12 August 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council Open Video-Teleconference on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace [as delivered]

Let me begin by thanking the Indonesian Presidency for convening this open debate on pandemics and the challenges of sustaining peace.\he concept of sustaining peace is essentially about positive peace as opposed to simply ending wars.

In other words, it is the idea that the international community accompanies a country well beyond the point of simply putting down guns to the point where people feel protected and represented.

Where trust and the social fabric are going in the right direction and not in the wrong direction.

11 August 2020, New York

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

The Secretary-General is following with concern recent developments in Bolivia. He calls on the organizers of the protests to ensure the safe passage of ambulances, oxygen and medicines and allow the delivery of goods and services essential to the population. 

12 August 2020, New York

Secretary-General's message on International Youth Day [scroll down for French version]

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Youth Engagement for Global Action” -- spotlights the ways in which the voices and activism of young people are making a difference and moving our world closer to the values and vision of the United Nations Charter.
This year’s Youth Day occurs as the lives and aspirations of young people continue to be upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some have lost their lives, and many have seen family members and other loved ones perish. 

10 August 2020, UN Headquarters

Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Lebanon

I want to express my total solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the horrific explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut and part of the city last Tuesday. 
I offer condolences to the families and loved ones of the more than [150] people who were killed, and a full recovery to the many thousands of injured.   
Even now, almost a week later, many people remain missing. 
The blast was truly shocking. 
In an instant, it flattened vital infrastructure and shattered windows near and far. 

09 August 2020, New York

Deputy Secretary-General Closing remarks at the International Conference on Support to Beirut and the Lebanese People [as prepared for delivery]

On behalf of the Secretary-General, I reiterate our appreciation to President Macron of France for co-convening this really important conference.

I thank the leaders here today for your support to Lebanon, and I urge all other leaders to join us in solidarity.

The city and people of Beirut have been devastated.

The world has responded, standing with the Government and people of Lebanon.

Significant resources have been committed to answer the immediate needs of Beirut and the Lebanese people.

09 August 2020, New York

Deputy Secretary-General Opening Remarks for International conference on assistance and support to Beirut and the Lebanese people [as prepared for delivery]

Let me start by bringing you greetings from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has asked me to express his solidarity and strong commitment for the wellbeing of the people of Lebanon. He regrets not being able to join you today at this critical Conference.

We are grateful for the leadership of our co-convener, President Macron, in ensuring we could organize this high-level gathering only few days since the tragedy, underscoring our strong sense of urgency.

The explosion in Beirut last Tuesday shocked the world.

07 August 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents in response to questions about the upcoming presidential election in Belarus on 9 August 2020

The UN does not have an electoral mandate in Belarus. However, we continue to closely follow with concern the situation in Belarus from the human rights perspective. We refer in this context to the press briefing note on Belarus by the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights dated 17 July 2020, as well as earlier statements by the UN human rights Special Rapporteurs and Experts. This includes OHCHR’s call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure full respect for the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and of association.

06 August 2020, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks on the occasion of the Briefing to Member States on the SDG Moment [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you for joining this briefing on the SDG Moment to be convened by the Secretary-General in September.

At our last meeting, I set out the overall objectives and contours of the Moment and was grateful to receive your feedback and questions.

As we strive to find the best possible format to deliver on your request to the Secretary-General, your perspectives are invaluable.

We have made progress in this regard.