France

11 November 2018, Paris, France

Secretary-General's video message to Reporters without Borders event on "Commission on Information and Democracy"

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Upholding the right to freedom of expression is one of the bedrocks of society and is crucial for advancing democracy, development and peace.
 
I therefore commend your initiative to establish a Commission on Information and Democracy. It comes at a crucial time, when new means of communicating and disseminating information are transforming our world.
 
Access to relevant and reliable information is therefore even more fundamental than ever. Yet more and more, it is under threat.
 

23 May 2018, Paris, France

Secretary-General's video message to Consultative Meeting of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees

Thank you for coming together for this meeting of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees.
 
I am confident your efforts will help yield Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees that make the most of an historic opportunity.
 
The Global Compact for Migration is the beginning of what is expected to be a long journey towards equitable and humane ways of managing human mobility, anchored in respect for the rule of law.  
 

22 March 2018, Paris, France

Le Secrétaire general message video a La Conference Nationale Humanitaire

C’est un plaisir pour moi de saluer la quatrième Conférence nationale humanitaire.
 
La France a de tout temps été et reste un partenaire précieux pour le développement et l’action humanitaire.
 
Les besoins humanitaires ont atteint des niveaux sans précédent. Les conflits et les catastrophes naturelles causent d'énormes souffrances.
 
En 2018, le nombre de personnes qui nécessitent protection et aide humanitaire s’élève à plus de 135 millions. La communauté internationale a besoin de 22,5 milliards de dollars pour leur venir en aide.
 

22 January 2018, Ardennes, France

Secretary-General's video message for the Official Opening Ceremony of the War and Peace Museum [scroll down for French version]

Dear friends at the Department of Ardennes,
I am pleased to send my greetings as you inaugurate the Musée Guerre et Paix.
The United Nations was born with a determination to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.  
Peace is our central mission.
It is at the heart of all we do.  
Remembering our past will help shape our future.
Thank you for sharing the lessons of history for new generations.  This is instrumental to world peace.
*****
Chers amis du Département des Ardennes,

12 December 2017, Paris

Remarks at One Planet summit

President Macron,
Excellencies,
World Bank President Jim Kim,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
We are not yet winning the war on climate change -- the defining challenge of our times.
 
The Paris Agreement lays the basis for ambitious action.
 
But we know that current commitments will not get us there.
 
Every day, in every region, the front pages are dominated by weather-related disasters – storms, floods, droughts, fires.
 
My recent visit to Barbuda and Dominica was truly heart-breaking and eye-opening.

08 December 2017, Paris, France

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
 
Let me begin by conveying the best wishes and gratitude of Secretary-General António Guterres to all of you for coming together in support of the people of Lebanon.
 
To President Macron and the Government of France, thank you for convening this meeting and for leading vital diplomatic efforts over recent weeks which have helped get us to this point.
 
I also thank the members of the International Support Group, and all others here today. 
 

17 May 2017, Strasbourg

Secretary-General’s press conference with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament [multilingual, French, English and Portuguese]

Mesdames et Messieurs les journalistes, merci bien de votre présence.

Nous vivons dans un monde avec des défis de nature globale, des menaces de nature globale pour lesquelles il n’y a pas de solution qui ne soit pas une solution globale. C’est pour ça que j’ai salué l’extrêmement importante contribution de l’Union européenne à la gouvernance multilatérale, son engagement dans le multilatéralisme. 

23 August 2015, France

Keeping Peace, Building Trust

In recent months serious allegations have emerged of grievous misconduct -- including deeply troubling cases of sexual exploitation and abuse -- concerning United Nations troops in the Central African Republic and elsewhere. This is a source of great anguish, anger and shame.

via Le Monde (France):