United States of America

29 May 2019, United States of America

Urgent Climate Action: A Choice We Can — And Must — Make

“Save Tuvalu; save the world.”
 
This is the rallying cry I heard on my recent visit to Tuvalu, a stop on my Pacific tour to the frontlines of the global climate emergency.

“Save Tuvalu; save the world.”
 
This is the rallying cry I heard on my recent visit to Tuvalu, a stop on my Pacific tour to the frontlines of the global climate emergency.

via Financial Times (London): ft.com

19 June 2019, Washington, DC

Secretary-General's video message for the Global Water 2020 Stakeholder Commitments Gathering

I am pleased to address your gathering.
 
The provision of safe and clean sources of water is a necessity for human survival – yet it has never been at a greater risk.
 
Data from the World Health Organization and UNICEF show that 1 in 4 health facilities worldwide lack basic water.
 
1.5 billion people use facilities with no sanitation.
 
In the least developed countries, 17 million women give birth annually in health centers where they and their newborn babies are at risk of infection, disease and death.
 

James   Swan Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

James Swan

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 30 May 2019 the appointment of James Swan of the United States as his Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).  He will succeed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for his dedicated service in UNSOM and Somalia at a challenging time.
 

17 May 2019, Fairfax, Virginia

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at George Mason University Commencement [as prepared for delivery]

Good morning everybody! 

It’s a great honour to be here with you all to congratulate and celebrate with you.

My thanks to President Angel Cabrera and Rector Tom Davis for inviting me here today. And to the distinguished faculty and administrators, all the graduates and your families for your warm welcome.

This is a proud day for you all, and you have worked hard to get here.  It takes commitment, energy, imagination and resilience to stand where you are today. I congratulate each and every one of you and your families that supported you. 

12 April 2019, Washington, D.C.

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-level Breakfast Meeting on the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFED) [as prepared for delivery]

 
 
Excellences, 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to join you to discuss the key question of financing for education. 
 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to be here on this holy day to pay my respects and show my solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.
 
The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago.  Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims.
 
Over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories. 
 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan

As salaam alaikum.  Thank you very much.
 
I am here on this holy day to express my solidarity and to offer my support to you, to your community and to your families.
 
We are still reeling from last Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.  At the same time, we have come to learn so many inspiring stories about the victims.
 

13 March 2019, Washington, DC, United States

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.
 

Stephanie T. Williams Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political)

Stephanie T. Williams

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political)

Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 2 July 2018 the appointment of Stephanie T. Williams of the United States of America as his Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).