Human dignity will be “the core of my work,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who took office on 1 January 2017. He believes the world body is uniquely placed to overcome global challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Like his predecessor Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Guterres is a great supporter of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which outline a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

UN to switch lights off for Earth Hour

Faced with ‘clear science, real threats,’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal

“We are dealing with scientific facts, not politics. And the facts are clear. Climate change is a direct threat in itself, and a multiplier of many other threats,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a General Assembly High-Level action event.

Planet 50–50 by 2030 by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

VIDEO: Secretary-General’s message for International Women’s Day 2017

Guterres highlights importance of recognizing the links between peace and sustainable development

“We need a global response that addresses the root causes of conflict, and integrates peace, sustainable development and human rights in a holistic way – from conception to execution,” Mr. Guterres told a UN General Assembly high-level dialogue.

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

The Secretary-General said he was particularly interested in the “alignment of the core business of the private sector with the strategic goals of the international community.”

Secretary-General’s remarks at the World Economic Forum

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS AT THE SPECIAL SESSION ON “COOPERATION FOR PEACE: TACKLING THE ROOT CAUSES OF GLOBAL CRISES”
Davos, Switzerland, 19 January 2016

Thank you very much, Professor Schwab. It is good to be back in Davos […]

Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals

On his first day in office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for teamwork.