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25 Apr 2018 description

SG/SM/19008
25 APRIL 2018

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the conference titled “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, in Brussels today:

My warm greetings and gratitude to [European Union] High Representative [for Foreign Affairs Federica] Mogherini and all those gathered for this crucial conference in support of the future of Syria and the region.

We have a full UN team in Brussels ready to partner with you for this meaningful effort.

29 Dec 2017 description

SG/SM/18844
29 DECEMBER 2017

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns today’s attack outside Mar Mina church in the Helwan district, south of Cairo. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt and wishes a swift recovery to those who have been injured. The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for today’s horrific attack to be swiftly brought to justice.

24 Nov 2017 description

SG/SM/13797
24 NOVEMBER 2017

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack on Al-Rawdah Mosque during Friday prayers in the town of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai, Egypt.

25 Nov 2015 description

SG/SM/17356

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack today in North Sinai’s Al-Arish City, Egypt, which reportedly killed a number of Government officials, security personnel and civilians. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

18 Oct 2015 description

Rome, Italy, 17 October 2015

Good afternoon.

I am standing here with a very heavy heart.

I have had a series of moving meetings with families of refugees.

Before I say a few words, I would like to sincerely thank the great humanity and compassion showed Prof. Andrea Riccardi, the Founder of [the Community of] Sant’Egidio, and all the members of Sant’Egidio.

02 Jul 2015 description

The Secretary-General condemns the deadly terrorist attacks in North Sinai on 1 July 2015, which have reportedly killed over 70 soldiers and injured scores of others.

He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt. The United Nations stands firm with the people of Egypt in their fight against terrorism.

Best regards,
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10 Jul 2014 description

[full transcript] New York, 9 July 2014

Good afternoon. I just wanted to provide a brief update on the troubling and volatile situation in the Middle East.

I have spent much of the day in active dialogue with regional and world leaders – including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian President Abbas, Egyptian President Sisi, the King of Saudi Arabia, Emir of Qatar the United States Secretary of State Kerry and several others, including the Secretary –General of OIC [Organization of Islamic Conference] and League of Arab States.

21 Jun 2014 description

SG/SM/15965

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address at the Asia Society: “Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat”, in New York today:

I am here to highlight the worsening of the already horrifying situation and tragedy which is happening in Syria, which continues to bleed beyond its borders.

I am here to express my anger and disappointment at the cold calculation that seems to be taking hold — that little can be done except to arm the parties and watch the conflict rage.

26 Mar 2014 description

SG/SM/15726

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, to the twenty-fifth ordinary session of the Council of the League of Arab States, in Kuwait today:

I congratulate His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and the Government of Kuwait for hosting this Summit. This is testament to Kuwait’s standing in the region and beyond, and its important role in addressing issues of regional and international concern.

15 Jan 2014 description

The Secretary-General is following closely the referendum process in Egypt. He stresses the importance of respect for freedom of assembly and expression, as well as commitment to non-violence. The Secretary-General encourages all Egyptians to ensure that the next phase of the transition is conducted in an inclusive, peaceful, and transparent manner.

25 Dec 2013 description

Secretary-General SG/SM/15558 AFR/2780

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

10 Aug 2013 description

As the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday comes to a close, the Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the continuing political stalemate in Egypt. The Secretary-General repeats his commitment to support non-violent Egyptian-led approaches to meeting the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

01 Jul 2011 description

Following is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as prepared for delivery by Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to the High-level Forum on “Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices”, in Vilnius today, 30 June:

30 Jun 2011 description

SG/SM/13676

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, to the thirty-eighth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), in Astana on 28 June:

I am pleased to greet the foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. I thank the Government of Kazakhstan for hosting this event.

09 May 2011 description

SG/SM/13548

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the Sofia Platform, 6 May:

Thank you very much for your kind introduction and warm welcome. Thank you, also, for your leadership and vision in organizing this very important gathering. I am very much honoured to be among you — leaders, great thinkers, activists from Europe and around the world.

Twenty years ago, when revolution swept Eastern Europe, I was a career diplomat, stationed in Washington. But my heart was in Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Warsaw and Sofia, cheering you from afar.

29 Mar 2011 description

Secretary-General

SG/SM/13485

AFR/2152

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement on the situation in Libya and the implementation of Security Council resolution 1973 (2011), in London, 29 March:

Let me begin by thanking the Government of the United Kingdom for organizing this important meeting. Security Council resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011) are an unequivocal statement of our determination to force the Government of Libya to stop its campaign of violence against its own citizens.

03 Jan 2006 description

Following is a near verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon, and welcome back and Happy New Year.

Security Council

Tanzania has assumed the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for the month of January, and Ambassador Augustine Mahiga is holding bilateral talks with other Council members today about their work over the coming month.

As the year begins, five new Council members -- Ghana, Peru, Qatar, the Republic of Congo and Slovakia -- are taking up their new seats.

30 Dec 2005 description

SG/SM/10291

Regrets situation not resolved peacefully

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the violent deaths of a number of Sudanese migrants in Cairo today as a result of clashes with police.

28 Nov 2005 description

SG/SM/10231, PAL/2031

The following statement was issued on 25 November by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General noted with satisfaction today's official opening of the Gaza-Egypt border crossing in Rafah.