Meetings Coverage

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

14 May 2021

Despite Record $1 Billion Received in Regular Budget Contributions, Late Payments Still Hindering Mandate Implementation, Speakers Tell Fifth Committee

The recent improvement in the United Nations cash position isn’t something to celebrate yet, as the world body continues to face difficulty carrying out its mandates without adequate financial...

3 May 2021

Speakers Hail Late Chad President’s Role in Securing Stability at Home, Fighting Extremism Abroad, as General Assembly Honours Idriss Déby Itno

Following the battlefield death of President Idriss Déby Itno on 20 April, senior United Nations officials and representatives of regional groups convened in the General Assembly today to pay tribute...

3 May 2021

Speakers Call for Adequate Funds, Personnel to Implement Peacekeeping Mandates, as Fifth Committee Begins Second Resumed Session, Reviews Work Programme

Speakers began discussing the Secretary-General’s proposed $6.47 billion budget to cover the cost of a dozen United Nations peacekeeping missions in 2021/22, while stressing the need to break a four-...

30 April 2021

Concluding Session, Indigenous Issues Permanent Forum Approves Recommendations on Human Rights Meeting, Security Council Partnership, Global Action Plan Funding

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its annual session this afternoon, approving several recommendations which reflected this year’s central theme “Peace, justice and strong...

28 April 2021

Pledging Support for Volcano-Ravaged Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, General Assembly Also Adopts First-Ever Draft on Global Drowning Prevention, Four Other Texts

The General Assembly, adopting four resolutions and one decision this morning, pledged its support for all those affected by a series of devastating recent volcano eruptions on the Caribbean island...

27 April 2021

Delegates in Information Committee Call for Expanded United Nations Multilingual Communications Strategy to End Rapid Spread of Disinformation Worldwide

The Committee on Information continued its annual session today, as delegates decried the epidemic of disinformation spreading around the world faster than the COVID-19 virus and tasked the United...

26 April 2021

At Meeting Marking Anniversary of Chernobyl Disaster, General Assembly President Says Global Community Must Build Resilience, Prepare for Unexpected Challenges

International cooperation is vital in reducing disaster risks and building resilience as the world is not insured against future tragedies, speakers told the General Assembly during its commemoration...

26 April 2021

COVID-19 Infodemic ‘Immediate Test Case’ for Global Communications Department’s Vision of Peaceful, Equitable World, Under-Secretary-General Tells Information Committee

The massive spread of misinformation and disinformation and surge of hate speech that has coalesced to undermine global public health during the COVID-19 crisis presents an “immediate test case” for...

Press Releases

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

17 May 2021

Secretary-General Calls for Strengthening Rights-Based Responses, Tackling Urgent Justice, Rule of Law Priorities, in Message to Crime Prevention Commission

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the thirtieth session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice:

17 May 2021

New Permanent Observer for International Renewable Energy Agency Presents Appointment Letter

The new Permanent Observer for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to the United Nations, Alain Wilfried Biya, presented his letter of appointment to UN Secretary-General António...

17 May 2021

New Permanent Representative of Burundi Pays Courtesy Call on Secretary-General

The new Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations, Zéphyrin Maniratanga, paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

17 May 2021

New Permanent Representative of Bahamas Pays Courtesy Call on Secretary-General

The new Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations, Chet Donovan Neymour, paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

17 May 2021

New Permanent Representative of Belize Pays Courtesy Call on Secretary-General

The new Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations, Carlos C. Fuller, paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

16 May 2021

Senseless Cycle of Bloodshed, Destruction between Israel, Palestinians in Gaza Must Stop Now, Secretary-General Tells Security Council

As fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza broke furiously into its seventh day, foreign ministers in the Security Council today called unequivocally for an immediate end to the bloodshed,...

14 May 2021

Secretary-General Calls for Immediate Halt to Fighting in Israel, Gaza

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

14 May 2021

Approving Text on Peacekeeping Operations, Fourth Committee Calls for General Assembly’s Endorsement of New Proposals, Recommendations

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), acting without a vote today, approved a resolution endorsing the latest report of the 34-member Special Committee on Peacekeeping...

12 May 2021

Urging Parties in Yemen to Make Concessions, Conclude Peace Deal, Briefers Caution Security Council of Impending Humanitarian, Ecological Catastrophes

Relentless military escalation by Ansar Allah in Yemen’s northern Marib region, along with import restrictions at Hudaydah, the closure of Sana’a International Airport and the absence of a political...

12 May 2021

Citing Disturbing Protection Rollbacks, Secretary-General Affirms LGBTIQ+ Rights, Dignity, Commemorating International Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, observed on 17 May: