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28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on the High-level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Hello everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight.

Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19.  

The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy.

28 May 2020, New York

Secretary-General's joint press conference on the High-level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

[Below are the opening remarks; full transcript will follow shortly]

Hello everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight. 

Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19.  

The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy. 

28 May 2020, New York

Secretary-General's closing remarks to High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond [as delivered]

Excellencies, distinguished speakers, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all, Heads of State and Government, leaders of international organizations and all participants in this High-Level Event.

I am moved and inspired by your urgency and unity.

As COVID-19 takes an unprecedented human toll, societies are in turmoil and economies are in freefall.

While developed countries are moving to keep families and businesses afloat, many developing countries are risking catastrophe.

28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Event on Financing for Development

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers welcome remarks to the high-level event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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I thank you all for your solidarity, and I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica for co-hosting this meeting.

Unless we act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world.

Hunger and famine of historic proportions. 

Sixty million more people pushed into extreme poverty. 

Up to half the global workforce – 1.6 billion people – without livelihoods.

28 May 2020, New York

Appointment of the Sixth Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed today the members of the Sixth Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund.

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund is the organization’s financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict. From 2006 to 2017, the Fund approved a total of $772 million to 41 recipient countries, and from 2017 to 2019, it scaled up its commitments by approving $531 million for 51 countries. 

28 May 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to High-Level Event on Financing for Development [scroll down for French version]

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I thank you all for your solidarity, and I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica for co-hosting this meeting.

Unless we act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world.

Hunger and famine of historic proportions. 

Sixty million more people pushed into extreme poverty. 

27 May 2020, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council open debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

I thank the Government of Estonia for convening this debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
 
Protecting civilians must be a joint effort by Governments, civil society and international organizations. I look forward to hearing the views of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
 

27 May 2020, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment -Working together to accelerate SDG progress during the Decade of Action and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic [as prepared for delivery]

It is a great pleasure to join you today, alongside my colleagues from the UN Sustainable Development Group.
 
I commend the ECOSOC Bureau for organizing this Segment.
 
On behalf the Secretary-General and the UNSDG, I want to recognize our Chair, Ambassador Sandoval, for leading this Segment with great passion and determination to make it a success despite the limitations posed by COVID-19.
 

27 May 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: UN observes International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May

UN Secretary-General to commemorate fallen peacekeepers and honour Military Gender Advocates of the Year

27 May 2020, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial Roundtable on Transformative Approaches: State Support to Promote Women's Participation in Peacebuilding [as prepared for delivery]

I thank the Government of Sweden and the International Peace Institute for convening this virtual platform.
 
2020 was set to be a milestone year for gender equality and the empowerment of women. A year to commemorate and reflect critically on progress made in the 20 years since Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted.