Meetings Coverage

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

22 May 2019

Security Council Members Express Alarm over Recent Escalation of Violence in Gaza, Funding Shortfall Affecting Agency for Palestine Refugees

With the recent flare-up of violence in Gaza as the central topic of discussion in the Security Council today, members also considered the funding shortage affecting the United Nations Relief and...

22 May 2019

General Assembly Welcomes International Court of Justice Opinion on Chagos Archipelago, Adopts Text Calling for Mauritius’ Complete Decolonization

The General Assembly adopted a resolution today welcoming a 25 February 2019 International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the legal consequences of separating the Chagos Archipelago from...

22 May 2019

Speakers Call for Country-Specific Approaches as Economic and Social Council Discusses Regional Commissions’ Role in Supporting Sustainable Development

Regional commissions contain a wealth of information, assets and expertise, but greater transparency and efficiency are required to boost their role in supporting sustainable development, panellists...

22 May 2019

Briefers, Delegates Stress Vital Need to Restore Governmental Cooperation, Deny Al-Shabaab Space, as Security Council Takes Up Situation in Somalia

The tasks of restoring cooperation between Somalia’s two tiers of government and denying Al-Shabaab the space to prepare and launch its attacks are vital for the country’s progress, senior officials...

22 May 2019

Fifth Committee Reviews Budget Proposal for Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, Draft Resolution on Financing Interim Force in Lebanon also Introduced

Continuing its consideration of the United Nations peacekeeping budget, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today took up the proposed 2019/20 budget of the United Nations Organization...

21 May 2019

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2470 (2019)

The ongoing political infighting is a costly obstacle to progress in Iraq, where corruption remains pervasive and top ministerial posts remain vacant, the senior United Nations official there told...

Press Releases

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

23 May 2019

Secretary-General, in Message for International Day of Peacekeepers, Urges Concerted Efforts to More Effectively Protect People, Advance Peace

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Peacekeepers, observed on 29 May:

23 May 2019

Secretary-General, in Message to Caritas General Assembly, Stresses Unity in Building Future of Dignity, Peace, Prosperity for All

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Caritas General Assembly, held in Rome from 23 to 28 May:

22 May 2019

United Nations Leadership in Multi-Country Offices Must Be Urgently Strengthened, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Economic and Social Council

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to session VI of the Economic and Social Council’s operational activities for development segment, in New...

22 May 2019

Sustainable Development Goals Unattainable without Stronger Regional Response, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Economic and Social Council

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks to session V of the Economic and Social Council’s operational activities for development segment, in New York today:

22 May 2019

Sustainable Development Reports Underscore Need for Robust Action on Means of Implementation, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses at Briefing

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening and closing remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the informal briefing on the Global Sustainable Development Goals Report and...

22 May 2019

Failure to Reduce Emissions Will Lead to Undermining Sustainable Development, Security across Africa, Secretary-General Warns in Message for Africa Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Africa Day, observed on 25 May: