04 October 2021, Brindisi, Italy

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message to Directors and Chiefs of Mission Support Conference – Peace Keeping Operations, Special Political Missions and Small offices, 4-8 October

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to open the 2021 Chief and Directors of Missions Support Conference.

United Nations peace operations are one of the most effective tools we have to maintain international peace and security, and to create the conditions for sustainable development.

Providing the right operational support for our field missions is essential for the people we serve, and to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

I thank you all for your work, particularly during the past difficult 18 months.

Staffan   de Mistura Personal Envoy

Staffan de Mistura

Personal Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 6 October 2021 the appointment of Staffan de Mistura of Italy as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.  

He succeeds Horst Köhler of Germany, who completed his assignment on 22 May 2019 and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his steadfast and intensive efforts which laid the foundation for a new momentum in the political process on Western Sahara. 

04 October 2021, Milan, Italy

Secretary-General's video message to the T20 Summit

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12 September 2021, Bologna

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to the G20 Interfaith Forum

Excellency President Sergio Mattarella,

Distinguished speakers and guests,

It is a pleasure to address the 2021 G20 Interfaith Forum. My thanks to the organizers for inviting me to join your deliberations. 

Our world today is in crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend societies across the world. Unequal access to life-saving vaccines is exacerbating this impact.

13 July 2021, Rome/Online

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message to 2021 Women 20 Summit

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to join you today at the Ministerial Segment of the 2021 Global Education Meeting.

We stand here today at the cusp of a new era for global education cooperation. We know that by working more coherently together, our collective efforts will be more effective in accompanying countries to accelerate towards SDG4 in this Decade for Action.

28 July 2021, Rome

Deputy Secretary-General's closing press conference at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit - The Road to New York

Thank you, thank you very much Jeff,
As we wrap up an incredible Food Systems Pre-Summit event this afternoon, it is really a great pleasure to join with His Excellency, our Foreign Minister Di Maio. I would like to share a few words of what we have accomplished and what we see as a way forward.
Over the past three days, the world has gathered together – both virtually and in person here in Rome – around our shared vision of the future: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

26 July 2021, Rome, Italy

Deputy Secretary-General's opening press conference at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit

Thank you very much and welcome to all our friends in the media.

This is really an incredible day that we are witnessing, that we all come together in person, and, of course, virtually. But it is two years after a really robust process – we didn't imagine that we would have COVID-19, but when it did come it seemed to have galvanized the solidarity around a very important issue: food.

26 July 2021, Rome, Italy

Secretary-General's video message to the Food Systems Pre-Summit

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