News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


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.


Secretary-General outlines steps to strengthen UN’s development framework

5 July – Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves.


Secretary-General extends condolences to victims in oil tanker truck explosion in Pakistan

25 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the large number of deaths and injured following today's explosion of an oil tanker truck in eastern Pakistan, his spokesperson has said.


UN chief 'saddened' by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide in China

24 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the landslide in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, his spokesperson said today.


UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya

22 June – A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya.


UN chief appoints new envoys on youth; accessibility; and for Haiti

20 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys, respectively, for promoting universal accessibility, on the rights of young people, and to guide the implementation of the Organization's new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti.


UN chief 'deeply saddened' by the many lives claimed by raging wildfires in Portugal

18 June – 'Shocked and horrified' at the many lives claimed by the devastating fires that hit the Pedrógão Grande region of Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed his deep sadness and condolences to the Portuguese Government and people.


UN chief praises 'vision, tenacity' of the late Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany

16 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded the vision and tenacity of the former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who died today at the age of 87.


Put peace first, UN chief says, kicking off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

14 June – True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of the world's people United Nations Secretary-General said, kicking off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to “put peace first.”