Antonio Guterres called on humanity to end the 'war on nature' in a landmark speech.
This will allow the first food, medicines and other aid into the region of 6 million people that has seen rising hunger during the fighting between the federal and Tigray regional governments.
Russia and Cuba were running unopposed, but China and Saudi Arabia were in a five-way race in the only contested race for seats on the Human Rights Council.
A 16-year-old girl assumed the position of prime minister in Finland on Wednesday, in a scheme celebrating the UN’s International Day of the Girl.
Faith-based organisations control 8% of the Earth’s habitable land and 5% of commercial forests.
This marks the first phase of a prisoner-release plan reached earlier this year.
In a thinly-veiled reference to the UK, EU chief Charles Michel said "respect for treaties, a basic principle of international law, comes to be considered optional even by those who, until recently, were its historical guarantors".
It came as Donald Trump used the virtual UN meeting to attack China over the emergence of coronavirus. China hit back at what it called "a political virus" and said Trump's accusations were "baseless".
Mike Pompeo has said that UN sanctions on Iran are restored in a move that most other countries consider illegal.
Representatives from Belarus, Russia, Venezuela and China had attempted to halt statements from civil society and the UN special rapporteur detailing reports of torture and detentions in Belarus.
The UN has warned that the use of plasma to treat COVID-19, approved by President Donald Trump on Sunday, is experimental and may not work
According to the UN, 483 aid workers were subject to attacks last year, an 18 per cent rise on 2018 and the highest number ever recorded.