6 August 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, in Hiroshima, Japan, today:

6 August 2020

A flight carrying ventilators, protective masks and other essential medical supplies landed in Papua New Guinea today, marking the start of the World Food Programme’s humanitarian air service for the Pacific, which aims to help the region’s countries and territories bolster the Covid-19 pandemic response.

7 July 2020

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that it is providing tents, water, tanks and toilets to the more than 3,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo that arrived in north-western Uganda last week during a temporary opening of two border crossing points.

30 June 2020

An estimated 4.1 million girls will be subjected to female genital mutilation this year and if programmes and services stay shut for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that figure will reach 6.1 million by 2030, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s “State of World Population 2020” report issued today.

30 June 2020

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is facing many challenges, including the United States withdrawal from the 2015 landmark agreement and possible Iranian breaches of the arms transfer provisions of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), but it nevertheless remains the best way to ensure that Tehran’s nuclear programme is peaceful, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a 30 June videoconference meeting of the 15-member organ.

30 April 2020

On 29 April 2020, Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations and Chair of the 1540 Committee, on behalf of the Committee, provided a briefing to the Security Council about resolution 1540 (2004) and the related Comprehensive Review currently under way (document S/2020/347).

26 March 2020

The following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the forty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological Weapons Convention:

26 March 2020

The Secretary-General addressed the Group of 20 virtual summit on the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that transmission of the virus must be suppressed as quickly as possible through a coordinated response mechanism guided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

20 March 2020

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees airlifted emergency relief items to Chad on 19 March, responding to the humanitarian needs of some 10,000 Sudanese refugees.  Clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur region since late 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people, mostly women and children, to cross the border into Chad.

5 March 2020

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

28 February 2020

The Disarmament Commission deferred the start of its 2020 organizational session today, for the second time in as many weeks, reflecting a deepening impasse over the Host Country’s non-issuance of visas to some delegates.

26 February 2020

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve (Belgium):

26 February 2020

The upcoming conference to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons — which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of its entry into force — will be an opportunity not only to celebrate that instrument’s many achievements, but also to ensure that it remains the lynchpin of the global disarmament and non-proliferation regime, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told the Security Council today.

18 February 2020

The Disarmament Commission deferred the start of its 2020 organizational session meeting for 10 days today to enable the Committee on Relations with the Host Country to address the Russian Federation’s concerns over the non-issuance of delegates’ visas by the United States.

28 January 2020

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the 2020 session of the Conference on Disarmament, as delivered by Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, today:

24 January 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has made a major push to empower youth, recognizing their role as the ultimate force for change and noting that they have proven their power in support of the cause of disarmament.  The General Assembly also reaffirmed the important and positive contribution that young people can make to the promotion and attainment of sustainable development and peace, unanimously adopting a new resolution titled “Youth, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control”.

1 January 2020

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

27 November 2019

The Office for Disarmament Affairs welcomes the addition of Humanium Metal to the United Nations Permanent Disarmament Exhibition at Headquarters.

25 November 2019

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, to the Fourth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti‑Personnel Mines, in Oslo today:

23 November 2019

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