Europe

27 June 2022, Lisbon

Secretary-General's opening remarks at joint press conference with President Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa of Portugal and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at United Nations Ocean Conference

Dear representatives of the media, welcome.

I am pleased to be in Lisbon to help launch the United Nations Ocean Conference, generously hosted by Kenya and Portugal.

And I feel that very personally today. 

Standing here, my mind goes back to the 1998 World Expo with a focus on the ocean that Portugal hosted while I was Prime Minister.  And the present Prime Minister was the Minister in charge of organizing the Expo.

Almost a quarter century later, this conference comes at a critical moment.

27 June 2022, Lisbon

Secretary-General's opening remarks to United Nations Ocean Conference

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Dear Friends,

All protocol observed.

Allow me, in my own city and my own country to say a few introductory words in my own language.

02 June 2022, Stockholm, Sweden

Secretary-General's remarks to Stockholm+50 international meeting 

Excellencies, 

Friends, 

Fifty years ago, the United Nations convened the landmark Conference on the Human Environment here in Stockholm. 

World leaders recognized that we have a collective responsibility to protect the environment so humanity can enjoy peace, prosperity and sustainable progress. 

And indeed, over that time humanity has progressed.   

But today global well-being is in jeopardy, in large part because we have not kept our promises on the environment. 

11 May 2022, Vienna

Secretary-General's opening remarks at joint press conference with Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg of Austria

Chancellor Nehammer, ladies and gentlemen of the press, Minister Schallenberg, I want to begin by expressing my deep gratitude for your country’s generous support to the United Nations and unwavering commitment to multilateralism.

This support and commitment are more critical today than ever.

We face multiple and interlinked global crises, and a proliferation of conflicts – not least the Russian invasion of Ukraine which is a violation of its territorial integrity and a violation of the Charter of the United Nations.   

10 May 2022, Chisinau, Moldova

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the press at the Chişinau Refugee Center

It is impossible to meet refugees and not be deeply moved by their stories.  People that fled bombardments of their cities. One couple was telling me of a bomb that fell in their yard.  People that have abandoned everything, including part of the family, because, as you know, men are not allowed to leave the country. So, this tragedy demonstrates that war is a senseless thing, and that this war must stop. There is no military solution for the problems that we are facing. We absolutely need to stop this war and we absolutely need to see international law prevail.

09 May 2022, Chişinau, Moldova

Secretary-General's remarks to the Media in Chişinau, Moldova

I thank the Government and people of Moldova for your warm welcome on my first visit to Chişinau.

As I told Prime Minister Gavrilita, I am here on a mission of solidarity and gratitude, to thank Moldova for your steadfast support for peace, and for your generosity in opening your borders, your homes and your hearts to almost half a million Ukrainian refugees.

Moldova is not just another country receiving refugees.

The most fragile of Ukraine’s neighbours, Moldova is by far the country that has received the most refugees, as proportion of its own population.

28 April 2022, Kyiv

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference with President of Ukraine

Secretary General António Guterres addresses the media in Kyiv, Ukraine. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

President Zelenskyy, thank you very much for your warm welcome in these most difficult times. 
  
Today, Ukraine is an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain.  
  
I witnessed that very vividly today around Kyiv: the senseless loss of life, the massive destruction, the unacceptable violations of human rights and the laws of war.   
  
It is vital that the International Criminal Court and other UN mechanisms conduct their work so that there can be real accountability. 
  
The position of the United Nations is clear. 
  

28 April 2022, Kyiv

Secretary-General's remarks to the press in three locations outside of Kyiv

BORODYANKA TOWN:
When I see those destroyed buildings, I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. So, the war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil. And when one sees these situations our heart, of course, stays with the victims. Our condolences to their families, but our emotions are that there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. Look at that.

26 April 2022, Moscow

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press encounter with Russian Foreign Minister

Press encounter with Secretary-General António Guterres and Sergey Lavrov of Russia

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, 

18 February 2022, Munich

Remarks to the Munich Security Conference Opening Segment

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be back in Munich for the first time in three years.

Unfortunately, the world has grown even more complex and dangerous during that time.

I see five major reasons.

First, geopolitical divides have continued to grow and deepen.

These divides often paralyse the Security Council and create an environment of impunity in which state and non-state actors believe they can do whatever they want.