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11 May 2017, London Somalia Conference

Remarks at event on response to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, London Somalia Conference

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Just over two months ago, I travelled to Mogadishu and Baidoa to spotlight the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
 
I chose this for my first visit as Secretary-General to the field because I remember too well the tragic situation in 2011. I could never forget the devastation, displacement, drought, famine and desperation.
 

11 May 2017, London

Opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference, seated with [left to right] President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo (Somalia), Prime Minister Theresa May (UK) and Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (AU). Photo: OSSG/Mathias Gillmann

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
We are here to support Somalia at a moment which is both tragic and hopeful. And I do believe that Somalia can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need in the international community and in our troubled world.
 
I thank the United Kingdom, as well as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia, for co-hosting.
 
I deeply appreciate the leadership of the African Union and the vital work of AMISOM. I thank Chairperson Faki for joining us today.
 

25 April 2017, Geneva

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Ministers Margot Wallström of Sweden and Didier Burkhalter of the Swiss Confederation following the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

On behalf of the broad humanitarian community and, I believe also, on behalf of the people of Yemen, I want to express our deep gratitude to all those who today have contributed with their generosity and their solidarity to make this first-ever humanitarian pledging conference for Yemen a remarkable success. 

25 April 2017, Geneva

Closing remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

It is time for us to conclude our work.  

I would like to express my deep gratitude to our two co-chairs, to Margot Wallström and Didier Burkhalter, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Switzerland.  

And I would like also to thank all those who made possible this pledging conference, working hard to create all the conditions necessary for it to take place in the excellent set-up in which we were able to operate.  

25 April 2017, Geneva

Opening remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium) is joined by from left: Foreign Ministers Margot Wallström of Sweden and Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland, and OCHA's Stephen O’Brien at a press briefing in Geneva following the Yemen pledging event. Photo: OCHA/Violaine Martin

It is my pleasure to co-chair this conference and to welcome you all today to Geneva.  And if you allow me, I will begin with my own brief opening statements. 
 
I thank my co-chairs for hosting this pledging conference, and thank all of you for your solidarity with Yemen’s children, women and men. 
 

05 April 2017, Brussels

Remarks to the opening plenary session at the Brussels Conference on supporting Syrians and the Region

Secretary-General António Guterres joined by Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. UN/Christophe Verhellen

I thank the High Representative, Ms. Federica Mogherini for hosting us in Brussels today, and our fellow co-chairs from Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, and the UK for organising this important conference in support of Syria and the region.

This is the fifth conference of its kind, and I thank Kuwait and the UK for successfully hosting its predecessors.

I am pleased to see so many Member States, international organisations and non-governmental organisations are sending a message of solidarity to the people of Syria, and to all those impacted by the conflict:

27 February 2017, Geneva

Remarks to the Human Rights Council

Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council, 
President of the General Assembly,
High Commissioner,
Excellencies, 
Distinguished Delegates, 
Colleagues, 
Friends,

It is a profound honour to address the Human Rights Council. 

For 10 years, you may have known me as the “other” High Commissioner, just down the road. 

And so it is a great privilege to be with you for the first time in my capacity as Secretary-General.

I am here in a spirit of gratitude. And I am here at a time of urgency.

18 February 2017, Munich

Remarks to Munich Security Conference

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is indeed a great pleasure for me to be back in Munich now in this new capacity.

17 February 2017, Munich

Opening remarks at press encounter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence.

It is for me an enormous honour and an enormous pleasure to have my first bilateral visit in the European Union in Germany.

10 February 2017, Istanbul

Opening remarks at press encounter with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) at a press conference in Istanbul with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey. UN Photo/UNIC Ankara

Honourable Prime Minister,
 
Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
 
It is indeed for me an enormous pleasure and an enormous honour to be in Istanbul, starting my first bilateral visit since I was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations. And I believe it was my duty to start here in Turkey, as I have a huge depth of gratitude [to] the Turkish Government and the Turkish people.