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31 Dec 2018 description


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

Dear fellow citizens of the world, I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test. Climate change is running faster than we are. Geopolitical divisions are deepening, making conflicts more difficult to resolve. And record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection.

09 Sep 2018 description


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

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Djibouti on 6 September by the Ministers for Horn of Africa of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, joining Djibouti's Foreign Minister, as another important step in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region. The agreement reached among the four Ministers to work together to restore peace and stability in the region is a positive example for the Horn and beyond.

10 Jul 2018 description

9 JUILLET 2018

Ci-dessous les principaux points évoqués par M. Farhan Haq, Porte-parole adjoint de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:


28 Jun 2018 description


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

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Ethiopia on 26 June by a high‑level delegation from Eritrea as a first concrete step in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. The Secretary-General notes that diplomatic overtures to ease tensions and resolve the longstanding dispute between the two countries will have a far-reaching positive impact on the whole region.

25 Jun 2018 description

23 JUNE 2018

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

The Secretary-General learned with grave concern the news of an explosion on Saturday at a rally attended by Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The Secretary-General condemns this act of violence. He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of Ethiopia.

21 Jun 2018 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps taken recently by Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the leaders of both countries to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region.

04 Apr 2018 description

4 APRIL 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu of Ethiopia as his new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Major General Woldezgu succeeds Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2018. The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and invaluable service and effective leadership of UNISFA.

23 Feb 2018 description

23 FEBRUARY 2018

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

The United Nations takes note of the recent decision by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign, to “allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic space”. The Government of Ethiopia has expressed the intention to continue with implementation of governance reforms and increase participation in the political process.

31 Jan 2018 description

31 JANUARY 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres departed New York on Thursday, 25 January, for Ethiopia. During an hour-long layover in Lomé, Togo, he had a courtesy call with President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at the airport. The Secretary-General arrived in Addis Ababa late on Friday, 26 January.

On Saturday, 27 January, the Secretary-General began the day with a bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

29 Jan 2018 description


Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the high-level event on the “New Way of Working,” in Addis Ababa today:

I am pleased to join you to discuss a new way of working that will usher in stronger partnerships and better results in our collective interventions in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance, peace and security.

31 Jan 2017 description


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

On my way back from Ethiopia — the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations — I want to state the following:

  • Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.

30 Jan 2017 description

Ladies and Gentlemen,
All protocol observed.

It is to me an honour and a pleasure to be here today in this High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

This High-level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government at the present moment.

And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest.

15 Jun 2016 description


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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports of fighting on 12 and 13 June on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

01 Feb 2016 description

Ogolcho, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016

I’m very moved to be in this Oromia region with the Deputy Prime Minister. I am here with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Thank you very much for your warm welcome.

17 Mar 2012 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the thirty-fourth Lions Day with the United Nations, delivered by Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, in New York on 16 March:

It is my pleasure to welcome all Lions to the United Nations. I thank you for focusing on the Millennium Development Goals.

14 Oct 2011 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the South-South Awards event in recognition of the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health, in New York today, 13 October:

Thank you for choosing to honour me today.

11 Oct 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Food Day, commemorated on 16 October:

Today, in the Horn of Africa, more than 13 million people are affected by one of the region’s worst droughts in 60 years. Famine grips swathes of southern Somalia. Yet, drought does not need to become famine — nor should it ever be allowed to, either through system failure or through the kind of deliberate deprivation we are seeing in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.

10 Sep 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Sahle-Work Zewde, Under-Secretary-General and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, to the Horn of Africa Summit being held there today, 9 September:

I commend the Government of Kenya for convening this Summit at this critical time. The drought in the Horn of Africa is arguably the worst in recent history. More than 13 million people are in need of emergency assistance, as well as agriculture and livelihood interventions.

18 Aug 2011 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa, as delivered by Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in Rome, 18 August:

Thank you for coming together for this Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa. The crisis across the region continues to take a heavy toll on millions of people — especially women and children — and the situation shows little sign of abating.

22 Jul 2011 description

By Ban Ki-moon

Across the Horn of Africa, people are starving. A catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate need. The United Nations has been sounding the alert for months. We have resisted using the “f-word”—famine —but on Wednesday we officially recognized the fast-evolving reality. There is famine in parts of Somalia. And it is spreading.