General Assembly pays tribute to the late Sultan of Oman

On Friday, the Secretary-General joined Member States in honouring the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who led Oman for nearly half a century.  In paying homage “to the many roads he built – the road of dialogue, the road of understanding, the road of peace”, the Secretary-General said the United Nations remains “steadfast in supporting Oman’s continued efforts to promote peace and stability in the region”.


Security Council discusses ASEAN-UN cooperation

On Thursday, the Secretary-General attended a Security Council briefing on cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, underlining that “At this time of increasingly complex challenges for global peace and security, cooperative and inclusive multilateral efforts, including strong partnerships between the United Nations and regional organizations, are essential.”


Youth in the driver’s seat – UN75 Launch Event

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General took part in an open discussion with youth leaders from around the world, launching the UN75 global dialogue on how the United Nations can evolve to create a better future for all. The Secretary-General declared: “We want to change, we want to be better, we want to respond to your aspirations, to your concerns”, and emphasized that youth should “have the opportunity to play the role that youth must play in the modern world in which we live, and especially in the world we are trying to build.”


Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On Saturday, the Secretary-General attended Park East Synagogue’s annual International Holocaust Remembrance service, marking this year the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. In his remarks, he underscored his concern about a “global crisis of antisemitic hatred”. On Monday, the Secretary-General took part in the General Assembly’s observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Stressing that while antisemitism today takes new forms and may be spread by new techniques, it was still “the same old hatred”, and therefore “we can never lower our guard”.

Remarks at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony:

Message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust:

Opening of Exhibit Marking 75th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

At United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, the Secretary-General joined Holocaust survivors and others for the opening of an exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and called on the international community to stand firm against hatred of all kinds. He declared that the “past few years have seen a frightening upsurge in antisemitic attacks both in Europe and the United States”, and that “remembrance and education are an essential part of our prevention efforts, because ignorance creates fertile ground for false narratives and lies.”


International Conference on Libya and Security Council Consultations

Following the Berlin International Conference on Libya on Sunday, the Secretary-General briefed the Security Council and the press on Tuesday. He underlined that the Berlin Conference represented a major step, since it brought key players around the peace table at a critical moment, committing to “refraining from interference in the armed conflict or in the internal affairs of Libya” and urging “all international actors to do the same”. But, the Secretary-General added, “this is just the beginning”, and there is now a need to “move to a ceasefire, and from the ceasefire, we need to move a real political process and we are not yet there”, adding that the role of the Security Council and the pressure of the international community would be essential.

Remarks to press following Security Council Consultations:

Remarks at International Conference on Libya:

Remarks at press encounter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

World Economic Forum in Davos

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, the Secretary-General told business leaders that the world would be “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. He declared that while many smaller developing countries and the European Union have committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, “the big emitters” have yet to act. He declared that he was encouraged by private sector commitment to the environment, as evidenced by increasing numbers of financial institutions and asset managers making carbon neutrality and sustainability a priority in their investments. The Secretary-General also met with a group of young people from the Global Shapers programme about the future of multilateralism and the United Nations.

Video of “special session”:

Video of meeting with Global Shapers:


General Assembly Meets on Work of Organization and Priorities for 2020

On Wednesday, at the traditional January briefing on the year ahead, the Secretary-General expressed concern about four looming threats: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology. The Secretary-General outlined strategies to address what he called the “four horsemen in our midst”, including ambitious climate action and a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.  Noting that 2020 is a milestone year for the United Nations, he stressed that “commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won’t do. We must address these four 21st-century challenges with four 21st-century solutions.”