Category Archives: Secretary-General’s Messages and Activities

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.

Report on the repositioning of the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

5 July 2017 – In a major step in the ongoing reform of the United Nations, the Secretary-General presented to the Economic and Social Council his report on the repositioning of the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Secretary-General called for bold changes to match the ambition needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. “Far too much of what we do”, he said, “is rooted in the past rather than linked to the future we want”. The Secretary-General also stressed the links between reform of the development system and other main reform efforts involving the peace and security architecture and the Organization’s internal management.
Following his presentation, the Secretary-General expanded on his vision in responding to wide-ranging questions and comments from Member States, and stressed his commitment to continue consultations in preparing the next report in this process, to be presented in December.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute

1 July 2017 – Marking the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the International Criminal Court for its efforts to end impunity. In a video message that will be part of a campaign on Facebook, the Secretary-General recalled his experiences in Portugal under the Salazar dictatorship, noting that the suppression of democratic freedoms during that period led him to develop his own commitment to justice at home and around the world.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization’s support to the country and its people.

9 July 2017 – Speaking to the press in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization’s support to the country and its people.

He added that the UN is ready to support all efforts, including those of the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In his remarks, the Secretary-General also highlighted the UN’s support to humanitarian activities in the country and said that it would enhance its cooperation with the Government and that it will work to overcome any challenges in reaching the populations in distress.
More than 1.7 million people have been displaced in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity”

5 July 2017 – Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves.

Mr. Guterres noted that his report to the Council (on repositioning the UN development system) is an integral component of the broader reform agenda at the UN to better meet the world’s complex and interlinked challenges.
He added that his ideas and proposals are intended to spur further discussions in the Council and to solicit the views of Member States on a number of key areas. A more detailed report will be submitted in December.