Meetings Coverage

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

27 November 2020

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Recommends Suspending Consultative Status of 187 Entities, Reinstating 56, in Exceptional Resumed Session

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) held an exceptional one‑day 2020 resumed session today owing to the COVID‑19 pandemic, during which it recommended suspending the consultative...

27 November 2020

Second Committee Approves Three Resolutions, including One on Protecting Global Climate for Present, Future Generations

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved three draft resolutions, including one urging Member States and other stakeholders to bolster collective action in tackling negative...

25 November 2020

Economic and Social Council Completes Bureau, Adjusts Session of Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations amid COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions

The Economic and Social Council adopted the provisional agenda for the 2021 session of the Committee on Non‑Governmental Organizations today, adopting a decision that adjusts the subsidiary body’s...

24 November 2020

Second Committee Approves 17 Resolutions, Including on Eradicating Rural Poverty, Inclusion of Migrants in COVID-19 Response, Recovery Efforts

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved 17 draft resolutions, voting on 5 of them, including one calling upon Member States to take steps to support the full inclusion of...

23 November 2020

Adopting 10 Resolutions on Cooperation with Regional Groups, General Assembly Fills Subsidiary Body Vacancies, Re-Elects High Commissioner for Refugees

The General Assembly adopted 10 resolutions today promoting cooperation between the United Nations and a host of regional and international organizations, and re‑elected Filippo Grandi (Italy) as...

19 November 2020

Taking Action on 29 Draft Texts, Sixth Committee Delegates Highlight Session’s Unique Challenges, Limitations amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Concluding its seventy-fifth session today — after weeks of deliberations marked by socially distanced meetings and masked delegates — the Sixth Committee (Legal) upheld its tradition of consensus by...

19 November 2020

Third Committee Sends 15 Drafts to General Assembly, Concludes Session amid Sparring over Arbitrary Executions, Self-Determination

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) concluded its work today, approving 15 draft resolutions on issues ranging from freedom of religion and combating intolerance, to missing...

19 November 2020

Conflict-Sensitive COVID-19 Responses Key for Averting Deep Crisis in Many Countries, Speakers Warn Joint Economic and Social Council-Peacebuilding Commission Meeting

With the world still deep in the grip of COVID‑19, many countries find themselves no more than a crisis or two away from sliding into conflict, speakers warned today during a virtual joint meeting of...

Press Releases

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

1 December 2020

As Pandemic Severs Global Aviation, Secretary-General Urges Industry to Become Resilient, Sustainable, in International Day Observance Message

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day Civil Aviation Day, today:

1 December 2020

Speakers in Palestinian Rights Committee Observe International Day of Solidarity, Call for Conference to Advance Peace Process during 2021

In the context of a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by COVID‑19, speakers called on Israel to end its illegal practices and enable an environment conducive to a negotiated peace with Palestinians, as...

1 December 2020

Secretary-General’s Observance Message Stresses Need to Account for Hopes, Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Accessible, Sustainable Post-Pandemic World

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

1 December 2020

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning Iraq Removes One Individual and Eleven Entities from Its Sanctions List

On 1 December 2020, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1518 (2003) approved the removal of the following individual and entities from its List of Individuals and...

1 December 2020

Honour Second World War Dead by Upholding United Nations Charter, Joining Global Ceasefire, Secretary-General Tells General Assembly at Commemorate Meeting

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly Solemn Meeting in Commemoration of all Victims of the Second World War, held today:

1 December 2020

Secretary-General Appoints François Batalingaya of Rwanda United Nations Resident Coordinator in Comoros

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed François Batalingaya of Rwanda as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Comoros, with the host Government’s approval.

1 December 2020

New Global Deal That Shares Power, Resources Would Be Crucial in Building Just, Sustainable Future, Secretary-General Tells World Summit for Social Development

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development, held today:

1 December 2020

Only Two-State Solution Realizing Both Palestinian, Israeli Aspirations Can Yield Sustainable Peace, Secretary-General Reiterates, in International Day Remarks

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2020 Virtual Meeting, held today:

1 December 2020

Women, Girls Remain Vast Majority of 40 Million Slavery Victims, Secretary-General Points Out in International Day Message

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, today:

1 December 2020

Global Compact on Migration Crucial for Recovery from COVID-19, Secretary-General Says at Launch of Report, Stressing Human Diversity ‘an Asset, Not a Threat’

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the launch of the report “From Promise to Action:  The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”, today: