U.N. Secretariat

15 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath laying for victims of Ethiopian air crash

Dear colleagues and dear friends,
 
We come together in sadness and solidarity to pay tribute to our fellow UN family members who perished on Sunday. 
 
In doing so, we also remember all the victims of the air crash that claimed so many lives – including civil society partners and humanitarian workers.
 
We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.
 
With our condolences also to the people and the Government of Ethiopia.
 

11 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-level event on Women in Power

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Madame President, let me begin by thanking you for this excellent initiative.
 
After having addressed this same room on Friday and Monday, I think my duty today is to be brief. Today what matters is to listen to the voices of those that are making a difference: the women leaders that are indeed contributing to the necessary shift of power in today’s world.
 
I will limit myself to repeat what has been my central message in relation to this issue.
 

11 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks about plane crash in Ethiopia on 10 March 2019

(Delivered before the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women)

11 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

This is the Commission on the Status of Women.
 
But it could equally go by another name: the Commission on the Status of Power.
 
Because that is the crux of the issue.
 
Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power.
 
For millennia, women have been systematically marginalized, ignored and silenced, in a male dominated world with a male dominated culture.
 

08 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on International Women's Day 2019

Warm greetings on International Women’s Day.
 
This year’s observance falls at a time when our world faces many global challenges, from climate change, inequality, armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies to the weakening
of commitment to multilateralism.
 

01 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Group of Friends on Preventing Violent Extremism

Thank you for your membership in this important group of friends.
 
Since September 2017, when it was established by Jordan and Norway, the group has served as a useful forum for exploring lessons learned and best practices.
 
Today our focus is on how to defend the rights of women, place their voices and expertise at the centre of our strategies, and work together with them to limit and prevent violent extremism.
 

22 February 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit

Welcome to the United Nations. 
 
I am very grateful to Kathy Calvin and the UN Foundation for making this happen.
 
I also thank Teta Banks, and the leadership of the United Nations Association of the United States. 
 
I want to congratulate you on the 75th Anniversary. We will have next year the commemoration of the 75th anniversary at the United Nations.
 

21 February 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at Organizational Meeting of the 2019 Session of the Special Committee on Decolonization

Decolonization helped to transform the United Nations membership, propelling the Organization’s growth from 51 original members to 193 today.

Decolonization is one of the most significant chapters of the Organization’s history. But this story is still being written, as 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories remain.

Each deserves attention.

21 February 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at IPU-UN Parliamentary Hearing: "Emerging Challenges to Multilateralism: A Parliamentary Response"

I am very pleased to join you.
 
I attach great importance to the close ties between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and to the key role played by parliamentarians.
 
As a former parliamentarian, I have felt the heavy responsibility of representing people and trying to advance their aspirations.
 
Over the span of a quarter-century, I was elected to Parliament seven times, serving as Prime Minister for six-and-a-half years, in an essentially parliamentarian regime.
 

15 February 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

I am honoured to participate in your first meeting of the year.
 
I congratulate the Chair, Ambassador Cheikh Niang, and other members of the Bureau on your election.
 
And I commend your efforts and commitment towards a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian question.