Meetings Coverage

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

21 January 2021

Calling for Greater Efforts to Promote Culture of Tolerance, General Assembly Adopts Resolution Condemning Offences against Religious Sites

Calling for greater efforts to promote a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, the General Assembly adopted a resolution today inviting the Secretary‑General to convene a global conference...

15 January 2021

General Assembly Adopts Decision Postponing Organizational Session of Ad Hoc Committee Elaborating Anti-Cybercrime Convention, Due to COVID-19 Fears

Citing concerns over COVID-19, the General Assembly decided today to postpone, until 10-12 May 2021, the organizational session of the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International...

31 December 2020

Approving $3.21 Billion Budget, General Assembly Adopts 25 Resolutions, Decisions from Its Main Committees, Concluding Main Part of Seventy-Fifth Session

Concluding the main part of its seventy-fifth session, the General Assembly approved $3.21 billion for 2021 and adopted 22 resolutions and 3 decisions recommended by its Main Committees.

30 December 2020

By 151 Votes in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Fifth Committee Approves $3.21 Billion Budget for 2021, Concluding Main Part of Seventy-Fifth Session

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) wrapped up the main part of its seventy-fifth session on Wednesday by approving resources of $3.21 billion for the 2021 regular budget, the...

21 December 2020

Taking Up Second Committee Reports, General Assembly Adopts 36 Resolutions, including Text Calling for Building Back Better in Wake of Pandemic

As the COVID‑19 pandemic ravages economies and threatens to reverse hard-won development gains, the General Assembly today adopted 36 resolutions and two decisions of its Second Committee (Economic...

21 December 2020

General Assembly Declares International Day of Human Fraternity in Response to Growing Religious Hatred amid Pandemic, Adopts 3 Other Texts on Myriad Issues

The General Assembly, acting without a vote, adopted three resolutions and one decision today, including one calling for a further comprehensive review of United Nations peacebuilding in 2025 and...

16 December 2020

General Assembly Adopts 48 Third Committee Resolutions, Proclaims International Day for People of African Descent, Covering Broad Themes of Human Rights

The General Assembly proclaimed 31 August as the International Day for People of African Descent today, seeking to promote greater recognition and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and...

15 December 2020

Adopting 29 Legal Texts, General Assembly Reaffirms Sixth Committee’s Vital Role in Progressive Development of International Law

The General Assembly today reaffirmed the vital role of the Sixth Committee (Legal) as its primary forum for considering legal questions, adopting without a vote 19 draft resolutions and 10 draft...

Press Releases

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

22 January 2021

New Permanent Representative of South Africa Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Mathu Joyini, presented her credentials to the Secretariat today.

22 January 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Baghdad

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Tarek Ladeb (Tunisia):

22 January 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Central African Republic

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Tarek Ladeb (Tunisia):

22 January 2021

Secretary-General Welcomes Entry into Force of First Global Nuclear Treaty in Decades, Praises Survivors’ Testimony as Driving ‘Moral Force’

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message on the occasion of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, today:

21 January 2021

Special Representative Outlines Priority Areas for Progress in Colombia, as Security Council Members Share Concern over Continuing Deadly Attacks

Foreign Minister Cites Threat Posed by Armed Groups, Drug Traffickers, Highlighting Safety, Security Challenges

21 January 2021

Deputy Secretary-General Calls for ‘Stronger and Fairer’ Revenue Base, Progressive Policies amid COVID-19, Opening Nigeria Tax Dialogue

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s message on the importance of domestic resource mobilization for the Sustainable Development Goals, at the opening of Nigeria’s...

21 January 2021

Secretary-General Announces Appointments to Independent Senior Advisory Panel on Syria Humanitarian Deconfliction System

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

21 January 2021

Top Official Calls Upon Security Council to Deploy More Peacekeepers in Central African Republic, amid Post-election Surge in Violence

The Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) appealed, during a videoconference meeting of the Security Council today,...

21 January 2021

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Deadly Double Suicide Bombing in Iraq

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

20 January 2021

Despite Fragile Calm in Syria, Political Track Has Yielded Few Results, Special Envoy Warns Security Council ahead of Constitutional Committee’s Fifth Session

Syria is experiencing the calmest period of its decade-long conflict, but the political process has yet to deliver substantive results for the Syrian people nor a real vision for the future, the...