Category Archives: Secretary-General’s Messages and Activities

MESSAGE FOR 100-DAY COUNTDOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

13 June 2018

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will witness an end to violence.

Yet there is more to achieving peace than laying down weapons. True peace requires standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people. That is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.

As the observance approaches, let us re-double our efforts to address the root causes of conflict and advance our work for the Sustainable Development Goals, including by promoting inclusive societies, providing access to justice and building accountable institutions.

Let us stand up for human rights for all in the name of peace for all. 

António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic

18 October 2017 – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”

Damage caused by Hurricane Maria

8 October 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Dominica on Sunday, taking stock of the immense damage caused by Hurricane Maria last month and the relief efforts underway, as well as paying tribute to its leaders for their vision to not only rebuild but to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

14 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
“The Secretary-General stresses that there can be no justification for such acts of indiscriminate violence,” said his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, in a statement.

G20 Summit

7 July 2017 – On Friday in Hamburg, the Secretary-General took part in a working luncheon on global growth and trade, as well as a working session on sustainable development, climate and energy.
On his twitter account, @antoniogutteres, the Secretary-General called on G20 leaders to join the UN’s efforts to combat climate change, violent extremism and other global challenges. The Secretary-General also had a bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.