Meetings Coverage

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

27 March 2020

Rapid Suppression of COVID-19 Transmission ‘Must Be Our Common Strategy’, Secretary-General Stresses in Virtual Briefing to Member States

Solidarity is “the first line of defence” against the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to wipe out years of development gains and throw millions of people back into poverty, the highest-ranking United...

12 March 2020

Concluding Annual Session, Special Peacekeeping Operations Committee Approves Draft Report Outlining Proposals, Conclusions on Range of Substantive Items

Concluding its work today, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations approved, as orally revised, the draft report of its 2020 substantive session (document A/AC.121/2020/L.3).

12 March 2020

Escalating Violence Threatens Quest for Political Resolution of Conflict in Yemen, Senior Officials Warn Security Council

The recent escalation of violence in Yemen is jeopardizing the quest for a political solution to the conflict in that country and inflicting significant harm on civilians, senior United Nations...

12 March 2020

Security Council Renews Mandate of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2514 (2020)

The Security Council decided to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today amid encouraging developments in that country’s peace process, including the beginning of...

11 March 2020

Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Calling for Greater Efforts to Help Africa Fight Terrorism, as Delegates Denounce ‘Insufficient’ Current Approaches

Terrorism and violent extremism pose a significant and growing threat to peace and security in Africa and the international community must redouble its efforts to strengthen the continent’s ability...

11 March 2020

Speakers Seek More Details on Improving Staff Performance, Organizational Culture, as Fifth Committee Reviews Roll-Out of Accountability Framework across Secretariat

Speakers praised and called for more details about the roll-out of a new framework for assigning senior managers greater authority to make decisions and hold their staff accountable for results, as...

11 March 2020

General Assembly Postpones Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Conference to Draft Marine Biodiversity Treaty in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The General Assembly today decided to postpone the fourth session of the intergovernmental conference to draft a new global instrument on biodiversity in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction,...

10 March 2020

Security Council Welcomes Significant Steps towards Ending War in Afghanistan, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2513 (2020)

The Security Council welcomed the significant steps taken towards ending the war in Afghanistan and opening the door to intra-Afghan negotiations enabled by the recent peace agreement signed by the...

Press Releases

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

22 May 2020

What Afflicts One Part Hurts All, Secretary-General Says in Talks with Organization of Islamic Cooperation on ‘COVID-19 Solidarity’

Following are UN Secretary-General remarks to the virtual interactive discussion with member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on “COVID-19 Solidarity:  Promoting Co-Existence...

22 May 2020

Secretary-General Appoints Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya as Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

22 May 2020

Secretary-General Applauds Africa’s Response to COVID-19 in Observance Message, while Stressing Need for Improved Health, Social Protection Systems

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Africa Day, observed on 25 May:

21 May 2020

COVID-19, Severe Locust Outbreaks Compound Economic, Security Woes in Somalia Ahead of Long-Awaited Elections, Experts Tells Security Council

The COVID-19 pandemic poses grave consequences in Somalia ahead of long-awaited elections as the Government grapples to address terrorist attacks, floods, an extreme locust infestation and at least 5...

21 May 2020

Women-Led Countries Responded Better to COVID-19, Outperforming Those Run by Men, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Creative Diversity Dialogue “Build Back Better”

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the BBC creative diversity dialogue “Build Back Better”, on 21 May:

21 May 2020

COVID-19 Exposing Inequalities, Cost of Weak Health, Social Protection Systems, Deputy Secretary-General Tells New York City Webinar Series

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the webinar series organized by New York City on “Global Vision/Urban Action:  Collaborating for a...

21 May 2020

Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds One Entry to Its Sanctions List

On 21 May 2020, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings...

21 May 2020

United Nations Launches Global Initiative to Combat Misinformation, Led by Department of Global Communications

Today the United Nations is launching “Verified”, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.