Category Archives: UN SECRETARY GENERAL MESSAGES

KEY MESSAGES GIVEN AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE UN ON PERTINENT ISSUES AFFECTING OUR WORLD IN THE RESPECTIVE UN DAYS

The UN Secretary-General Remarks at Panel on “Transparency and the death penalty”

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

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS AT OPEN DEBATE OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON MYANMAR

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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

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS AT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

 

New York, 20 September 2017

“Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to oversee this historic treaty’s opening for signature – the first multilateral disarmament treaty in more than two decades.

I congratulate all States that negotiated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. I salute your commitment to the cause of nuclear disarmament and to our planet’s safety and security.  Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK, 19 September 2017-[Trilingual, as delivered] “I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. Continue reading

The secretary-general Message on World Refugee Day

NEW YORK, 20 June 2017-World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution.

The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people — 1 of every 113 members of the human family — have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders. Continue reading

The secretary-General Message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace

NEW YORK-13 June 2017,Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict.  It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.  It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.

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Press conference by Secretary-General António Guterres at the African Union Summit

30 January 2017, Addis Ababa-Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

I am extremely happy with the results of my contacts during this African Union Summit. I think we have created the conditions to establish a new higher platform of cooperation between the African Union and the UN. Continue reading