Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

UN Committee

The Committee on the United Nations is a dedicated supporter of human rights and a keen monitor of developments in international law, legal issues, and norms. The Committee is tasked with monitoring such developments that are of particular importance to the Community of Nations. We engage on issues ranging from the post-2015 development agenda, the rights of the child and freedom of expression, constitutional issues in post-Arab Spring countries, and legal issues related to Western Sahara. The UN Committee hosts events with speakers active in the international community; we also prepare weekly updates on significant developments within the UN system, an archive of which appears on the right side of this page. For more information about the Committee and its activities, please contact its chair, Ulysses Smith.

Recent Reports

Special High-Level Event on Human Trafficking (February 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Human Trafficking

Letter to the United Nations urging Member States to make governance a stand-alone goal in the Sustainable Development Goals and throughout the Post-2015 Development Agenda (September 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Sustainable Development and Good Governance

United Nations Resolutions on Religious Hate Speech: The Impact on Freedom of Expression (June 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Freedom of Expression

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Huffington Post blog--Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity--by UN Committee Chair Ulysses Smith

Huffington Post blog--New Global Child Support Convention Holds Promise for Millions of Children Worldwide--by UN Committee Chair Ulysses Smith and student member Menaka Nayar - May 2014

Radio France sound bite on Western Sahara with UN Committee Chair Ulysses Smith (MP3) November 2013

Lieberman, Amy. "New York City and the UN: Cool but Useful Partners." PassBlue. 5 September 2013

mayoral-campaign-cover 125x165
Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Statement of Ulysses S. Smith on Behalf of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee Oct 6, 2011 (PDF)