UN Affairs

Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope, UN chief tells General Assembly

Following an “annus horribilis” of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN’s 193 Member States on Thursday. 

As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating ‘vaccinationalism'

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic’s deadly impact.

UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly

In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today’s challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

UN mourns ‘legendary’ official: Sir Brian Urquhart dies at 101 

 From the Congo to the Middle East, UN icon Sir Brian Urquhart was at the “centre of formative global events”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Sunday, paying tribute to the legendary staff member who died yesterday at the age of 101.  

General Assembly approves $3.2 billion UN budget for 2021

United Nations Member States, on Thursday, approved $3.231 billion to fund the global Organization’s regular budget for 2021. 



 

We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world “to continue to work together” to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future. 

UN chief commends Germany’s commitment to multilateralism throughout ‘dramatic year’

Throughout a challenging year, Germany has been a reliable, generous and “exemplary” friend to multilateralism, the UN chief told journalists on Thursday, speaking at the national parliament building in Berlin. 

UN holds dialogues to examine racism in its ranks

In an address on Thursday at an event for UN staff, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the need to confront racism within the world body, initiating a series of discussions on the subject. 

FROM THE FIELD: Reindeers, murals, and the life-saving work of the UN

A Mongolian child jumps for joy next to the family reindeer, a young boy in Afghanistan receives a polio vaccine in the shadow of a wrecked military vehicle; just two photographs from United Nations staff around the world, highlighting the incredible diversity of humankind and the life-saving work of the UN.

In Niger, UN deputy chief spotlights women and youth, visits flood zone

The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed arrived in Niger on Wednesday for the second stop of her “solidarity visit” to West Africa and the Sahel.