Meetings Coverage

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

18 June 2021

General Assembly: Plenary

Note: Owing to the liquidity crisis and the current COVID-19 pandemic impacting our Organization, only a partial summary of statements made in today’s meetings of the General Assembly is available at...

18 June 2021

Special Committee on Decolonization Approves Text Calling upon United States to Promote Puerto Rico’s Self-Determination, Eventual Independence

The Special Committee on Decolonization approved today a draft resolution calling upon the United States to assume its responsibility to promote a process to enable the people of Puerto Rico to fully...

17 June 2021

Crucial Elections Needed by End of 2021 to Break Political Impasse, Tackle Worsening Conditions in Haiti, Experts Tell Security Council

Amid deteriorating socioeconomic conditions and a lingering political impasse, political and civil society leaders in Haiti must ensure that parliamentary and presidential elections take place within...

16 June 2021

General Assembly Adopts Resolution Recognizing Right of Return for Georgia’s Displaced Persons, Refugees, Deferring Action on Security Council Reform

The General Assembly adopted a resolution today that recognizes the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and their descendants, regardless of ethnicity, to their homes...

16 June 2021

Security Council Weighs Benefits, Drawbacks of Video-Teleconference Meetings, Other Pandemic-Era Innovations, in Annual Debate on Working Methods

Members of the Security Council grappled with the efficacy of maintaining international peace and security through meetings held via video-teleconference, and with other new technologies, as the 15-...

15 June 2021

Negotiated Political Settlement Only Way to End War, ‘Turn the Tide’ in Yemen, Special Envoy Tells Security Council

Intensive diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and other partners to broker a ceasefire and restart a political process in Yemen have failed to produce tangible progress, the United Nations...

15 June 2021

Special Decolonization Committee Hears Updates on Situation in New Caledonia, Guam amid Calls for Recognizing Right to Self-Determination, Power Imbalances

Highlighting fresh developments in Guam and New Caledonia, delegates provided updates on some of the world’s 17 remaining Non‑Self‑Governing Territories, as the Special Committee on Decolonization...

14 June 2021

Special Committee on Decolonization Approves 3 Draft Resolutions, Elects Rapporteur, as It Opens Substantive 2021 Session

Opening the substantive portion of its 2021 session today, the Special Committee on Decolonization approved three draft resolutions relating to information from and visiting missions to the world’s...

Press Releases

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

18 June 2021

Opportunity to Lift Up Least Developed Countries Lies at Nexus of ‘Multiple and Cascading Crises’, Secretary-General Tells Joint Session of Main Organs

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to a joint thematic event of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on least developed countries, on the theme “...

18 June 2021

António Guterres Stresses Role of Secretary-General as Mediator, Bridge, Trust-Builder, Honest Broker, as He Takes Oath for Second Term

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office, in New York today:

17 June 2021

Higher Education Must Drive More Inclusive Ways to Produce, Share Knowledge, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses, Citing Research-Policy-Society Nexus

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the Coimbra Group Conference on Sustainable Universities in the Twenty-First Century, in Prague today:

17 June 2021

Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds One Entry to Its Sanctions List

On 17 June 2021, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al‑Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings...

17 June 2021

Secretary-General Welcomes Joint Statement on Strategic Stability, Issued by Presidents of Russian Federation, United States

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

17 June 2021

Secretary-General Calls for International Cooperation to Help Middle-Income Countries Gain Greater Market Access, Tackle Mounting Debt Burdens

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Middle-Income Countries, held today:

17 June 2021

Secretary-General, in Video Message, Calls for Support to Meet Acute Needs of Venezuela’s 5.6 Million Migrants, Refugees Facing ‘Great Hardship’

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Venezuela Donors’ Conference, held today:

16 June 2021

Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Leadership that Delivers Results towards Green Development, Net-Zero Carbon Emissions, Closing Annual Global Compact Summit

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s closing remarks to the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, today:

16 June 2021

Equip Tomorrow’s Leaders to Build Safer, Greener, More Resilient Societies, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Business Education Forum

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Global Forum, today:

16 June 2021

Make Healthy Land Central in All Planning, Urges Secretary-General, in Message for World Day to Combat Desertification, Drought

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed on 17 June: