Report of the Secretary-General

on the Work of the Organization 

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by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

In 1945, world leaders gathered in San Francisco to sign the Charter of the United Nations, which gave birth to an organization that represented new hope for a world emerging from the horrors of the Second World War. Our founders were in no doubt about the kind of world that they wished to banish to the past.


In 2020, as the United Nations celebrates 75 years since the Charter’s signing, we have an opportunity to reflect on our shared progress, as well as our common future. Our vision and values – based on equality, mutual respect and international cooperation – helped us to avoid a Third World War, which would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
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We must commit to building a more inclusive and sustainable world.


António Guterres, Secretary-General


United Nations
Secretariat staff
and about 95,000+ uniformed
personnel working...




8 priorities
in 35+ programmes...







...with the support of
in resources, including
$3B regular assessed,
$7.2B peacekeeping and other
assessed and $4B voluntary...


… to achieve results in 2019, for example:

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Through the repositioned United Nations development system, Resident Coordinators  worked with Governments and partners in 162 countries and territories for the 2030 Agenda

Sustainable Development

Peace and Security

Deployed 40+ peacekeeping,
special political missions and offices to prevent conflict and support peacebuilding efforts

Sustainable Development

Humanitarian Assistance

Helped mobilize and coordinate international assistance worth $18 billion for 117 million people in need

Sustainable Development

Human Rights

The Secretary-General launched his Call to Action for Human Rights to advance enjoyment of human rights by all

Sustainable Development


Advanced implementation of the Agenda for Disarmament which focuses on weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons and new battlefield technologies

Sustainable Development

Development in Africa

Supported the implementation of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, one of the largest trading blocs covering about 1.2 billion people and GDP over $2.5 trillion

Sustainable Development

Drugs, Crime, Terrorism

Engaged more than 170 Member States in preventing and countering violent extremism through outreach and capacity building activities

Sustainable Development

International Justice and Law

Supported the Singapore Convention on Mediation with a record 46 State signatories at the opening of a United Nations trade-related treaty