Meetings Coverage

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

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...

18 November 2020

Second Committee Approves 15 Resolutions, including One Emphasizing Pandemic’s Adverse Impact on Markets, Global Supply Chains

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved 15 draft resolutions, voting on five of them, including one emphasizing the disruption COVID-19 has had on open‑market functioning, global...

18 November 2020

Third Committee Approves 7 Drafts on Human Rights in Myanmar, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as Delegates Denounce ‘Intrusive’ Demands

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) sent seven draft resolutions to the General Assembly today, five of which were focused on country-specific situations and subject to heated...

18 November 2020

Speakers Seek Details on Efficiency, Cost Benefits of Restructured Peace, Security Architecture, as Fifth Committee Reviews Progress in Implementation

Speakers today urged the Secretariat to closely track the efficiency and cost benefits gained from the massive restructuring of the United Nations peace and security architecture into two main...

17 November 2020

Third Committee Approves 12 Drafts on Organ Donation, Rights to Privacy, Development, amid Sparring over Death Penalty Moratorium

In a full day of action, held in person, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved 12 draft resolutions, including 8 on human rights questions and 2 on crime prevention.

Press Releases

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

23 November 2020

Agreement on Indirect-Voting Plan for Upcoming Elections Ended Political Stalemate in Somalia, Special Representative Tells Security Council

The recent consensus among Somalia’s leaders on a plan to hold forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections through indirect voting ended a two-year political stalemate between the Federal...

23 November 2020

Pandemic Created Opportunity for Global ReSet, Says Secretary-General in Closing Remarks to High-Level Dialogue, Stressing ‘We Must Seize It’

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ closing remarks at the high‑level interactive dialogue with heads of regional and other organizations, today:

23 November 2020

Multilateral Partnerships More Important than Ever to Tackle Global, Regional Crises, Secretary-General Tells Heads of Organizations at High-Level Dialogue

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ opening remarks at the high‑level interactive dialogue with heads of regional and other organizations, today:

23 November 2020

Inclusive, Climate-Resilient Economies Offer Solutions to Global Challenges, Pandemic, Secretary-General Tells Industrial Development Board

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the forty-eighth session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Industrial Development...

23 November 2020

In World Wrestling with COVID-19, Rising Inequality, Freedom of Authors to ‘Speak Their Minds’ More Important Than Ever, Secretary-General Tells Publishers Forum

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the International Publishers Association General Assembly, held today:

22 November 2020

World Has Moral Obligation to Ensure Future Generations Not Burdened by Mountain of Debt on Broken Planet, Secretary-General Tells G20 Summit

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks, as delivered, to the Group of 20 (G20) Riyadh Summit‑Session II:  Building an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Future, today:

21 November 2020

Countries Need Resources to Recover from COVID-19 Crisis, Secretary-General Warns International Finance Forum, Calling for Extended, Expanded Suspension of Debt

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the International Finance Forum 2020 annual meeting, in Guangzhou, China, today:

21 November 2020

Condemning Rocket Attacks in Kabul, Secretary-General Says Upcoming Afghanistan Peace Conference Chance to Renew Efforts towards Peaceful, Prosperous Country

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

20 November 2020

Warning Yemen in ‘Imminent Danger’ of Worst Famine World Has Seen for Decades, Secretary-General Urges Immediate Action to Avert Catastrophe

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

20 November 2020

Secretary-General Expresses Concern over Deadly Clashes in Uganda Following Protests

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