21 April 2018

Opening remarks at press encounter at beginning of Security Council in Sweden

António Guterres

I want to express my deep gratitude to the Swedish Government for having organized this event.
I believe it is highly symbolic that the Security Council meets in Dag Hammarskjöld’s house. He said, I believe in 1956 or 1957, that more than ever, the world is one world.
And when we look at what is happening today, when we see so many divides, old divides coming back, new divides multiplying, conflicts that are causing enormous suffering all over the world, Syria the most tragic example of them all: it is the moment to remember those words of Dag Hammarskjöld.
This is just one world and we don’t have the right to destroy it, nor the right to allow for these divides to go on causing so much suffering, causing so many pain, and not allowing us to take full profit of the benefits of civilization.
Dag Hammarskjöld remains today a fundamental symbol and his example is essential for us to be able to do the right thing.
And to do the right thing is to overcome contradictions, to overcome differences and to understand that we all really must work for what is really one world.