Americas

16 July 2018, San Jose

Remarks at Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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09 June 2018, La Malbaie

Comments of the UN Secretary-General to the 44th G7 Summit

Excellencies,
 
I welcome your decision to bring a focus on oceans.
 
The facts are clear.  Our oceans are a mess.
 
Some 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year.  Unless we change course, it could outweigh all the fish in the oceans by 2050.
 
Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet.  It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.
 
One mass of plastic in the Pacific is now bigger than France.
 

23 March 2018, New York

Remarks to Turtle Bay Security Roundtable: Managing the Frontiers of Technology

I thank Ambassador Bessho and the Permanent Mission of Japan for inviting me today and for hosting this gathering of experts on an important and fast-moving set of issues.

We live in an era of unprecedented technological advances – one that many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with tectonic social and economic shifts. These have implications for all aspects of modern life, including how we work and the overall security environment.  It is clear that what we once considered frontier issues have moved rapidly to the front door.

08 October 2017, Roseau

Opening remarks at press conference in Roseau, Dominica

Thank you very much, your Excellency, for your kinds words and for the warm welcome the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. 

07 October 2017, Antigua and Barbuda

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda

Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
 
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
 
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
 
This must make us think seriously.
 

30 May 2017, New York

Address on Climate Action at New York University Stern School of Business

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses audience at New York University Stern School of Business. Photo: Florencia Soto Nino

I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and especially the Stern School of Business, for your warm welcome and your role in making today’s gathering possible.

Let me also thank all of you for being here to discuss the crucial challenge of climate change and how we must address it.

I can think of no better audience – this wonderful mix of scholars and scientists, students and activists, investors and entrepreneurs – the people who, together, are making climate action real.

28 December 2016, Carbondale, Illinois

Remarks at Southern Illinois University, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Honorable Randy J. Dunn, President of the Southern Illinois University System,
Honorable Brad Colwell, Interim Chancellor of SIU Carbondale,
Mr. Jak Tichenor, Interim Director of the Paul Simon Institute,
Ms. Sheila Simon, former Illinois Lt. Governor and daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Thank you for your warm welcome.  I am grateful to Southern Illinois University for inviting me to be here.
 

29 November 2016, New York

Remarks at the event "Ethics in Action: The UN’S 17 Sustainable Development Goals"

It is a pleasure to join you. I thank the New York Society for Ethical Culture for hosting this gathering.

Professor Sachs, I would like to express my gratitude for the Ethics in Action award. I know it is not just me you are recognizing, but also the Organization I have been honoured to lead for the past decade -- and especially, the staff who bring UN ideals to life around the clock, around the world. Thank you for this recognition.

I am also very moved to hear the special message from His Holiness Pope Francis.

22 November 2016, New York

Remarks on "Future of Multilateral Disarmament" at New York University

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to have this opportunity to share some thoughts on my hope and what the United Nations has been doing on arms control and disarmament with distinguished professors and students here today.

You have helped to prepare future generations to address global challenges through multilateral cooperation. 

Your outstanding teaching and research have deepened the public’s understanding of the work of the United Nations. 

And I salute you all for all of this and much more ­– what you have been doing and continue to do.