30 August 2017, Kibbutz Nihal Oz, Israel

Secretary-General’s remarks to press at Kibbutz Nihal Oz, Israel

I was very impressed by the message given by these families. A message of peace. They want peace. They want to see Palestinians and Israelis living both in peace and both well. And taking into account all that has happened in this community, I think this message of peace has an enormous value. 


30 August 2017, Tel Aviv

Speech at the Museum of the Jewish People

Dear Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,
I am honoured to speak to you today after visiting the Museum of the Jewish People, which tells a story stretching over millennia and to all corners of the world.
This remarkably rich mosaic is a Jewish legacy. But it is also an important part of the collective heritage of humanity, a showcase of its highest summits and its lowest depths.

29 August 2017, Jerusalem

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in the United States of America

The Secretary-General is following with great concern the flooding and extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey throughout the State of Texas.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and extends his condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

The Secretary-General salutes the efforts of first responders and national relief teams.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

28 August 2017, Jerusalem, Israel

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ukraine

The Secretary-General welcomes the commitment by the parties to implement a permanent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on the occasion of the start of the new school year. He stresses the need to ensure that the ceasefire is sustainable and calls on all parties to fully abide by its terms especially in order to protect the civilians who suffer most from the ongoing hostilities.

28 August 2017, Jerusalem

Opening remarks to the media with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your warm welcome. I started the visit to your beautiful country with two very emotional moments: first in Yad Vashem and then in the Grove of Nations; and Yad Vashem is there to remind us of the Holocaust and to remind us of how important it is even today as the Holocaust was not more than the culmination of millennia of expression of anti-Semitism around the world through discriminations and persecution that I witness also in my own country in the middle ages and then with the expulsion of Jews in the 16th century. 

28 August 2017, Jerusalem

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

This latest round of violence comes after the attacks on Myanmar security forces on 25 August. The Secretary-General, who condemned those attacks, reiterates the importance of addressing the root causes of the violence and the responsibility of the Government of Myanmar to provide security and assistance to those in need. 

28 August 2017, Jerusalem

Remarks to the press at Yad Vashem

Secretary-General António Guterres pays a visit to the Yad Vashem's Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. Photo: Shlomi Amsalem

This visit to Yad Vashem is a tribute to the Jewish people, victims of the most hideous crime against humanity in the history of mankind, and a tribute to the courage of the survivors whose testimony we all have the obligation to repeat to make sure that the future generations will never forget the Holocaust.