Meetings Coverage

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

22 February 2018

Amid Widespread Violence, Lack of Humanitarian Aid in Central African Republic, Inroads to Peace, Civilian Protection Under Way, Security Council Hears

Widespread violence and a lack of humanitarian aid in the Central African Republic had put half the population at risk, but Government efforts to restore State authority and protect civilians were...

22 February 2018

Opening 2018 Session, Special Committee on Decolonization Elects New Chair, Moves Forward with New Caledonia Mission

The Special Committee on Decolonization opened its 2018 session today, electing by acclamation Walton Alfonso Webson (Antigua and Barbuda) as its Chair and agreeing to proceed with a visiting mission...

22 February 2018

Despite Calls to End ‘Hell on Earth’, Security Council Divided over Course of Action for Halting Hostilities in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Despite pleas for an immediate, united call to action to stop the bloodshed and killing that was plunging parts of Syria into “hell on Earth”, the Security Council remained divided in how to...

21 February 2018

Adapt Peacemaking, Security Tools to Overcome Humanitarian Crisis, Emerging Crisis Worldwide, Particularly in Syria, Speakers Urge Security Council

The Security Council must swiftly and effectively discharge all its power and responsibilities to overcome emerging threats and prevent massacres, genocide and the killing of civilians around the...

21 February 2018

At Organizational Meeting, Disarmament Commission Elects Chair, Vice-Chairs for 2018 Substantive Session, Further Adds New Items to Agenda

The Disarmament Commission elected the Chair and five Vice-Chairs for its 2018 substantive session today and added two substantive items — focusing on recommendations for achieving nuclear...

20 February 2018

Credible Elections, Safe Return of Displaced Persons Key for Establishing Lasting Stability in Iraq, Special Representative Tells Security Council

Held up as a shining example of positive developments in the region, Iraq had succeeded in overcoming many obstacles, yet challenges remained to establish lasting stability, the Special...

Press Releases

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

21 February 2018

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Guinea-Bissau

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mansour Ayyad Sh. A. Alotaibi (Kuwait):

21 February 2018

Activities of Secretary-General in Germany, 15-16 February

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres arrived in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, 15 February, to attend the Munich Security Conference.

21 February 2018

Activities of Secretary-General in Portugal, 19 February

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was in Libson, Portugal, on Monday, 19 February, to receive an honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Lisbon.

21 February 2018

Secretary-General Calls Charter ‘Our Living Template for Serving We the Peoples’, in Remarks to Security Council Briefing

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council briefing on “purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter in the maintenance of international peace and...

20 February 2018

Secretary-General Deeply Alarmed by Escalating Situation in Ghouta, Syria, Noting Devastating Impact on Civilians

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

20 February 2018

Dialogue ‘for Reconciliation, for Reason’ on Israel, Palestine Is Now More Important than Ever, Secretary-General Tells Security Council

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council at the briefing on the Middle East, in New York today: