News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

16 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.


INTERVIEW: Meet the new UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake

11 August – Hailing from Sri Lanka, the second-ever United Nations Youth Envoy is no stranger to rolling up her sleeves to get things done.


Expert concludes review of new information on death of former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

9 August – The United Nations today received an expert report that summarizes the new information made available by Member States and other sources and assesses whether and to what degree that information helps to establish the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic deaths of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others traveling with him.


Guterres appoints British journalist to lead UN global communications department

9 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale, a British journalist, to head the Organization's Department of Public Information as Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.


On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, UN chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

6 August – With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.


On Nelson Mandela Day, UN celebrates South African leader’s service to humanity

18 July – Marking what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday, the United Nations today honoured his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality.


In Ukraine, UN chief Guterres urges full respect for ceasefire

9 July – Speaking to the press in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization's support to the country and its people.