Africa

10 July 2019, Nairobi

Remarks to the African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism

Your Excellency, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I thank the Government of Kenya for helping the United Nations organize this landmark conference.
 
To begin, I would like to honour the tens of thousands of African victims of terrorism and to express solidarity with African countries that have suffered terrorist attacks that shock with their barbarity and disregard for human life.
 
Kenya itself has endured numerous terrorist attacks. 
 

10 July 2019, Nairobi

Opening remarks at joint press stakeout between the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission

To fight terrorism and to prevent violent extremism are fundamental priorities for the African Union, for the [United Nations], for Africa and for the world.

11 July 2019, Maputo

Remarks during joint press encounter with the President of Mozambique

Ladies and gentlemen, journalists, thank you very much for your presence and for your attention.
 
For me, visiting Mozambique is a matter of the heart. I was in Mozambique in the exercise of all the official functions I had. I was here as Prime Minister of Portugal, as President of the Socialist International, as High Commissioner for Refugees and, now, as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I was always received with great friendship, great warmth. I always felt at home, I always felt among friends, I would even say, among brothers.

12 July 2019, Maputo

Remarks at the conclusion of visit to Mozambique

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with students at the “25 de Junho” School in Beira, Mozambique, on his visit to take stock of the recovery efforts in the areas impacted by cyclones Idai and Kenneth. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

I have just concluded a solidarity visit to Mozambique where I heard extremely moving firsthand accounts from men, women and children in Beira whose lives were upended by Cyclone Idai, one of two back-to-back extreme weather disasters that hit the country earlier this year.
 

04 April 2019, Tripoli

Opening remarks at press conference in Tripoli, Libya

Thank you very much for your presence. This visit has been conceived as a visit of solidarity with the Libyan people – The Libyan people that have suffered too much and deserve to live in a normal country with normal political institutions, with peace, security and prosperity.

The UN has no agenda and no interests in relation to Libya but one: the welfare of the Libyan people, the peace in the country, and the possibility to live in a normal democracy and to take profit of the enormous wealth of the country to benefit its citizens.

30 March 2019, Tunis

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Libya Quartet members

Shukran. I’d like first of all to express my deep gratitude to Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, for convening this meeting and for his very strong commitment to strengthen the cooperation among our four organizations.

31 March 2019, Tunis

Remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States

Monsieur le Président, merci infiniment pour l’invitation. Je remercie le peuple tunisien de son hospitalité.
 
Your Majesties, 
Your Royal Highnesses, 
Excellencies,
 
As salaam alaikum.
 
I am here to further deepen the relationship between the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the peoples of the Arab world.
 
North Africa and the Middle East are home to remarkable dynamism and potential. It is a region long-striving to build peace and prosperity. I believe it is vital for this region to assume that destiny. 

02 April 2019, Cairo

Remarks at Al Azhar mosque

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo where he expressed his solidarity and underscored the need to fight the scourge of Islamophobia, as well as all forms of hatred and bigotry. UN Photo/Mahmoud Abd ELLatiff

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to address you in this esteemed seat of Islamic learning.
 
Standing here, one cannot fail to feel the impressive weight of more than 1,000 years of history, culture, scholarship and worship.
 
As Secretary-General of the UN, and as a man of faith, I have come to express my respect for Islam and my solidarity with its followers in these turbulent times.
 
It is less than a month since a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, took the lives of 50 worshippers of all ages.

10 February 2019, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

Your Excellency Mr. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you for the opportunity to address this august Assembly.
 
I commend President Kagame for his leadership over the past year, and I congratulate incoming chairperson, President Al-Sisi.
 
Let me begin on a personal note, linked to the theme of this year’s meeting.
 

09 February 2019, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the Africa Leadership Meeting on Investing Health

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
We should all be encouraged by the presence here today of so many political leaders and key health partners.
 
Good health is at the centre of our vision of a more sustainable, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous future. It is both an outcome and a driver of progress.
 
Investments in health and, more broadly, in the continent’s human capital, are among the best steps we can take to ensure the success of the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.