Meetings Coverage

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

27 October 2021

First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)

Note: Following is a partial summary of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) meetings on 27 October. A complete summary of these meetings of the Committee will be available on...

27 October 2021

Continuing General Debate, Fourth Committee Speakers Emphasize Proper Resourcing of Peacekeepers, Spotlight Mission Transitions as Critical Juncture

Ensuring the safety and proper resourcing of United Nations ‘Blue Helmets’ is key to the successful implementation of peacekeeping mandates, delegates said today, while also underscoring that...

27 October 2021

Amid Grim Humanitarian Situation in Syria, Special Envoy, Briefing Security Council, Says Constitutional Committee Must Continue its Work with Urgency, Purpose

Amid a dire and worsening humanitarian and security situation, constructive diplomacy is urgently needed to help save lives and bring the 10‑year‑long conflict in Syria to an end, the Secretary‑...

27 October 2021

Record 48 Million People Internally Displaced Due to Conflict, Special Rapporteur Tells Third Committee as Delegates Tackle Human Trafficking, Entrenched Racism

Special Rapporteurs presented reports on internal displacement, human trafficking and modern slavery today, warning that the number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries due to...

27 October 2021

As Sixth Committee Continues Debate on International Law Commission Report, First Cluster, Speakers Propose Improved Working Methods, Revised Programme of Work

Continuing their consideration of the International Law Commission’s report today, delegates in the Sixth Committee (Legal) proposed changes to the Commission’s working methods and programme of work...

27 October 2021

Issuing Presidential Statement, Security Council Requests Establishing Integrated Electoral Assistance Team in South Sudan

The Security Council today requested the Secretary‑General to set up a dedicated team to assist the electoral process in South Sudan towards the country’s democratic future, as members also discussed...

26 October 2021

Third Committee Experts Call for Stronger Laws to Uproot Legacies of Colonialism, Tackle Extrajudicial Killings Fueled by Racism as Delegates Support Prosecution

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its interactive dialogues on human rights today with experts calling for stronger international and national laws to uproot the...

26 October 2021

Sixth Committee Tackle Treaties’ Provisional Application, Balancing International Obligations, National Law, as International Law Commission Review Continues

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) continued its consideration of the first cluster of topics from the International Law Commission’s report today, delegates, tackling “Provisional application of...

Press Releases

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

27 October 2021

Secretary-General Calls for Continued Engagement in Afghanistan, Support to Avoid ‘Total Meltdown’ of Economy, at Tehran Conference

Following is the text of Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the meeting on Afghanistan, organized by Iran, in Tehran today:

26 October 2021

New Permanent Representative of Albania Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations, Ferit Hoxha, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

26 October 2021

Carbon-Burning Development Model ‘Death Sentence’ for People, Planet, Secretary-General Tells High-Level Meeting, Urging Bold Climate Action to Limit Global Temperature Rise

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high‑level meeting on “Delivering Climate Action — for People, Planet and Prosperity”, in New York today: 

26 October 2021

‘We Need to Make Lying Wrong Again’, Secretary-General Says at Education Conference, Stressing Misinformation, Hate Speech Threaten Creation of Tolerant, Peaceful World

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the Global Ministerial Conference on Addressing Hate Speech through Education, held virtually today:

25 October 2021

Deputy Secretary-General, at Middle East Green Initiative Summit, Recognizes Pioneering Work to Cut Region’s Fossil Fuel Emissions, Stressing Urgency of Reaching Net Zero

Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohamed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit 2021 Session Titled “International Prospective”, in Riyadh...

25 October 2021

Boosting Support for Poor Countries Critical to Saving Lives from Natural Hazards, Secretary-General Says in World Tsunami Awareness Day Message

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Tsunami Awareness Day, observed on 5 November:

25 October 2021

Secretary-General Appoints Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore Special Envoy on Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as his new Special Envoy on Myanmar.

25 October 2021

Business-as-Usual Guarantees Future of Climate Chaos, Growing Threats to Peace, Secretary-General Tells General Assembly Meeting on ‘Our Common Agenda’

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly on Our Common Agenda:

25 October 2021

Secretary‑General Strongly Condemns ‘Ongoing’ Coup d’État in Sudan, Calling Unlawful Detention of Prime Minister, Government Officials Unacceptable

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

25 October 2021

COVID-19 Has Led to ‘Shadow Pandemic’ of Violence against Women, Girls, Says Secretary-General, in Anniversary Message for United Nations Trust Fund

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the event marking the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women: