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16 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18855-GA/11999 16 JANUARY 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal meeting of the General Assembly, in New York today:

Let me start by thanking all Member States, all of you for your support across our agenda.

08 Dec 2017 description

SG/SM/18819-IHA/1442

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the annual high-level pledging conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund, in New York today:

It is a pleasure for me to be here with you to celebrate a United Nations success story — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Over the past 12 years, CERF has been at the forefront of humanitarian response.

14 Nov 2017 description

The Secretary-General met today with H. E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The Secretary-General and the State Counsellor discussed the situation in Rakhine State. The Secretary-General highlighted that strengthened efforts to ensure humanitarian access, safe, dignified, voluntary and sustained returns, as well as true reconciliation between communities, would be essential.

He also stressed the importance of implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations.

13 Nov 2017 description

SG/SM/18784

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the ninth ASEAN‑UN [Association of Southeast Nations-United Nations] Summit in Manila, Philippines, today:

I congratulate the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines for your success in chairing ASEAN in its fiftieth anniversary year. And I congratulate all the Governments and peoples of ASEAN on the achievement of this milestone.

17 Oct 2017 description

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited Myanmar from October 13 to October 17 at the invitation of the Government. In Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, he met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, among other officials, as well as with representatives of Myanmar’s civil society. He attended the ceremony commemorating the signing of Myanmar’s historic National Ceasefire Agreement and met with the signatory ethnic organizations.

12 Oct 2017 description

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will visit Myanmar from 13 to 17 October. Following the Secretary-General’s repeated calls for an end the military operations and violence in northern Rakhine state; unfettered access for humanitarian support; and the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their areas of origin, Mr. Feltman will be undertaking consultations with a view to addressing these urgent issues in close cooperation with Myanmar.

28 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18728-SC/13013

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the open debate of the Security Council on Myanmar, in New York today:

On 2 September, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine State. I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month.

25 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18721-DEV/3293-HR/5371

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations ministerial meeting, in New York today:

Mr. Chairman, let me begin by congratulating the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for chairing ASEAN in its fiftieth anniversary year. I commend ASEAN’s progress over the past half century towards peaceful co-existence and regional integration.

01 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18662

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar's security forces in Rakhine State and urges restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

28 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18654

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

25 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18651

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

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He hopes those responsible for this unacceptable violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

09 Dec 2016 description

As Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, I wish to underline that the United Nations remains seriously concerned by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine. The UN has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the rule of law and accepted international norms of conduct, and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians, loss of innocent lives, or damage the properties of the local population.

31 Aug 2016 description

I give you my full respect and greetings from the United Nations. It is a great honour for me as Secretary-General of the United Nations to address the great opening of the 21st Century Panglong Conference. Thank you for your invitation.

This is a historic occasion for the further democratization of this country.

The symbolism of this Conference is clear from its title, which recalls the spirit of the original Panglong Conference convened in 1947 by General Aung San, the Father of Modern Burma.

But today, we also look to the future.

31 Aug 2016 description

I am pleased to be here with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as State Counsellor and new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Before I say a few words, let me express my deepest condolences for the earthquake which struck your country on August 24 with losses of lives, injured people and destruction of infrastructures, particularly the destruction of many valuable historical monuments, including many pagodas.

I hope that under the leadership of President U Htin Kyaw and the State Counsellor, your people will be able to reconstruct as soon as possible from this.

25 Aug 2016 description

The Secretary-General's thoughts are today with the people of Italy and Myanmar following the earthquakes that struck the two countries on 24 August.

While reports on the impact of the earthquakes are still coming in, it is evident that lives have been lost and infrastructure has been damaged. In Italy, it is reported that an estimated 120 people have been killed and over 360 injured. In Myanmar, initial reports indicate that a number of buildings, including schools, pagodas and houses have been damaged in Naypyitaw, Mandalay and Magway regions.

16 Oct 2015 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing today in Nay Pyi Taw of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Myanmar Defence forces and several Ethnic Armed Organizations. This marks an important step in advancing national reconciliation and consolidating the reform process in the country.

30 Sep 2015 description

SG/SM/17149

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, in New York today:

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, thank you for your participation. I especially welcome His Excellency U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and his delegation.

I want to begin with my deep condolences for the tragic loss of lives and damage caused by Cyclone Komen. The United Nations will continue to strongly support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

14 May 2015 description

New York , 14 May 2015

The Secretary-General is concerned about the crisis evolving in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, where several thousand people are believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats. He is alarmed by reports that some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants.

24 Apr 2015 description

SG/SM/16699

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, in New York today:

Thank you for your participation in this Partnership Group meeting on Myanmar. I especially welcome Honourable Union Minister U Soe Thane and his distinguished delegation from Myanmar.

13 Nov 2014 description

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to be back in Myanmar to co-chair the Sixth ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-UN Summit and to attend the Ninth East Asia Summit. I congratulate the Government of the Union of Myanmar for successfully hosting these meetings. I thank ASEAN’s leaders for their commitment to cooperation with the United Nations.