Every year the Secretary-General makes a report to the General Assembly as mandated by Article 98 of the UN Charter. The “Reports of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization” provide an overview of the previous year and outlines plans for the future. The 2019 report was introduced prior to the general debate and published September 23, 2019.

The 2019 report “reflects upon the challenges and opportunities the United Nations has faced over the past year. It presents an account of the progress made and the impact of the work of the Organization across its priorities of maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law. It offers a frank, realistic analysis of current global issues and emphasizes the importance of multilateral action to maintain and improve the current world situation.” (source:

To read the introduction or download the full report, please visit the Annual Report page on the UN website.