Meetings Coverage

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

17 February 2017

General Assembly Marks Tenth Anniversary of Convention on Enforced Disappearance amid Calls for Universal Ratification, Greater Prevention Efforts

Despite gains to end enforced disappearance and redress its harrowing legacy on families worldwide, the number of cases of one of the most egregious human rights violations was on the rise, parties...

16 February 2017

United Nations Conference to Negotiate Ban on Nuclear Weapons Holds First Organizational Meeting, Adopts Agenda for 2017 Substantive Session

The United Nations Conference to negotiate a nuclear-weapon ban elected its president today, and adopted — as orally revised — the draft provisional agenda for its four-week substantive session, to...

16 February 2017

Return to ‘Meaningful’ Negotiations More Vital than Ever, Secretary-General Says in Statement, as Palestinian Rights Committee Begins 2017 Session

With prospects for a two-State solution slipping away, a return to meaningful negotiations was more vital than ever, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Palestinian Rights Committee today, as...

16 February 2017

Special Coordinator Urges Israel, Palestinians to Contemplate Future Carefully amid Extremism, Displacement in Middle East

The Middle East continued to be plagued by extremism, bloodshed and displacement that spread intolerance, violence and religious radicalism far beyond the region, the Secretary-General’s Special...

15 February 2017

International Support, Partnerships Vital to Central African Republic’s Stability, Head of Peacekeeping Operations Tells Security Council

The security situation in the capital of the Central African Republic had taken a turn for the better, but it remained a matter of concern in other parts of the country, the Under-Secretary-General...

14 February 2017

Structural Causes of Instability in Guinea-Bissau Must Be Tackled, Top Official Tells Security Council, Urging Parties to Implement Conakry Accord

Any breakthrough in the institutional crisis gripping Guinea-Bissau would be short-lived if the structural causes of instability were not addressed, the senior United Nations official in the West...

Press Releases

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

20 February 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Passing Away of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Volodymyr Yelchenko (Ukraine):

20 February 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Somalia Attack

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Volodymyr Yelchenko (Ukraine):

18 February 2017

Secretary-General Calls for Surge in ‘Peace Diplomacy’ at Munich Security Event, Noting Prevailing Impunity, Unpredictability, Unclear Power Relations

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Munich Security Conference today:

17 February 2017

Secretary-General, Addressing Security Council, Urges Joint Preventive Action against Enforced Disappearance ‘Anywhere, at Any Time, to Any Person’

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, to the high-level meeting to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the...

17 February 2017

Secretary-General Condemns Recent Terrorist Attacks in Iraq, Pledges Solidarity with Nation’s Efforts to Fight Terrorism, Violent Extremism

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

16 February 2017

Secretary-General Welcomes the Gambia’s Decision to Rescind Its Withdrawal from Rome Statute of International Criminal Court

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