Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the General Assembly tribute to the memory of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, former President of Algeria and President of the twenty-ninth session of the General Assembly, today:
There is need to galvanize action to swiftly and permanently rid the world of atomic bombs, especially as the global community grapples with the coronavirus, delegates said today during the General Assembly’s high-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
On 7 June 2021, the United Nations General Assembly elected Abdulla Shahid of Maldives as President of its seventy-sixth session, which runs from September 2021 until September 2022.
Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ press conference, held in New York today:
SAINT JOHN’S PARISH, Dominica, 26 August — The long-running question of Western Sahara, the sole Territory in Africa remaining on the United Nations decolonization list, took centre stage on day two of the Caribbean Regional Seminar today, with speakers also discussing Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).
Note: Owing to the liquidity crisis and the current COVID-19 pandemic impacting our Organization, only a partial summary of today's Caribbean Regional Seminar is available at this time. The complete summary will be issued later as Press Release GA/COL/3349.
The Special Committee on Decolonization will hold the 2021 Caribbean Regional Seminar in the Parish of Saint John, Dominica, from 25 to 27 August 2021, within the framework of the start of the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2021-2030). The Seminar, initially scheduled for 19 to 21 May, was postponed due to the situation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.