News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


UN urges building more just, equal societies to increase people’s happiness and well-being

20 March – Speaking at an event today marking the International Day of Happiness, the deputy United Nations chief called for more inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to development that promote sustainability, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples.


Guterres grateful for US support as largest UN contributor; will work with Member States on reform

16 March – Secretary-General António Guterres is committed to reforming the United Nations and stands ready to discuss with the United States and any other Member State how best to create a more cost-effective Organization that can tackle the enormous challenges facing the international community, his spokesman said today.


UN announces new approach to 'stamp out' sexual exploitation and abuse

9 March – Underscoring that the United Nations should not be, in any way, associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to such abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag.


‘The world must act now to stop this,’ UN chief Guterres says on visit to drought-hit Somalia

7 March – Hearing the heart-wrenching stories of desperate families displaced in Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in the drought-striken Horn of Africa nation and curb the spread of cholera.


UN honours 'outstanding diplomat,' Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who passed away at 64

20 February – The United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly today, along with Secretary-General António Guterres, mourned the passing of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who died this morning in New York.


Germany is symbol of tolerance and hospitality for those in need of protection – UN chief Guterres

17 February – Speaking to the media in Munich, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres hailed the important role Germany has placed at a number of multilateral institutions, including the European Union and the United Nations.


UN chief Guterres announces steps towards reforming Organization’s peace and security architecture

14 February – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the establishment of an internal review team that will take forward the reforms to the UN Secretariat peace and security strategy, functioning and architecture, which he outlined when he was appointed the Secretary-General last year.


UN chief Guterres engages in 'constructive' discussions on Yemen, Libya with Saudi Foreign Minister

12 February – Visiting Saudi Arabia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today that he and the Arab country's foreign minister had “very important and very constructive discussions” on the possible future political solutions for Yemen and Libya.


In Turkey, UN chief Guterres discusses Syria, Iraq, Cyprus with President

11 February – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today met with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul to discuss the situations in Syria, Iraq and Cyprus.