News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


In opinion piece, Secretary-General António Guterres shares new vision for UN

9 January – In an opinion piece today for Newsweek, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres outlined a vision for addressing the enormous challenges facing the international community, including maintaining peace and security, promoting economic development, and combatting climate change.


'Mário Soares' legacy goes far beyond Portugal,' says UN chief Guterres, as former leader dies at 92

7 January – Deeply saddened by the passing of former Portuguese President and Prime Minister Mário Soares, who died earlier today in Lisbon at the age of 92, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres hailed the commitment to freedom and democracy that made Mr. Soares “one of those rare political leaders of true European and global stature.”


New task force to develop strategy to strengthen UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse

6 January – The United Nations today announced that it plans to strengthen its approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse by creating a high-level task force that will develop a “clear, game-changing strategy” to achieve “visible and measurable further improvement.”


Secretary-General António Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals

3 January – On his first day in office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for teamwork, telling staff at the world body’s New York Headquarters that it is not enough to the “do the right thing, we need to earn the right to do the right thing.”


New UN chief Guterres pledges to make 2017 'a year for peace'

1 January – On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.


‘Thank you,’ says Ban, bidding farewell to staff and delegations at UN Headquarters

30 December – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said goodbye to staff and Permanent Representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York today, saying that though he had delivered many speeches over his decade in office, he had but two important words for those gathered to wish him well: “thank you.”


INTERVIEW: Stop dividing humanity into “us and them” – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

29 December – Jan Eliasson took up the job of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012, and while the post has been challenging, it has not proved daunting for the Swedish national – a veteran of international affairs, with decades of diplomatic experience in world capitals and conflicts.


UN's 2016 Year in Review: Challenges and milestones for the international community

28 December – The year 2016 was a challenging one for the international community, with the conflict in Syria worsening despite efforts to end the fighting, escalating violence and insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen, and a five million increase in the number of refugees worldwide.


UN General Assembly revises biennial budget to $5.61 billion; approves $639.53 million for special political missions

24 December – Concluding the main part of its 71st session, the United Nations General Assembly last night adopted 15 texts – 14 resolutions and one decision – recommended by its Fifth Committee which is responsible for administration and budgetary matters.


INTERVIEW: Making the 'most impossible job' a possible mission – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

22 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s last day in office is 31 December 2016. That day will be the culmination of a decade of service at the helm of the world body, during which his priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. In addition, he has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.