Despite Improved Financial Situation, Member States Must Act Now to Avoid Looming Liquidity Crisis, United Nations Controller Warns Fifth Committee

17 May

The United Nations Controller urged delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today to act to avert a looming liquidity crisis that could impact the delivery of the Organization’s mandates and services next year.

Speakers Stress Need to Dismantle Systemic Racism Worldwide, as General Assembly Marks International Day for Elimination of Discrimination

18 Mar

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated rising, pervasive and deeply rooted systemic racism around the world that must be dismantled and exorcised — including through reparations — speakers said today as the General Assembly commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed annually on 21 March, date of the 1960 massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa.

‘We Must Seize Momentum’ from Racial Justice, Equality Movement Led by Women, Youth, Secretary-General Says at Meeting Commemorating Durban Declaration

22 Sep

Following are Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, held today:

General Assembly Establishes Permanent Forum for People of African Descent as ‘Consultative Mechanism’, Advisory Body to Human Rights Council

2 Aug

In a landmark decision, the General Assembly established today a 10‑member subsidiary organ that will serve as a standing forum to hear the voices of people of African descent and help eliminate all forms of discrimination against them.