Europe

22 December 2017, The Hague

Remarks at the opening of the Centre for Humanitarian Data

Dear Minister,
Dear Mark,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a great pleasure to be here this morning in the company of our hosts, representing not only the City of The Hague but the Government of the Netherlands and also with my colleague the OCHA head [USG Mark Lowcock], to open this Centre for Humanitarian Data. 

This is a signpost for the future. 

It shows how the technologies that are revolutionizing every aspect of our lives can be harnessed to help and support vulnerable people all over the world. 

22 December 2017, The Hague

Remarks at joint event with cabinet ministers, academia and civil society of the Netherlands: “Security Central: The United Nations and Current Threats To International Peace and Security”

I am delighted to be visiting the Netherlands because it is always a pleasure to visit a country whose government and people are such strong supporters of the United Nations and so clearly committed to multilateralism in the difficult times that multilateralism is facing in the present world.
 

12 December 2017, Paris

Remarks at One Planet summit

President Macron,
Excellencies,
World Bank President Jim Kim,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
We are not yet winning the war on climate change -- the defining challenge of our times.
 
The Paris Agreement lays the basis for ambitious action.
 
But we know that current commitments will not get us there.
 
Every day, in every region, the front pages are dominated by weather-related disasters – storms, floods, droughts, fires.
 
My recent visit to Barbuda and Dominica was truly heart-breaking and eye-opening.

16 November 2017, London

Speech at SOAS, University of London, on “Counter-terrorism and human rights: winning the fight while upholding our values”

I thank SOAS and Valerie Amos for bringing us together this evening.

As Valerie said, I had the luck of being working side by side with her to support the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the most tragic of circumstances.

And I have to tell you that she is a leading humanitarian, a fantastic colleague and a very dear friend.

And I also want to thank all of you for being here to talk about one of the most difficult and challenging issues of our time: Combating the global threat of terrorism, without compromising our respect for human rights.

15 November 2017, Bonn

Opening statement to the press at COP23

Good afternoon,

The COP23 takes place in a moment where we dramatically feel that we need urgency and ambition when thinking and acting about climate action.

The reports recently published show that the level of CO2 in the atmosphere is the highest since 800.000 years ago. And unfortunately, in 2017, we see for the first time in the last three years the emissions of greenhouse gases rising again.

15 November 2017, Bon

Remarks at the High-level event at COP23

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Photo: UNFCCC

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank Prime Minister Bainimarana for his remarks. And I want to congratulate him for his remarkable Presidency of COP23. My sincere gratitude for the excellent work that Fiji, the Government of Fiji and yourself, Prime Minister, have done.

And you are right.  We need more ambition.  We must go further and faster together.

It is fitting that this year’s conference is led by Fiji, a nation on the frontlines. 

09 July 2017, Kyiv

Press remarks with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
 
I want, first of all, to express my very deep gratitude to President [Petro] Poroshenko for his very warm welcome and his invitation that allowed me to be here today.
 

30 June 2017, Crans-Montana

Opening remarks at press conference on Cyprus

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (right), and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (left) during Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

I am glad to be here in Crans-Montana to chair the Conference on Cyprus today.  And I want to thank His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, the Turkish Cypriot leader, as well as the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, for their determination and commitment to the process.  And I also thank the European Union, which is attending as an observer, for its ongoing support.   

27 May 2017, Taormina

Remarks at G7 Summit Session on Outreach Countries and International Organizations on: "Innovation and Sustainable Development: Reinforcing the Partnership between the G7 and African Countries”

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I commend the G7 for focusing on Africa at an opportune moment for the continent – and for putting the spotlight on inclusive, innovation-driven growth and development.
 

11 May 2017, Londona

Opening remarks at joint press conference at the London Somalia Conference

Secretary-General’s joint press conference at the London Somalia Conference with Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

 
Thank you very much first of all, to the Government of the United Kingdom, to Boris Johnson, for having had the initiative of this conference, and to the President of Somalia for having created the political conditions that allowed it to happen.