Meetings Coverage


From Gaza and Ukraine to Sudan and Afghanistan, women, youth and children are bearing the brunt of conflicts, war and an ever-increasing global rollback of human rights, the Security Council heard today, as speakers outlined best practices to improve the participation of women and young people in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.


Small island developing States face a diversion of expenditure from sustainable development to recovery from the impacts of climate-change-induced disasters, speakers told the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Antigua and Barbuda today, to highlight the critical importance of financial support and access to finance.


As the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States opened in Antigua and Barbuda today, speakers highlighted its theme — “Charting the Course Toward Resilient Prosperity” — and detailed, over the course of a day-long debate, the unique challenges that such countries face, the distinctive perspectives they hold and the tailored support they require to unlock their transformative potential.


In the wake of a day-long open debate on protecting civilians in armed conflict that it held on 21 May, the Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on States to respect and protect United Nations and humanitarian personnel in accordance with their obligations under international law, recalling those established 75 years ago in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.


Approving two resolutions that emphasize the importance of ensuring public access to information and reaffirming the crucial role of the Department of Global Communication in addressing the spread of misinformation in the era of artificial intelligence, the United Nations Committee on Information concluded its forty-sixth session today.


The Security Council today unanimously adopted a presidential statement aimed at strengthening the role of African countries in addressing global security and development challenges, as speakers debated the intricate and complex dynamics between peace and development in those States and across their continent.


The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Srebrenica genocide, designating 11 July as the “International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica”, to be observed annually, amid a flurry of abstentions and votes against the measure, including from Serbia, which decried the “highly politicized” nature of the resolution.


The Security Council met this morning to continue its open debate that began on 21 May concerning the protection of civilians in armed conflict.  The debate was held in connection with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1265 (1999), which first established the protection of civilians as a crucial issue of international peace and security, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.