Jordan

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.

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Excellencies,
 
As salaam alaikum.
 
I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.
 
Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.
 

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Secretary-General's Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States [As prepared for delivery]

 
 
Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Excellencies,
 
As salaam alaikum.
 
I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.
 
Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.
 

28 March 2017, Zaatari

Opening press remarks at Zaatari refugee camp

[inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

28 March 2017, Zaatari, Jordan

Secretary-General's press remarks at Zaatari refugee camp

 

Secretary-General: [inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

14 November 2016, Amman, Jordan

Secretary-General's video message to UNRWA Advisory Commission

Your Excellency, Dr. Bisher Khasawneh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Mr. Chairman, Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Commissioner General, Mr. Pierre Krahenbuhl, Distinguished Members of UNRWA's Advisory Commission, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for this opportunity to address the UNRWA Advisory Commission.
As a community under UN protection, Palestine refugees continue to face enormous hardship and challenges.
In the occupied Palestinian territory, they are subjected to the indignities of an occupation that has entered its fiftieth year.

16 November 2016, Amman, Jordan

Secretary-General's message to Amman Security Colloquium

I am pleased to send greetings to this year’s Amman Security Colloquium.  I commend the joint organizing committee and the Arab Institute for Security Studies for convening it, and
I thank Jordan for hosting.  Jordan is a valued partner of the United Nations and is a longstanding generous host to refugees fleeing conflict.  
 
The security dynamics of the Middle East continue to be affected by violent conflicts, radicalization, sectarian violence and an increasingly politicized geopolitical environment.