Switzerland

28 February 2022, Geneva

Secretary-General's video message to the Press Conference Launch of IPCC Report [scroll down for languages]

Watch the video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/evergreen/MSG+SG+/SG+27+Feb+22/MSG+SG+IPCC+27+FEB+22.mp4

I have seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this.

Today’s IPCC report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.

13 December 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Sixth Review Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [scroll down for French version]

I am pleased to send my greetings to the Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

For more than forty years, the CCW has served as an essential humanitarian arms control instrument to protect civilians from the harm caused by conventional weapons.

It has codified rules and norms of international humanitarian law by placing concrete limits on warfare through the prohibition and regulation of specific weapon systems.

Major General Patrick  Gauchat Head of Mission and Chief of Staff

Major General Patrick Gauchat

Head of Mission and Chief of Staff

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 28 October 2021 the appointment of Major General Patrick Gauchat of Switzerland as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).  He succeeds Major General Kristin Lund of Norway to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service.  The Secretary-General also thanks Alan Doyle for serving as Acting Head of Mission of UNTSO.

29 November 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Briefing to Member States [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for joining this briefing today.
 
It is a pleasure to be back in Geneva as we continue to strengthen synergies between the UN’s work in New York, Geneva and beyond.

We meet at a crucial time.

Our world is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and facing a deeply uneven recovery.

We are struggling to prevent a catastrophic collapse of climate and biodiversity.

We are facing growing levels of poverty and inequality and dramatic reversals in gender equality.

29 November 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Building Bridges Summit [as delivered]

Swiss Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer, Director-General Tatiana Valovaya, Building Bridges President Patrick Odier, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Colleagues in the room, Friends,

It is a real pleasure to be with you today at this Summit to kickstart Building Bridges Week, and I hope that we can do it solidly.

We are meeting at a tumultuous time.

COVID-19 continues to put really deep stresses on our societies and economies.

21 October 2021, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to High-Level Segment of Meetings of Parties to Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making, Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and its Protocol on Pollutant Release/Transfer Registers

Twenty years ago, the Aarhus Convention entered into force, bridging the gap between human and environmental rights. Today, as the devastating effects of climate change continue to ravage the world, the Convention’s core purpose – of allowing people to protect their wellbeing and that of future generations – has never been more critical.

Over the past two decades, the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers have inspired and advanced environmental democracy across the globe, despite significant challenges.

03 October 2021, Bern, Switzerland

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message to HLP on Data for Accountability to the People - UN World Data Forum 2021, 3 – 6 October 2021

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to address you on the critical issue of data accountability.

Data is how we drive change. Data empowers. Data is the life blood of planning.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – our global blueprint for action – includes some 230 indicators across 17 Goals.

Without data on these indicators, it is impossible to track progress and hold each other accountable.

Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how open data can drive advocacy.