Spain

18 May 2022, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's message to the International Forum of Architects Affordable Housing Activation Forum, 18-20 May 2022 [scroll down for French version]

Adequate housing is an essential right, as recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is also a prerequisite for social and economic development, health and equal opportunities.

Today, a housing crisis challenges well-being worldwide, displacing many and threatening social cohesion.

Major General Aroldo  Lázaro Sáenz Head of Mission and Force Commander

Major General Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz

Head of Mission and Force Commander

On 28 February 2022, Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz (Spain) took over the command as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, succeeding Major General Stefano Del Col (Italy).

General Lázaro has had a long and distinguished career in the Spanish Army since 1986, when he was commissioned as Lieutenant (Infantry). He has held multiple command positions, from platoon leader to Infantry Brigade Commander.

02 July 2021, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General’s remarks during joint press encounter with Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez

Quiero en primer lugar expresar toda mi solidaridad con el gobierno y el pueblo de España en estos tiempos de COVID. Solidaridad y admiración, por el coraje y la resiliencia que los españoles han demostrado y expresar también mis condolencias a las familias de todas y todos los que han perdido sus vidas por el virus. 

01 July 2021, Valencia, Spain

Secretary-General’s remarks to the media after his visit to the UN Information and Communications Technology Facility in Valencia

Empezando esta visita oficial a España quiero expresar mi profunda solidaridad como Secretario General de Naciones Unidas - pero también como Portugués, como vecino - al pueblo español en estos tiempos de COVID y también admiración por el coraje y la resiliencia que los españoles han demostrado en estos tiempos tan dramáticos que estamos viviendo. Naturalmente expresar mis condolencias a las familias de todas y todos los que han perdido sus vidas por causa del virus.

18 May 2021, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's message to the World Tourism Organization's SDG Global Startup Competition

We have less than 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

And we are in the midst of a global pandemic that is setting back progress.

To get back on track, we need to unleash the power of new ideas and embrace a sustainable transformation.

Tourism has a critical role to play, and I commend the United Nations World Tourism Organization for its leadership.

Its SDGs Global Startup Competition is promoting innovation and a better recovery.

Pedro Antonio  Guazo Alonso Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

Pedro Antonio Guazo Alonso

Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 29 July 2020 the appointment of Pedro Antonio Guazo Alonso of Spain, also a national of Mexico, as Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF).