Africa

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the consultative meeting on South Sudan with the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations

One year ago it was obvious to me that it was absolutely essential to overcome some misunderstandings of the past and to make sure that there would be a full alignment of the United Nations and the African Union and IGAD, in the conduct of the international community in addressing the problems South Sudan and the plight of the people of South Sudan. I think this alignment has been very successful. What has been achieved under the leadership of IGAD is remarkable.
 

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the High-Level Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in African by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals”

After a period of prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise.  Africa has the highest rates of hunger in the world, and they are increasing.  Agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa is under threat.  This is largely due to conflict and climate change. 
 

27 October 2017, Bangui

Remarks to the National Assembly of the Central African Republic

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mbi Bala Ala Koué. [Greetings to you all.]

It is a great honour to be speaking to you and – through you – to all the people of the Central African Republic.

This is a place in which I feel very much at home, for two reasons.

23 June 2017, Kampala

Opening remarks to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees

Your Excellency President Museveni,
Excellencies,
All protocol observed,
 
Twelve years ago I became on the 15th of June High Commissioner for Refugees. On the 18th of June caught a plane to fly to Uganda to visit South Sudanese refugees to celebrate with them World Refugee Day.
 
This was a moment during in which the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was being established and peace between north and south was finally being achieved.
 

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.