Africa

22 June 2017, Imvepi

Opening remarks to the press at the Imvepi refugee settlement in Uganda

What we have all seen is the demonstration of the extraordinary generosity of the people and the Government of Uganda, receiving so many hundreds of thousands, almost 1 million, South Sudanese refugees as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have.
 
In a world where so many people are selfishly closing their doors, closing their borders, not allowing refugees to come, this example deserves praise, admiration from the whole international community.
 

08 March 2017, Nairobi

Opening remarks at press conference at UN Headquarters, Gigiri Complex

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

As you know, I went yesterday to Somalia and I came out of Somalia with a double feeling, a feeling of sorrow, but also a feeling of hope.

08 March 2017, Nairobi

Remarks at commemoration of International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we have thousands of meetings like this one – meetings that clearly proclaim the need for gender equality. 

And in our world, all UN organizations and most of the governments everywhere, most of the institutions everywhere, have adopted gender equality as a policy with programmes to implement that policy and with an enormous amount of public interventions in which most women and men proclaim that commitment to gender equality. 

08 March 2017, Nairobi

Press remarks following meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at State House, Nairobi

Thank you very much Mr. President [Kenyatta] for your kind words.

This has been an extremely positive visit and our discussions have been extremely constructive. They have allowed us to express a common perspective to all the problems that Kenya and the international community are facing today. 

07 March 2017, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press encounter with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia

Families displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, gather around Secretary-General António Guterres (white cap), who is in the region urging action to help them. Photo: UNSOM

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.  
 
I decided that I would make in Baidoa my first field visit of my tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations. And the reason why I came to Mogadishu and Baidoa is very simple: to express my deep solidarity with the Somali people in this moment that is at the same time both tragic and
hopeful.
 

30 January 2017, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the African Union Summit

Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
Excellencies,
All protocol observed,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be with you.

I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.

29 January 2017, Addis Ababa

Remarks at High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All protocol observed.

It is to me an honour and a pleasure to be here today in this High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

This High-level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government at the present moment.

And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest.

17 November 2016, Marrakech

Remarks at the Civil Society Event at COP22

Friends,

It is wonderful to see so many of the strongest champions for climate action in the world. Thank you for honouring me with this gathering.

This is my last meeting at my last COP as Secretary-General. I wanted to spend it with you. You are the heart and soul of the climate movement. Together we have climbed many mountains. Of course there will be more to climb, but we can and will do so together. The view from the top will be spectacular.

It has been a privilege to spend the past decade with you fighting for climate action.

17 November 2016, Marrakech

Remarks for the High-Level event on Accelerating Climate Action

Good morning, salaam alekum and bonjour.

I have made climate change a priority since my first days in office. Over the past ten years, I have seen great progress in our common journey toward a low-emission, climate resilient future.

We have proved the power of multilateral cooperation.

The Paris Agreement is a successful, new model for meeting some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Climate action will advance progress across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We have seen the massive potential.

16 November 2016, Marrakech

Remarks at opening of "Momentum for Change" Awards Ceremony

Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC,
Ms. Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel,
Distinguished winners of the Momentum for Change Awards,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be with you today. I especially thank UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa for hosting and supporting this wonderful initiative.
 
I have attended five Lighthouse Activity ceremonies in recent years, including at Paris.