UN

18 March 2019, New York

Note to Correspondents: Second Roundtable Meeting on Western Sahara [scroll down for French]

The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Mr. Horst Köhler, will convene delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania in a second roundtable meeting on Western Sahara on 21 and 22 March 2019 in Switzerland.
 
The meeting will take place in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2440 as a further step in the political process towards reaching a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
 

17 March 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the impacts of the floods and earthquake in Indonesia

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to flash floods and landslides in Sentani, Jayapura and Papua, and of the earthquake in West Nusa Tenggara Province in Indonesia.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Indonesia.

The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Indonesian authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from both natural disasters.

17 March 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on flooding in Zimbabwe

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to the heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to people and Government of Zimbabwe.

The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Zimbabwe authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from this disaster.

15 March 2019, New York

Statement of the Secretary-General on Syria

As the conflict enters its ninth year, Syrians continue to suffer from one of the worst conflicts of our time. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, many more maimed physically and psychologically, millions remain displaced, tens of thousands are detained and missing, hundreds of thousands have died and Syrians in the northeast and northwest remain under constant fear of yet another humanitarian catastrophe unfolding.

I issue four urgent appeals to all parties.

15 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath laying for victims of Ethiopian air crash

Dear colleagues and dear friends,
 
We come together in sadness and solidarity to pay tribute to our fellow UN family members who perished on Sunday. 
 
In doing so, we also remember all the victims of the air crash that claimed so many lives – including civil society partners and humanitarian workers.
 
We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.
 
With our condolences also to the people and the Government of Ethiopia.
 

15 March 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack at two mosques in New Zealand

The Secretary-General is shocked and appalled at the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of New Zealand.
 
The Secretary General recalls the sanctity of mosques and all places of worship. He calls upon all people on this holy day for Muslims to show signs of solidarity with the bereaved Islamic community.  
 

15 March 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on floods in Mozambique

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to the heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai. 
 
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Mozambique.
 
The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Mozambique authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from this natural disaster.

15 March 2019, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at wreath laying for victims of Ethiopian air crash [as delivered]

Dear colleagues and dear friends,
 
We come together in sadness and solidarity to pay tribute to our fellow UN family members who perished on Sunday. 
 
In doing so, we also remember all the victims of the air crash that claimed so many lives – including civil society partners and humanitarian workers.
 
We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.
 
With our condolences also to the people and the Government of Ethiopia.
 

14 March 2019, New York

Ms. Khawla Matar of Bahrain - Deputy Special Envoy for Syria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Khawla Matar of Bahrain as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria. 
 
The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to reiterate his gratitude to Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy of Egypt for his efforts to the search for peace in Syria.
 

13 March 2019, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Michael Pompeo, United States Secretary of State

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Michael Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, today in Washington. They discussed the need for strong cooperation between the United States and the United Nations and addressed several issues of concern, such as Yemen and Venezuela. Additionally, they raised efforts under way, both for prevention and conflict resolution in several African and Middle East situations.
 
The Secretary-General also provided a status update on the on-going UN reform effort and encouraged continuing US engagement and support.