 August its failure to adopt a draft resolution aimed at extending arms-related restrictions on Iran, set to expire in October under resolution 2231 (2015).

14 August 2020

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

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

14 August 2020

Secretary-General Urges Unconditional Access to Oil Tanker ‘Safer’ for Mitigation of Environmental Risks Facing Yemen, Wider Region

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

13 August 2020

Secretary-General Welcomes Joint Statement Suspending Israel’s Plans to Annex West Bank, Expresses Hope for Renewed Talks towards Two-State Solution

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

13 August 2020

Secretary-General Appoints Sylvia Lopez-Ekra of Côte d’Ivoire United Nations Resident Coordinator in Morocco

On 10 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Sylvia Lopez-Ekra of Côte d’Ivoire as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Morocco, with the host Government’s approval.

13 August 2020

Secretary-General Appoints Allegra Maria del Pilar Baiocchi of Italy United Nations Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica

On 1 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Allegra Maria del Pilar Baiocchi of Italy as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, with the host Government’s approval.

12 August 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Coordinated, Conflict-Sensitive Responses Crucial to Sustaining Peace, Secretary-General Tells Security Council

The COVID-19 pandemic — beyond having crippling effects on health systems — threatens to worsen current conflicts and foment new ones, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on...

12 August 2020

General Assembly Extends Seventy-Fourth Session until Mid-September, Postpones Events, Report Submission Deadlines, Adopting 10 Texts in Silence Procedure

The General Assembly adopted 10 resolutions and decisions by its silence procedure from 6 to 12 August, including one extending its seventy-fourth session until mid-September and several postponing...