“In March this year, Africa’s leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade Area. Representing one of the largest markets in the world, with 1.2 billion consumers, the Free Trade Area can boost regional integration, drive economic growth, generate jobs for young Africans, alleviate poverty and lead to more stable and peaceful societies. Continue reading
Geneva, 3 April 2018
“Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you all for being here today to show your solidarity with the women, men, girls and boys of Yemen.
And I want to thank my co-chairs, the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, for hosting this conference for the second year and for their continued humanitarian commitment. Continue reading →
New York, March 28, 2018-The Secretary-General is pleased to confirm that, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/252, he has reappointed Mohamed Chande Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania, to continue his work in relation to the investigation into the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him.
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New York, 22 March 2018 [As delivered]
I commend President Rahmon of Tajikstan for spearheading this effort at the General Assembly.
I recall my trip to Tajikistan last year, when I had the opportunity to see the impact of receding glaciers in the Pamir mountains.
During my visit, I also had the chance to attend the forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General Continue reading →
New York, 8 March 2018-We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds.
Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world. Continue reading →
SG: [inaudible] in the struggle for a fair globalization. Japan’s role in human security, in humanitarian aid, in the promotion of human rights around the world. Japan’s commitment to peace and security, to disarmament, are aspects in which this country has always provided leadership in relation to the multilateral system, and it is my pleasure as Secretary-General of the United Nations to recognize it and to pay tribute to that commitment of the Japanese Government and the Japanese people. Continue reading →
“Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank our co-organizers and commend the government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.
Thank you also to Prime Minister Abe for his exciting announcement of US$2.9 billion for universal health coverage programmes.
Prime Minister Abe, your commitment to ensuring health for all – both here in Japan and around the world – is truly inspiring. The announced programme highlights the importance of integrated action to deliver on the sustainable development agenda. Continue reading →
Secretary-General’s remarks on the attack on peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
December 8, 2017-I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night’s attack on United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Early indications from the site of the attack in North Kivu indicate that at least 12 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, and at least 40 injured, 4 of them critically. We also understand that at least five members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo were killed. Continue reading →
New York, 10 October 2017-“I thank the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Member States who have co-sponsored this important event.
We are here to explore a very urgent and troubling human rights issue: the continued use of the death penalty, and the secrecy that surrounds it. Continue reading →
New York, 28 September 2017-“I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar.
On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state.
I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month. Continue reading →