Meetings Coverage

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

22 September 2020

Describing COVID-19 Pandemic as Wake-Up Call, Dress Rehearsal for Future Challenges, Secretary-General Opens Annual General Assembly Debate with Vision for Solidarity

World leaders gathered in pre-recorded videos for an unprecedented opening of the General Assembly’s annual general debate today, as the United Nations Secretary-General described the epic upheaval...

21 September 2020

World Leaders Adopt Declaration Promising Safer, More Resilient World for Future Generations, as General Assembly Marks United Nations Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

In a high-level meeting to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, world leaders in the General Assembly gathered in a virtual format today to adopt a declaration honouring...

18 September 2020

Endorsing General Committee’s First Report, General Assembly Adopts Upcoming Session Work Programme, Placing Responsibility to Protect, Situation in Ukraine on Agenda

The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of its General Committee, today adopted a work programme and agenda for its seventy‑fifth session, deciding to include the item “responsibility to...

15 September 2020

New President Echoes Call by Predecessor for Progressive, Multilateral Action to Defeat COVID-19, as General Assembly Concludes Current Session, Opens Seventy-Fifth

The General Assembly concluded its seventy-fourth session on Tuesday, with outgoing President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Nigeria) praising delegates for their progressive action, most notably in passing...

15 September 2020

Amid Increased Fighting, Threat of Famine in Yemen, Warring Parties Must Work towards Nationwide Ceasefire Declaration, Top Officials Tell Security Council

With fighting intensifying in Yemen and the threat of famine looming large as donor countries fail to deliver on their humanitarian pledges, the parties to the conflict — which flared in 2015 — must...

15 September 2020

Security Council Extends United Nations Mission in Afghanistan for One Year, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2543 (2020)

The Security Council today decided to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, welcoming newly launched intra-Afghan negotiations and encouraging the...

15 September 2020

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Mission in Libya for 12 Months, Adopting Resolution 2542 (2020)

The Security Council today decided to extend for one year the mandate of its integrated special political mission in Libya, listing a range of mediation and good offices tasks, while also charging...

14 September 2020

General Assembly Hears Calls for More Multilateral Cooperation, Information Sharing to Defeat COVID-19, as Speakers Explain Their Votes on Global Health Threats Text

The General Assembly convened today to hold the first meeting of its thirty-first special session on the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting one decision — and taking note of six others recently approved...

Press Releases

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

22 September 2020

Secretary-General Calls for Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Responses, Promotion of Sign Language Cultures, on International Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Sign Languages, observed on 23 September:

22 September 2020

COVID-19 Dress Rehearsal for World of Challenges to Come, Secretary-General Tells General Assembly

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ address to the General Assembly, in New York today:

22 September 2020

United Nations, African Union, Issue Joint Call to Silence Guns Amid Small Arms Amnesty Month

NEW YORK, 22 September (Office for Disarmament Affairs) — In a joint statement, the senior United Nations disarmament official and a top African Union official have declared small arms enablers of...

21 September 2020

We Must Turn COVID-19 Tragedy into Opportunity, Secretary-General Says, in Message Accepting Concordia Leadership Award

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video-message acceptance of the Concordia Leadership Award during the 2020 Concordia Annual Summit:

21 September 2020

Global Compact Indispensable in Bringing Businesses Together for Transformation of Society, Secretary-General Tells Private Sector Forum

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video remarks for the Private Sector Forum, held virtually today:

21 September 2020

Secretary-General Appoints Babatunde Ahonsi of Nigeria United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone

On 21 September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Babatunde Ahonsi of Nigeria as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, with the host Government’s approval.

21 September 2020

Secretary-General Appoints Zahira Virani of Canada United Nations Resident Coordinator in Angola

On 21 September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Zahira Virani of Canada as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Angola, with the host Government’s approval.

21 September 2020

Inclusive, Networked Multilateralism Vital for Better World Governance, Says Secretary-General, at General Assembly’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Meeting

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly meeting marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, in New York today:

18 September 2020

Time to Press for Lasting Political Solution in Syria, Easing Its People’s Suffering amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Special Envoy Tells Security Council

With relative calm prevailing in Syria and the need to alleviate the suffering of its people all the more urgent amid the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to press ahead towards a lasting political...

18 September 2020

Time Is Now for Bold Choices, Investment in Sustainable Development Goals, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses, as Efforts Centre on Decade of Action

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Sustainable Development Goals Moment, in New York today: