Meetings Coverage

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

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...

15 December 2020

Economic and Social Council Adopts 3 Non-Governmental Organization Committee Texts, Postpones Action on Decision to Re-open 2020 Session

The Economic and Social Council adopted three decisions related to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and postponed a decision today, stemming from COVID-19 pandemic-related changes to...

14 December 2020

Cautiously Optimistic about COVID-19 Vaccine, Speakers in General Assembly Say Multilateral Approaches Key for Ensuring Unhindered, Equitable Distribution

Delegates struck a cautiously hopeful note as the General Assembly completed its special session dedicated to the COVID‑19 pandemic, while stressing the need for multilateral approaches to...

Press Releases

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

15 January 2021

Activities of the Secretary-General in United Kingdom, Conducted Virtually, 10-11 January

On Sunday, 10 January, the Secretary-General began his first virtual official visit to the United Kingdom to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first Session of the United Nations General...

15 January 2021

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Deadly Attack on United Nations Convoy in Central African Republic

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

15 January 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland Deputy Special Representative for Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and...

15 January 2021

Science Succeeding But Solidarity Failing, Warns Secretary-General, Citing ‘Vaccine Vacuum’ in Poor Nations, as COVID-19 Death Toll Hits 2 Million

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message marking the two millionth global death from COVID-19, today:

15 January 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Nicholas Haysom of South Africa Special Representative in South Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in South...

15 January 2021

Global Migration Growth Slowed by 27 Per Cent in 2020, Following Decades of Robust Increase, Annual Report Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all forms of human mobility through the closing of national borders and halting of travel worldwide, according to a newly released United Nations report.

14 January 2021

Security Council Press Statement on Attack against United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

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

14 January 2021

United States’ Designation of Houthi Militia as Foreign Terrorist Organization Risks Expediting Large-Scale Famine in Yemen, Speakers Warn Security Council

The United States’ decision on 10 January to designate the Houthi militia as a foreign terrorist organization risks accelerating Yemen’s slide into large-scale famine, speakers warned today during a...

14 January 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Bintou Keita of Guinea Special Representative in Democratic Republic of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Bintou Keita of Guinea as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization...

14 January 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Elena Panova of Bulgaria United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt

On 11 January, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Elena Panova of Bulgaria as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt, with the host Government’s approval.