Jordan

06 April 2019, Amman

Opening remarks to the press after visit to the UNRWA Baqa’a camp

It was a very emotional moment for me to enter the classroom of the UNRWA school for Palestine refugees and to see young children learning about and discussing human rights, and then to participate in a student parliament. And to see that in 700 schools, 530,000 Palestine refugee children are learning not only about science and about mathematics or about Arabic, but are learning about human rights, about democracy, about tolerance, making the conditions to be exemplary citizens. And this is something that warms my heart.

06 April 2019, Amman

Remarks at World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, in Amman, Jordan. UN Photo

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highness,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,
 
I thank Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, as well as the people and government of Jordan, for hosting this timely meeting. 
 
Your Majesty, it has been a pleasure to work with you across the decades, from my time as Prime Minister of Portugal through my years as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and now in my present capacity.
 
You have always been a champion of peace.
 

06 April 2019, Baqa’a camp

Secretary-General’s remarks to the press after visit to the UNRWA Baqa’a camp

It was a very emotional moment for me to enter the classroom of the UNRWA school for Palestine refugees and to see young children learning about and discussing human rights, and then to participate in a student parliament. And to see that in 700 schools, 530,000 Palestine refugee children are learning not only about science and about mathematics or about Arabic, but are learning about human rights, about democracy, about tolerance, making the conditions to be exemplary citizens. And this is something that warms my heart.

31 October 2018, Amman

Note to Correspondents: Martin Griffiths Welcomes Recent Calls for an Immediate Resumption of the Political Process and a Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen

The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes the recent calls for the immediate resumption of the political process and measures to reach a cessation of hostilities in Yemen. The Special Envoy stresses that there can be no military solution to the conflict. The Special Envoy will continue to work with all parties to agree on tangible steps to spare all Yemenis the disastrous consequences of further conflict and to urgently address the political, security and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

04 September 2018, Amman, Jordan

Note to Correspondents: UN Special Envoy For Yemen Affirms Commitment To Southern Participation In The Political Process

Since I assumed my role as Special Envoy in March this year, I have consistently affirmed that there will be no peace in Yemen if we do not listen to a broad cross-spectrum of Yemeni voices, including southern groups, and make sure that they are included in the efforts to reach a sustainable political settlement.
 
In the past few months, I have consulted with numerous southern groups to reach a consensus on their meaningful participation in the political process. I have been encouraged by their openness to dialogue and to a peaceful resolution for their concerns.
 

21 June 2018, Amman

Note to Correspondents: Statement by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen [scroll down for Arabic]

I will continue my consultations with all parties to avoid further military escalation in Hudaydah, which I fear would have severe political and humanitarian consequences.

My priority now is to avoid a military confrontation in Hudaydah and to swiftly return to political negotiations.

I am encouraged by the constructive engagement of the Ansar Allah leadership in Sana’a and I look forward to my upcoming meetings with President Hadi and the Government of Yemen. I am confident that we can reach an agreement to avert any escalation of violence in Hudaydah.

22 January 2018, Amman

Note to Correspondents: Yemen Envoy decides not to continue his mission after the end of his present mandate

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has informed the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that he does not intend to continue in his position beyond the end of his current contract ending in February 2018.

The Special Envoy takes this opportunity to express his sincere thanks to the Secretary General for his strong and determined support to reach a political solution to the conflict that has engulfed the country.

27 August 2017, Amman

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Guatemala [scroll down for Spanish version]

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is shocked to learn that H.E. Mr. Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala, has issued a statement declaring Commissioner Ivan Velásquez persona non grata. 

He fully expects that Mr. Velásquez will be treated by the Guatemalan authorities with the respect due to his functions as an international civil servant.