Meetings Coverage

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

22 October 2021

Speakers Call for Separate Account Aligned with Peacekeeping Budget Cycle to Finance Special Political Missions, as Fifth Committee Reviews Proposed Funding for 2022

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today took up the Secretary‑General’s request for $730.7 million to fund 38 special political missions in 2022, with several delegations renewing...

22 October 2021

Third Committee Delegates Demand Debt Cancellation, Creation of Just World Order as Experts Denounce Rights Violations in Myanmar, Elsewhere

Delegates in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today demanded freedom from unsustainable debt financing terms, as they tackled a range of areas in which human rights must be at...

22 October 2021

Delegates Underline Need for Equitable Use of Outer Space Technology, Welcome Innovative Digital Peacekeeping Tools, as Fourth Committee Continues Debate

Emphasizing the need to bridge the technological divide between developed and developing countries in the peaceful uses of outer space, delegates called for more capacity‑building activities and...

22 October 2021

Concluding Debate on Universal Jurisdiction Principle, Sixth Committee Speakers Wrestle with Challenging Balance between State Sovereignty, Fighting Impunity

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) concluded its debate on the scope and application of universal jurisdiction today, delegates wrestled with the challenging balance between State sovereignty — along...

21 October 2021

Lauding Pandemic Response, Sixth Committee Speakers Urge Programme of Assistance to Have More Diverse Educational Materials, Resume In-Person Courses

While commending the flexibility with which the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law responded to the COVID‑19 pandemic, speakers...

21 October 2021

Laws Disenfranchising Minorities, People with Disabilities Rely on Inaccurate Historical Narratives to Justify Exclusion, Experts Tell Third Committee

Laws that discriminate against minorities, people with disabilities and individuals affected by leprosy violate a range of human rights, at times relying on inaccurate and biased historical...

21 October 2021

Uptick in Military Coups, Armaments Race Rapidly Setting Back Clock on Women’s Rights, Secretary-General Warns Security Council, at Start of Day-Long Debate

Warning that an “avalanche of crises”, including an uptick in military coups and armament races, is rapidly setting back the clock on women’s rights, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres...

21 October 2021

Illicit Arms Trafficking, Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives, Reviving Stalled Disarmament Machinery Top First Committee’s Final Interactive Debate

High-ranking United Nations officials outlined progress today on a range of issues, including the illicit trade in small arms, integrating gender perspectives into the mainstream, and the need to...

Press Releases

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

22 October 2021

Security Council Press Statement on United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Martin Kimani (Kenya):

22 October 2021

Secretary-General, Addressing Peacebuilding Commission, Says New Agenda for Peace ‘Is Our Platform to Update Promise’ of Saving Future Generations from War

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Peacebuilding Commission on “Our Common Agenda and the New Agenda for Peace”, in New York today:

21 October 2021

Secretary-General Highlights Spirit of Solidarity, in Remarks at United Nations Day Concert, Stressing Need for Recommitment to Charter Values

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the United Nations Day concert, held today:

21 October 2021

Facing Climate Crisis, Secretary-General Urges More Funding for Urban Adaptation, Resilience, Marking World Cities Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Cities Day, observed on 31 October:

21 October 2021

Citing Troubling Reversals in Women’s Rights, Secretary-General Calls on Security Council, Member States to ‘Turn the Clock Forward’ for Half of Humanity

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on women, peace and security, in New York today:

21 October 2021

Secretary-General Notes Key Public Role in Decision-Making, Hails Tools to Protect Environmental Activists, at Meeting of Aarhus Convention Parties

Following is the text of Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the joint high-level segment of the meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in...

20 October 2021

Ambitious Action to Get World Back on Track Can Secure Better Tomorrow for All, Says Deputy Secretary-General in Virtual University Lecture

Following is UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s virtual lecture — “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Realizing Youth Aspirations in a Disrupted World” — as prepared for...

20 October 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Martin Kimani (Kenya):

20 October 2021

Do More ‘to Green the Balance Sheet’, Secretary-General Urges Public Development Banks in Message for Finance in Common Summit

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Finance in Common Summit, in Rome today:

19 October 2021

Values That Have Powered Organization over Last 76 Years Have No Expiry Date, Secretary-General Says in Message for United Nations Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for United Nations Day, observed on 24 October: