Lebanon

15 March 2022, Beirut, Lebanon

Deputy Secretary-General's opening remarks to High Level Dialogue Ministries of Planning and Finance in Conversation: Towards greater coherence for Building Back Better and delivering the SDGs [as delivered]

Good afternoon.

It is my pleasure to join you again for this important dialogue.

I am pleased that we have such a broad wealth of experience represented, in the policymakers and experts around the table and on screen.

We are meeting at a time of crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has supercharged inequalities – both within countries and between regions.

In the Arab region, COVID-19 reversed the first signs of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

15 March 2022, Beirut, Lebanon

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2022 Opening Session [as delivered]

His Excellency Mr. Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, represented by Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine; Your Excellency Mr. Nasser Shraideh, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan, and Chair of the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2022; Your Excellency Mr. Ahmad Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States; Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of ESCWA; Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I am thrilled to be with you today for the opening of the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development.

21 December 2021, Nâqoûra

Secretary-General's remarks during Press Conference on visit to Lebanon [with Q&A]

Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka:  Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  
  
Thank you for joining us this evening. It is a great honor for us to welcome the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at this press conference.  
  

20 December 2021, Beirut

Secretary-General's remarks at meeting of the UN Family with Prime Minister Mikati and the Lebanese Cabinet

Dear Minister Mikati

Thank you very much for your invitation and for your wonderful hospitality

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear colleagues,

I came several times in the past to Lebanon and I came to Lebanon to witness the enormous generosity of the Lebanese people in relation to the Syrian refugees I was supposed to support as United Nations High-Commissioner for Refugees.

20 December 2021, Beirut

Secretary-General's remarks to media after meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati

I would like to once again express my gratitude to Prime Minister Mikati for his invitation and for his hospitality. This is the second day of my visit and I must say that I have reasons to feel encouraged.
 
This is a visit of solidarity, solidarity with the people of Lebanon that was so generous with the refugees that came to the country but now is suffering enormously and deserves the same solidarity from the international community. But obviously it is necessary that the Lebanese themselves do their part of the job.
 

19 December 2021, Lebanon

Secretary-General's remarks after meeting with the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun [scroll down for Arabic]

Merci infiniment Monsieur le Président. Permettez-moi de parler en Anglais. 
 
Good evening, I am very happy to be back in Lebanon. 
  
I have just had a productive meeting with His Excellency President Aoun, where I thanked him for his hospitality and for the very important discussions that we had today. 
  
I also expressed the gratitude of the United Nations and the international community for Lebanon’s generosity in hosting so many refugees from the Syrian conflict. 
  
Caroline  Ziadeh Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

Caroline Ziadeh

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 19 November 2021 the appointment of Caroline Ziadeh of Lebanon as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).  
 
Ms. Ziadeh succeeds Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated efforts to further peace and stability in Kosovo and the region, and his effective leadership of the Mission.  
 

09 April 2019, Beirut, Lebanon

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the opening session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development [as prepared for delivery]

It is my great pleasure to be here today. I thank the Government of Lebanon for its warm welcome and hospitality.
 
This year, participating in all Regional Forums, across all five regions, is a priority for me.
 
2019 is a defining year for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the regional forums pave the way for our first stocktaking on the SDGs during the General Assembly in September.
 
This region has a key role to play.
 
It is firmly rooted in a shared cultural, linguistic and historical heritage.
 

25 March 2016, Tripoli

Press remarks at Qobbeh Social Development Centre

Dear officials, dear colleagues, Assalam Alekum to all. It is a great pleasure for me to open this Social Development Centre.

I am very happy to see that the UN system, UNDP, UNICEF and UNRWA and all other organizations are working very closely with the community leaders to provide education, vocational training, sanitation support and some psychological support, and also a safe place to watch our women and children there. This is a very important place.