Meetings Coverage

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

23 September 2021

Decrying Covid-19 Vaccine Inequity, Speakers in General Assembly Call for Rich Nations to Share Surplus Doses, Patent Waivers Allowing Production in Low-Income Countries

The issue of vaccine equity animated day three of the General Assembly’s annual general debate today, with leaders from nations large and small hailing the development of COVID-19 vaccines as a...

23 September 2021

Differences Emerge over Appropriate Forum for Discussing Climate Change, as Delegates Hold Debate on Links between Global Crisis, Security

Amid clarion calls for bolder action to prevent the worst outcomes of the climate crisis, speakers in a high‑level Security Council debate diverged today on how best to address the phenomenon’s...

22 September 2021

World Leaders Vow Accelerated Fight against Racism, as General Assembly Adopts Text Marking Adoption of Durban Declaration, Action Programme

World leaders, gathering at United Nations Headquarters today, vowed to accelerate the fight against racism in their respective countries, also renewing their commitment to implement the Durban...

22 September 2021

Developing Countries Need More Financial Aid, Influence in Multilateral Institutions to Overcome Economic Devastation from COVID-19, Speakers Tell General Assembly

Developing countries are suffering the brutal economic effects of COVID-19 disproportionately and require more comprehensive financing assistance in the wake of the pandemic, the General Assembly...

21 September 2021

Amid Onslaught of Crises, World Must Restore Trust, Solidarity to Tackle COVID-19, Climate Change, Secretary-General Says, Opening Annual General Assembly Debate

Secretary-General António Guterres issued a wake-up call that the world is on the edge of an abyss and “moving in the wrong direction”, as he called on leaders gathered for the annual General...

17 September 2021

General Assembly Adopts Work Programme, Agenda for Seventy-Sixth Session

The General Assembly today adopted its work programme for the seventy-sixth session, deciding to include a range of new items on its agenda, also noting that practical arrangements will still be...

17 September 2021

Security Council Renews Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2597 (2021)

The Security Council today decided to extend for one year the mandate of the United Nations team tasked with investigating crimes committed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh/ISIL), as...

17 September 2021

Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2596 (2021), Security Council Extends United Nations Mission in Afghanistan for Six Months, as Taliban Establishes Rule across Country

The Security Council decided today to extend until 17 March 2022 the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), as defined in its resolution 2543 (2020), and reiterated...

Press Releases

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

23 September 2021

Secretary-General Stresses Need for Greater Ambition on Climate Adaptation, Finance, Mitigation, at Virtual Meeting with Pacific Islands Forum Leaders

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at his virtual meeting with Pacific Islands Forum leaders, today:

23 September 2021

Urging Remaining Annex II States to Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Secretary-General Tells Conference We Have Been in Limbo for Too Long

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, to the Article XIV Conference of the...

23 September 2021

Deeply Saddened by Passing of John Ruggie, Secretary-General Hails Former Assistant Secretary-General’s Key Role in Crafting Millennium Development Goals

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

23 September 2021

‘The War on Our Planet Must End’, Secretary-General Tells Food Summit, Calling for Systems That Drive Sustainable Development, Global Recovery

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Food Systems Summit, held today:

23 September 2021

Global Climate Crisis’ Dire Impact on Peace, Security Calls for Bolder Collective Action, Secretary-General Tells Security Council

Following are Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council high-level open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security:  climate and security, held today:

22 September 2021

Citing ‘Code Red for Humanity’ Warning, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Business Forum Combating Climate Crisis Core in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the sixth Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum, held today:

22 September 2021

Nature-Based Solutions, Actions Offer Hope for Endangered Planet, Climate Crisis, Deputy Secretary-General Tells High-Level Event

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the high-level event “Transformative Action for Nature and People”, held today:

22 September 2021

In Message to ‘Food Is the Future’ Youth Event, Deputy Secretary-General Lauds Young People’s Leadership, Efforts for Equitable, Sustainable, Healthy Systems

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the “Food is the Future” side event of Youth and Action Tracks ahead of the United Nations Food System Summit,...

22 September 2021

‘We Must Seize Momentum’ from Racial Justice, Equality Movement Led by Women, Youth, Secretary-General Says at Meeting Commemorating Durban Declaration

Following are Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, held today:

22 September 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Sudan

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland):