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,
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.

09 February 2019, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the press by following a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the press in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following a meeting with Moussa Faki Mahamat (left), Chairperson of the African Union Commission. UN News/Video screen grab

(French and English as delivered)

La coopération entre les Nations unies et l’Union africaine est pour moi un vecteur stratégique fondamental pour la paix et la sécurité et le développent, non seulement en Afrique, mais aussi dans le monde parce que l’Afrique occupe un rôle central dans le monde d’aujourd’hui. 

09 December 2018, Marrakech

Remarks on UN Network on Migration

It is an enormous pleasure to be with you at this magnificent venue on the eve of the opening of the intergovernmental conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration.  

10 December 2018, Marrakech

Remarks at Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Morocco, for hosting this important global gathering and welcoming us so warmly to this wonderful conference centre.
I thank all of you for coming together in support of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
This moment is the inspiring product of dedicated and pain-staking efforts.
I would like to express my enormous admiration for the vision and hard work that have produced the Global Compact.

10 December 2018, Marrakech

Opening remarks at joint press encounter in Marrakech with SRSG Louise Arbour

Good morning everybody. Thank you very much for your presence.
Having been for most of my life directly linked to the questions of migration, both in my official functions but also as a civil society volunteer, it was for me a very emotional moment when I saw the members of the conference unanimously, in acclamation [adopt] the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

13 September 2018, Accra

Remarks at Funeral of Kofi Annan

To Nane Annan and the Annan Family,   

To Kofi Annan’s larger family, starting with you, President Akufo-Addo and the people of his beloved Ghana, and extending to every corner of the globe,  

To the many members of the United Nations community who grieve the passing of one of our own.

Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special. 

To my mind, it is simply this:    

Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.  

09 July 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press encounter with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

Thank you very much for your presence. As I just said to the [African Union] Peace and Security Council: if the UN fails in Africa, the UN fails. On the other hand, African leadership is essential to solve African problems. If those two things are true, the only way for the UN to deliver is for a very solid and close partnership with African Union and I am extremely grateful to Chairperson Faki for the excellent development our relations have had in the recent past.

28 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference at the African Union Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence.
The fact that I am surrounded by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and my new Special Advisor on Africa, who in New York is essentially in charge of the economic and development cooperation of the UN with the African continent, shows that our partnership with the African Union has now gained an enormous development in this area.