Belgium

03 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's message for European Union Conference on International Carbon Markets

I thank the European Union for gathering to discuss the crucial role of international carbon markets in advancing climate action, stabilizing global temperature rise and avoiding runaway climate change.
 

02 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's video message to High-Level Event entitled "Food and Agriculture in Times of Crisis" and Launch of the Global Report on Food Crises 2019

This year’s Global Report on Food Crises highlights the plight of millions of people who must fight every day against severe hunger and malnutrition.
 
The report also points the way towards solutions that can rebuild lives and livelihoods in communities around the world.
 
Climate-induced disasters, economic crises and, above all, armed conflict, continued to drive   hunger rates and food insecurity in 2018.
 
Last May, the United Nations Security Council condemned the use of starvation as a weapon of war.
 

12 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's video message for conference entitled “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, 12-14 March

After eight years of war, the scale of suffering in Syria remains staggering. 
 
More than 11 million people inside Syria need humanitarian aid. Many face violence on a daily basis. 
 
Another 5.6 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries, with no idea when they will be able to return home in safety and dignity.
 
The United Nations and its partners are providing life-saving aid, including food, clean water, healthcare and protection assistance, to millions of people each month. 
 

27 February 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's video message to the Seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty, 27 February-1 March

I am pleased to greet this World Congress.
 
The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.
 
I oppose it in all circumstances. And I am proud that my home country, Portugal, was one of the first to abolish capital punishment 150 years ago.
 
Last December, the General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was co-sponsored by 121 States -- the highest number ever.
 
I welcome this progress.  But it is far from enough.
 

19 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's video message to the High-Level opening of the European Parliament's Human Rights Week, 19-23 November

I am delighted to convey my best wishes as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the most exceptional documents ever conceived: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
This landmark text proclaims our shared vision of human progress and well-being.
 
But despite gains since 1948, too many gaps remain.
 
Today we are seeing a dangerous erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms, democratic principles and the rule of law.
 
Refugees, migrants and minorities face rising hatred and attacks.
 

Michèle  Coninsx Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate

Michèle Coninsx

Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres confirmed on 11 August 2017 the appointment of Michèle Coninsx (Belgium) as Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) at the Assistant Secretary-General level, following the concurrence of the Security Council. She succeeds Jean-Paul Laborde of France to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.
 

Isabelle  Durant Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Isabelle Durant

Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

On 9 June 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), decided to appoint Isabelle Durant of Belgium as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD at the Assistant Secretary-General level.  Ms. Durant will succeed Joakim Reiter of Sweden to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and commitment to UNCTAD.

05 June 2018, Brussels

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at opening of European Development Days [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
It is an honour to join our partners from the European Union and around the world.
 
When I was told that this year’s European Development Days would focus on gender equality, I knew I had to be here.
 
We are now in the third year of work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Goal 5 calls on us to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
 
I often call it the ‘docking station’ for all the goals.