Meetings Coverage

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

24 September 2020

Africa Needs Fiscal Space, More Representation in Security Council as COVID 19 Erases Hard Won Development Gains Across Continent, Speakers Tell General Assembly

Fears that the COVID‑19 pandemic is reversing hard‑fought development gains, particularly in Africa, were conveyed today with 33 Heads of State and Government taking the digital stage as the General...

23 September 2020

Pandemic Recovery Assistance, Debt Relief Vital to Keeping Developing Countries’ Economies Afloat, Speakers Stress As General Assembly Continues Annual Debate

While the COVID‑19 pandemic represents a stress test for the international community, it is also an opportunity to build a fairer, greener global economy, the General Assembly heard today as it...

22 September 2020

Describing COVID-19 Pandemic as Wake-Up Call, Dress Rehearsal for Future Challenges, Secretary-General Opens Annual General Assembly Debate with Vision for Solidarity

World leaders gathered in pre-recorded videos for an unprecedented opening of the General Assembly’s annual general debate today, as the United Nations Secretary-General described the epic upheaval...

21 September 2020

World Leaders Adopt Declaration Promising Safer, More Resilient World for Future Generations, as General Assembly Marks United Nations Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

In a high-level meeting to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, world leaders in the General Assembly gathered in a virtual format today to adopt a declaration honouring...

18 September 2020

Endorsing General Committee’s First Report, General Assembly Adopts Upcoming Session Work Programme, Placing Responsibility to Protect, Situation in Ukraine on Agenda

The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of its General Committee, today adopted a work programme and agenda for its seventy‑fifth session, deciding to include the item “responsibility to...

15 September 2020

New President Echoes Call by Predecessor for Progressive, Multilateral Action to Defeat COVID-19, as General Assembly Concludes Current Session, Opens Seventy-Fifth

The General Assembly concluded its seventy-fourth session on Tuesday, with outgoing President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Nigeria) praising delegates for their progressive action, most notably in passing...

15 September 2020

Amid Increased Fighting, Threat of Famine in Yemen, Warring Parties Must Work towards Nationwide Ceasefire Declaration, Top Officials Tell Security Council

With fighting intensifying in Yemen and the threat of famine looming large as donor countries fail to deliver on their humanitarian pledges, the parties to the conflict — which flared in 2015 — must...

15 September 2020

Security Council Extends United Nations Mission in Afghanistan for One Year, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2543 (2020)

The Security Council today decided to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, welcoming newly launched intra-Afghan negotiations and encouraging the...

Press Releases

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

24 September 2020

Capitalize on ‘Constructive Impatience’ of Young Women to Create Tangible, Lasting Change, Deputy Secretary-General Urges Action Zone Event

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the Restless Development United Nations General Assembly Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Zone Event...

24 September 2020

Silence in Face of Human Suffering Should Not Be Option in Twenty-First Century, Secretary-General Says, Marking ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Adoption Anniversary

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video statement for the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of the responsibility to protect, today:

24 September 2020

Powerful Technologies Must Be Guided by Human Values, Solidarity, Intelligence, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Event on Advancing Global Goals with AI

Following is UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s video message on the occasion of the event on “Advancing the Global Goals with Artificial Intelligence”, held today:

24 September 2020

Secretary-General Deplores Double Injustice against Women, in Message for High-Level Side Event on Gender Dimensions of Death Penalty

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the high-level side event on the gender dimensions of the death penalty, held today:

24 September 2020

Continuing Current Trends Will Lead to Unimaginable Suffering Worldwide, Secretary-General Tells High-Level Round Table on Climate Ambition

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks as delivered to the High-Level Round Table on Climate Ambition, held today:

24 September 2020

Opting for Strategic Competition over Cooperation Makes Dangers Posed by Nuclear Weapons More Acute, Secretary-General Says in Observance Message

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, observed on 26 September:

24 September 2020

Secretary-General Warns against Continued Ad Hoc Responses to Foreseeable Risks, in Security Council Briefing on Post-Pandemic Global Governance

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ briefing to the Security Council on global governance post-COVID-19, held today:

24 September 2020

Secretary-General Calls Recovery from COVID-19 ‘an Opportunity to Reimagine the Future’, in Message for Bahrain Visions Forum

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the 2020 session of the “Bahrain Visions Forum: Shared Visions for a Successful Future”, held today:

23 September 2020

Return to Old Systems ‘Out of the Question’ as Pandemic Opens New Possibilities, Secretary-General Tells Sustainable Business Forum

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum, in New York today:

23 September 2020

Business Sector Breaking New Ground in Sustainable Development, COVID-19 Response, Deputy Secretary-General Says, Issuing Call to ‘Go Further Faster’

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message at the closing of the Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum, held today: