António Guterres and the Sustainable Development Goals

Secretary-General 2017-11-16T15:24:32+00:00

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.

COP23: UN chief urges more ambition, leadership and partnerships on climate action

Addressing the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday, Secretary-General António Guterres called for more ambition, more leadership and more partnerships to tackle climate change.

UN chief lauds Dominica’s vision to become first climate-resilient nation after recent devastation

The category-5 storm made landfall on 18 September, thrashing the country with extreme winds and rain. It left people without electricity and water, destroyed homes and health clinics and isolated communities on the mountainous island.

In hurricane-stricken Barbuda, UN chief urges global solidarity, accelerated climate action

“I have just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never seen in my life,” Mr. Guterres told a press conference following a visit to storm-battered Barbuda.