Asia Pacific

18 February 2020, Lahore

Remarks at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

It is for me an enormous pleasure to be with all of you today, especially in a moment in which we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, and we hope to transform the 75th anniversary in a mutation in the way the UN relates with you.

Most political leaders and international organizations have in my opinion four stages in their relations with young people all over the world.

18 February 2020, Kartarpur

Remarks to press at Kartarpur, Pakistan

This is a very emotional moment — and I cannot be here without having a very strong feeling. 
 
It is wonderful to see interfaith dialogue. It is wonderful to see in the same shrine today Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, maybe Hindus — all worshipping in harmony and in peace. 
 
This is the best symbol that we can give for a world in peace and for a world in which there is mutual respect and there is the acceptance of what is different — recognizing that diversity is a blessing, is a richness, not a threat. 
 

17 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks at the Centre for International Peace and Stability on "Future Challenges to Global Peace: The Role of the United Nations vis-a-vis A4P

Rector,
Dear Members of the Faculty,
Dear students,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I would like to ask you to join me in paying tribute to the heroic 157 Pakistani peacekeepers that sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. So, I would ask you please to join me in a moment of silence.
 
Thank you. I am very proud to be a colleague of theirs.
 

16 February 2020, Islamabad

Opening remarks to the press with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan

It is a pleasure to be back in Pakistan – a country deeply committed to multilateralism and the United Nations.

This is my first visit as Secretary-General of the United Nations, but as High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the opportunity – I was fortunate — to be able to visit this country several times.

And as I said this afternoon in the conference on sustainable development and climate change, what I’ve seen — the generosity and solidarity with the Afghan people — has created a love affair between the [Pakistani] people and myself.

17 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks to the High-Level Segment of the International Conference on Hosting 40 Years of Afghan Refugees

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, in Islamabad. UN Photo/Mark Garten

As-salam alaikum.

We come together to recognize a remarkable story of solidarity and compassion.

It is important to do so for many reasons, not least because it is a story that is sorely lacking in much of our world today.

For forty years, the people of Afghanistan have faced successive crises.

For forty years, the people of Pakistan have responded with solidarity.

That generosity now spans across decades and generations.

This is the world’s largest protracted refugee situation in recorded history.

16 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

It is for me an enormous pleasure to start with this meeting on climate change my first official visit as Secretary-General to Pakistan. For more than ten years, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I came many times to Pakistan. And in those ten years, I developed a love affair with the Pakistani people and with Pakistan itself.

17 February 2020, Islamabad

Opening remarks at joint press briefing with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

I’ll have a very brief message. First to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the generosity and hospitality of the Pakistanis, for having received for 40 years millions of Afghan refugees.

05 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter at Bangkok's Centenary Park

I am very pleased to visit this climate mitigation project, which is very symbolic] and especially because it is in the context of an ASEAN Summit that as sustainability as its main issue for discussion. And the biggest threat to sustainability today in the world is climate change.
 

02 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter at Bangkok's Centenary Park

I am very pleased to visit this climate mitigation project, which is very symbolic] and especially because it is in the context of an ASEAN Summit that as sustainability as its main issue for discussion. And the biggest threat to sustainability today in the world is climate change.
 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Remarks at the opening of the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
Excellencies,
 
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the government and people of Thailand for your warm welcome and your leadership as the 2019 Chair of ASEAN. 
 
I thank you for your focus at this Summit on ‘Advancing partnership for sustainability’.  
 
Excellencies,
 
We are facing tense and turbulent times around the globe.