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16 Dec 2017 description

New York

The Secretary-General urges South Sudanese Parties to engage in good faith in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) -led High-Level Revitalization Forum set to begin in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week. The Secretary-General is convinced that with full backing by the region and the wider international community, this Forum provides a unique opportunity to bring all the parties to the conflict and other stakeholders to the negotiation table.

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.

31 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18772-SC/13051

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict, in New York today:

Je souhaiterais tout d’abord remercier le Ministre des affaires étrangères de la France, Son Excellence Jean-Yves Le Drian, pour l’organisation de ce débat d’une importance vitale autour de la question des enfants et les conflits armés.

20 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18757

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, in Brazzaville today:

13 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18745-SC/13028
12 OCTOBER 2017

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council briefing on countries at risk of famine, in New York today:

Nine months ago, some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. About 100,000 people in South Sudan were on the verge of starvation.

20 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18704-SC/12997-PKO/669

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council high-level open debate on “Peacekeeping Operations Regarding the Reform of United Nations Peacekeeping: Implementation and Follow-Up”, in New York today:

20 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18703-REF/1254

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly side event on refuges and migrants titled “Follow-up to the New York Declaration: One Year On”, in New York today:

I would like to express my deep solidarity to the Government and the people of Mexico. Unfortunately, we are having every day a new dramatic event in this part of the world. This time we cannot blame climate change; it is an earthquake. It is a devastating one. I want to express my very deep solidarity to the Government and to the people of Mexico.

29 Aug 2017 description

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Alain Noudéhou of Benin as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).  He will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

19 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18647-OBV/1736

Vous trouverez, ci-après, le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, célébrée le 19 août:

Chaque année, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, nous braquons les projecteurs sur les millions de civils de par le monde qui se retrouvent pris dans l’étau de conflits.

18 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18647-OBV/1736

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Humanitarian Day, to be observed in New York on 19 August:

19 Jul 2017 description

Let me begin by thanking the government of China for convening this meeting to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security.

In my first days as Secretary-General, I attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. I wanted to launch a new era of cooperation with the AU founded on a core conviction.

I firmly believe the international community needs to change the narrative about Africa and to establish a higher platform of cooperation that recognizes Africa’s enormous potential and promise.

23 Jun 2017 description

SG/SM/18587-REF/1253
22 JUNE 2017

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, in Kampala, Uganda, today:

Twelve years ago, on 15 June 2005, I became the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On 18 June, we caught a plane to fly to Uganda to visit South Sudanese refugees to celebrate with them World Refugee Day. This was a moment during in which the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was being established and peace between north and south was finally being achieved.

26 May 2017 description

SC/12841

Security Council
7951st Meeting (AM)

Endless Talks on Ending Violence Pointless as Arms Sales to Criminals, Dictators, Terrorists Continue at Same Time, Says Holy See

Despite 15 years of steadily growing international attention to the question of protecting civilians in conflict situations, life in war zones around the world remained grim, with suffering “pushed to the limits” as cities turned into “death traps”, the Security Council heard today as it held an open debate on attacks against medical personnel and facilities.

25 May 2017 description

SG/SM/18537-SC/12842-HR/5362

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

Thank you for this opportunity to address the critical issue of protection of civilians in armed conflict.

13 May 2017 description

On the margins of the London Conference on Somalia, the Secretary-General discussed the situation in South Sudan with a number of international stakeholders. In this respect, on 10 and 11 May 2017, he met with the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

02 May 2017 description

SG/SM/18507
29 April 2017

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

We are disturbed by the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the recent Government offensive. We urge the Government and other warring parties to cease hostilities, uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and cooperate with the United Nations and other humanitarian actors to ensure safe access to all civilians in imminent danger along the West Bank of the River Nile.

20 Apr 2017 description

SG: Ladies and gentlemen of the media. Thank you very much for your presence.

I have no doubt that this first conference between the African Union Commission and the United Nations Secretariat represents a landmark in our cooperation.

19 Apr 2017 description

The Secretary-General has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council summarising the overall progress of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Secretariat in implementing the recommendations of the independent special investigation into the Juba violence in July 2016 and the actions of the Mission. As you may recall, the special investigation, led by Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert, made recommendations targeting issues unique to UNMISS and those more systemic in nature.

28 Mar 2017 description

Secretary-General: [inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

23 Mar 2017 description

I thank His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, for his presence here today for this important meeting on South Sudan.