Secretary-General of the United Nations

H.E. Mr. António Guterres

Statement Summary

ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that at its birth, the United Nations was a symbol of global unity.  “Today, it is the epicentre [and] our mission is more important than ever,” he said, emphasizing that international cooperation is the only way to defeat the COVID‑19 pandemic, the climate emergency, rising inequality and spreading hatred.  Welcoming the Assembly’s declaration of commitment to reinvigorated multilateralism, he said he looks forward to an inclusive and insightful effort to strengthen global governance and the way that the world responds to current and future challenges.  He went on to say that he is inspired every day by the talent and dedication of United Nations personnel at Headquarters and in the field.  Their spirit of service for the common good has fuelled the Organization for 75 years and it will guide it through the pandemic and beyond.  “We will never, ever give up in our work to fulfil the enduring vision of the Charter,” he stated.