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12 Nov 2018 description

SG/SM/19338 12 NOVEMBER 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ address to the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris today:

Ten years ago, in 2008, Lazare Ponticelli, the last known French veteran of the Great War, died at the age of 110. Every year on 11 November, Mr. Ponticelli, an Italian immigrant, honoured the promise he had made to his comrades who had died too young on the battlefield. He used to visit his local war memorial to remember them.

04 Apr 2018 description

3 AVRIL 2018

On trouvera ci-après le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de la santé, célébrée le 7 avril:

Nous célébrons aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale de la santé et le soixante-dixième anniversaire de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

L’OMS a été fondée sur le principe, et je cite, que « la possession du meilleur état de santé qu’il est capable d’atteindre constitue l’un des droits fondamentaux de tout être humain ». [fin de la citation]

03 Apr 2018 description


Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Health Day, observed on 7 April:

Today, we mark World Health Day — and the seventieth anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO was founded on the principle that, and I quote, “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being,” end of quote.

08 Dec 2017 description


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.

19 Aug 2017 description


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.

26 May 2017 description


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


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.

04 Apr 2017 description


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

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women and girls and their families around the world.

He believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work of UNFPA.

04 Dec 2016 description

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.

29 Sep 2016 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at a briefing at the Security Council debate on the protection of civilians: health care in armed conflict, today:

24 May 2016 description

During my recent visit to Mauritania, I had the opportunity to visit fistula patients at a hospital in Nouakchott. I was moved and impressed by their courage and resilience. It pains me deeply that this preventable and treatable condition still exists in our world, mainly affecting the poorest and most marginalized women and girls, causing them even greater suffering and isolation.

03 May 2016 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council meeting on health care in armed conflict, in New York today:

Let me begin by welcoming the presence of Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.

26 Apr 2016 description

New York, 25 April 2016

Worldwide, new malaria cases have fallen by 18 per cent since 2000.

In Africa, where the burden of malaria is greatest, the mortality rate has fallen by two-thirds.

Between 2000 and 2015, an estimated six million deaths from malaria were averted, thanks in part to efforts linked with the Millennium Development Goals.

The increase in global financing for malaria has yielded impressive results. More than half the people of Africa are now protected by mosquito nets, up from less than 2 per cent in 2000.

07 Apr 2016 description

Le diabète est une maladie ancienne qui pèse de plus en plus sur le monde moderne. En 1980, 108 millions d’adultes étaient diabétiques. En 2014, ce chiffre était passé à 422 millions, soit 8,5 % de la population adulte, suivant la tendance à la hausse, au niveau mondial, de facteurs de risque tels que le surpoids et l’obésité. Si nous avons les moyens de prévenir et de traiter cette maladie, celle-ci est néanmoins responsable de la mort de quelque 1,5 million de personnes par an, tandis que l’hyperglycémie entraîne 2,2 millions de décès supplémentaires.

07 Apr 2016 description

New York, 7 April 2016

Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world. In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes. By 2014, that number had risen to 422 million – 8.5 per cent of adults -- reflecting a global increase in risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Even though we have the tools to prevent and treat it, diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year. High blood glucose causes an additional 2.2 million deaths.

24 Mar 2016 description

New York, 24 March 2016 Between 2000 and 2015, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment saved 43 million lives. The TB mortality rate has fallen by nearly half. The Millennium Development Goal target of reversing TB incidence has been achieved. But, the fight against this deadly disease is only half-won. This year alone, TB will affect over 9.6 million men, women and children, and 1.5 million people will lose their lives.

27 Sep 2015 description



Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level event, Securing a Healthy Future: Resilient Health Systems to Fight Epidemics and Ensure Healthy Lives, in New York today:

02 Feb 2015 description



On trouvera ci-après le discours du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, au vingt-quatrième Sommet de l’Union africaine, le 30 janvier à Addis-Abeba en Éthiopie:

C’est un grand honneur pour moi d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui.

L’année qui commence sera cruciale du point de vue de l’action mondiale qui doit être menée pour que notre avenir à tous soit assuré.

18 Aug 2014 description


18 August 2014

There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals. Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000, the MDGs are an ambitious 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.

25 Jun 2014 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Death”, in Washington, D.C., today:

I am proud to join all leaders celebrating the second anniversary of the Child Survival Call to Action.