Belgium

25 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks to the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters 

“BUILDING BACK BETTER TOWARDS A MORE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE POST-COVID-19 WORLD” 

Your Majesty, Emperor Naruhito, 
Excellencies, 
Distinguished delegates, 

It is a great pleasure to join this Special Session. I thank the Member States, the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan for organizing it.   

25 June 2021, Brussels

UN Secretary-General's Remarks to the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters [as delivered]

 “BUILDING BACK BETTER TOWARDS A MORE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE POST-COVID-19 WORLD” 

 

Your Majesty, Emperor Naruhito, 

Excellencies, 

Distinguished delegates, 
 

It is a great pleasure to join this Special Session. I thank the Member States, the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan for organizing it.   

24 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament

[Trilingual as delivered]

Dear President Sassoli,  
Distinguished Members of the European Parliament,  
Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is a pleasure to finally be back in Brussels. 

Having myself been a member of the Portuguese Assembly for 17 years, I am particularly honoured to address the European Parliament.   

We live at a time when the strategic partnership between the European Union and the United Nations is more indispensable than ever.  

And on behalf of the United Nations, let me begin with two words:  

24 June 2021, Brussels

Opening remarks at press encounter with Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Secretary-General: Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I think we must be humble when we face such a huge number of existential threats and recognize the fragility of our societies and our planet. Fragility in relation to the pandemic, in relation to climate; Fragility in relation to lawlessness in the cyberspace, in relation to growing inequalities and the lack of trust in many of our societies; Fragility also because of geopolitical divides; Fragility even because of the risks in relation to the proliferation of nuclear weapons that are there again on the table. 
 

24 June 2021, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General’s press encounter with Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Secretary-General: Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I think we must be humble when we face such a huge number of existential threats and recognize the fragility of our societies and our planet.

24 June 2021, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General’s press encounter with European Parliament President, David Sassoli 

Question: (in Italian translated through interpreter): Good morning President Sassoli, Secretary-General Guterres, thank you very much for the chance to speak to you and for making time. Let me ask something of the Secretary-General on migration, one of the key issues of our time. It’s an issue which Europe is facing up to but without really coming up with satisfactory results, that has been happening for a while.

24 June 2021, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium

Monsieur le Premier Ministre, très cher ami,  Mesdames et messieurs les représentants des médias,  
 
C’est un grand plaisir d’être de retour en Belgique et je tiens à souligner et à remercier le fort engagement de la Belgique vis-à-vis les Nations Unies et vis-à-vis le multilatéralisme. 
 

24 June 2021, Brussels

UN Secretary-General's Remarks at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament - As delivered

Dear President Sassoli,  

Distinguished Members of the European
Parliament,  

Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is a pleasure to finally be back in Brussels. 

Having myself been a member of the Portuguese Assembly for 17 years, I am particularly honoured to address the European Parliament.   

We live at a time when the strategic partnership between the European Union and the United Nations is more indispensable than ever.  

And on behalf of the United Nations, let me begin with two words:  

Thank you.  

23 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks at Press Encounter with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to be back.

The European Union and in particular, the Commission, has been a very strong supporter of the UN in all the dimensions of our work. And so, this is the moment to express my deep gratitude and appreciation.