Meetings Coverage

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

26 October 2020

Member States Credit United Nations with Putting Them on Path to Stability, Better Future, as General Assembly Concludes Meeting Marking Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

The General Assembly today concluded its high-level meeting to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, with several Member States remembering how the Organization’s...

23 October 2020

Curb Spread of COVID-Related Misinformation, Discrimination, Delegates Urge Department of Global Communications, as Fourth Committee Continues Debate

Delegates called upon the United Nations Department of Global Communications to counter the spread of misinformation and discrimination associated with the COVID‑19 pandemic, as the Fourth Committee...

23 October 2020

Tackling Host Country Report, Sixth Committee Speakers Highlight Abuses of Headquarters Agreement, Urge Secretary-General to Invoke Arbitration

Complaints and concerns about the abuse of the Headquarters Agreement by the United States dominated discussion in the Sixth Committee (Legal) today, as delegations took up the report of the...

22 October 2020

Delegates Urge Administering Powers to Fulfil Obligations Under Decolonization Declaration, as Fourth Committee Continues Joint General Debate

As the as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its joint general debate today, some delegates called upon the administering Powers of Non‑Self‑Governing Territories...

22 October 2020

Sixth Committee Speakers Highlight How Corruption, Illicit Financial Flows, Decolonization Issues Undermine Trust of Rule of Law, as Debate Concludes

Concerns about corruption, decolonization and safe havens for illicit financial flows were at the forefront today as delegates, concluding the debate on strengthening the rule of law, reported on...

22 October 2020

Governments of Sudan, South Sudan Should Leverage Improved Bilateral Ties to Resolve Disputes over Strife-Torn Abyei Border Region, Speakers Tell Security Council

The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan should leverage their burgeoning bilateral rapprochement to make progress on the sensitive issue of the Abyei border region, Security Council members urged...

21 October 2020

Alarmed by Genocide Denial in Rwanda, Former Yugoslavia, General Assembly Delegates Commend Residual Mechanism for Progress on Cases amid COVID-19

The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals appealed to Member States of the General Assembly today for their continued support as it adapts its working methods to...

20 October 2020

Efforts to Strengthen, Promote Rule of Law impacted by 'Game-Changer' Pandemic, Senior Official Tells Sixth Committee, as Debate on Principle Continues

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) continued its debate on the rule of law at the national and international levels today, the Assistant Secretary‑General for Strategic Coordination introduced the...

Press Releases

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

30 October 2020

As COVID-19 Crisis Unfolded, Human Rights Council Moved Fast to Address Evolving Ground Conditions, its President Tells Third Committee amid Calls for Fairness

As the COVID‑19 crisis unfolded into a human rights emergency, the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and its mandate holders quickly mobilized to carry out their work despite multiple challenges, its...

30 October 2020

Directors of Regional Centres Call for More Funding to Advance Disarmament Goals, as First Committee Holds Virtual Dialogue, Highlighting Progress amid Pandemic

Highlighting progress made amid COVID‑19 pandemic-related challenges, directors of United Nations regional centres called for increased funding to further advance arms reduction initiatives, while...

30 October 2020

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara by 13 Votes in Favour, 2 Abstentions

The Security Council decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations peace operation in Western Sahara for one year today, with the voting results announced by videoconference, in accordance with...

30 October 2020

Zambian Peacekeeper to Receive 2020 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, 3 November

The United Nations Department of Peace Operations announced that Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia, currently serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will be named the...

30 October 2020

On Eve of Presidential Election in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary-General Urges All Ivorians to Ensure Polls Are Conducted Peacefully

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

30 October 2020

COVID-19 Impacting Global Security with Heightened Volatility, Increased Threats to United Nations Personnel, Secretary-General Says in New Report

The global security environment has entered a phase of heightened and extended volatility, with increased threats of civil unrest and a steady rise in instability across the globe, United Nations...

30 October 2020

Stressing Constant Increase of Global Military Spending Must End, Secretary-General Warns Gains in Achieving Women, Peace, Security Agenda Too Slow, Easily Reversible

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the high-level event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network “20 Years after United Nations Security...

30 October 2020

Better Management of Natural Resources Could Help War-Torn Societies Achieve Peace, Secretary-General Says in International Day Message, Calling for Bold Action

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, observed on 6 November:

30 October 2020

Free Press Important Defence against ‘Pandemic of Misinformation’, Secretary-General Says in Observance Message, Citing Increased Attacks, Constraints on Journalists

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, observed on 2 November:

29 October 2020

Third Committee Delegates Debate Acceptable Limits to Privacy Rights, Personal Data Use During Pandemic, as Expert Warns Against ‘Omni-Present’ Surveillance

Personal data has become a tool for Governments, scientists and companies in the fight against COVID‑19, the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian...