Antigua and Barbuda

07 October 2017, Antigua and Barbuda

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda

Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
 
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
 
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
 
This must make us think seriously.
 

07 October 2017, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Secretary-General’s press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua-and-Barbuda [with Q&A]

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
 
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
 
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
 
This must make us think seriously.