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16 May 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East 

I thank the Chinese presidency for organizing this open meeting.

We meet today amid the most serious escalation in Gaza and Israel in years.

The current hostilities are utterly appalling.  This latest round of violence only perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction and despair, and pushes farther to the horizon any hopes of coexistence and peace.

Fighting must stop.  It must stop immediately.  Rockets and mortars on one side and aerial and artillery bombardments on the other must stop.  I appeal to all parties to heed this call.

06 May 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Excellencies, Dear friends,  
I want to thank Chancellor Merkel and the German government for convening this year’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue with the United Kingdom, president of this year’s UN climate conference.  
I strongly congratulate Germany for aiming to achieve carbon neutrality in 2045 and increase its 2030 target to cut its emissions by 65 per cent compared to 1990 levels. 

06 May 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at the Annual Memorial Service to honour United Nations Personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Dear Colleagues and family members,

We gather to remember and honour United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty over the course of last year. 

While we unfortunately cannot yet gather in person, this solemn ceremony powerfully reflects how those bonds transcend physical distance. 

We may not be in the same room, but we are together -- with unity in purpose and solidarity in sorrow. 

The year 2020 was like no other in the history of the United Nations. 

03 May 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at the Tribute to the Memory of H.E. Mr. Idriss Déby Itno, late President of the Republic of Chad

[English version; scroll down for as delivered in French version]

I was saddened by the tragic death of President Idriss Déby, whom I knew very well, on 19 April.

On behalf of the United Nations, I reiterate my deepest condolences to his family, to the Government and to the people of Chad.    

President Déby worked tirelessly for the stability of his country, the sub-region and the entire African continent.

26 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to event on pandemic preparedness and response financing architecture


Thank you for being part of this important discussion.

The COVID-19 pandemic caught the world unprepared.

It has now taken more than 3 million lives and pushed millions into poverty.

To respond and recover better we need more investment in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Progress on reducing poverty, providing equal access to health care and tackling the climate crisis means better resilience to shocks.

If we had advanced further on the SDGs, we would have been better prepared to weather the COVID-19 crisis.

22 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Leaders Summit on Climate


Thank you, President Biden, for bringing us together to focus on the existential threat of climate change.  

You have started this summit by walking the talk, and I applaud the commitment of the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent below [2005] levels.

Mother Nature is not waiting.  

The past decade was the hottest on record. 

Dangerous greenhouse gases are at levels not seen in 3 million years. 

Global temperature has already risen 1.2 degrees Celsius – racing toward the threshold of catastrophe.  

22 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Statement at the Conclusion of the Opening Session of the Leaders Summit on Climate

The Secretary-General thanks President Biden for convening today’s Leaders’ Summit. The commitments and actions announced, provide a much needed boost to our collective efforts to address the climate crisis ahead of COP 26 in November in Glasgow.  

19 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference to launch the "State of the Global Climate in 2020 Report" 

Secretary-General António Guterres presents a report on the State of the Global Climate in 2020 at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Welcome, all the members of the press.
This is a frightening report.
It needs to be read by all leaders and decision-makers in the world.
2020 was an unprecedented year for people and the planet.
It was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this report shows that 2020 was also another unprecedented year of extreme weather and climate disasters.
The cause is clear.
Anthropogenic climate change -- climate disruption caused by human activities, human decisions and human folly.

19 April 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council - on enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Subregional Organizations in enhancing confidence building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution

I would like to thank the Vietnamese Presidency for organizing this open debate and for the opportunity to brief the Security Council on what has been a key priority since taking office: cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations.

This cooperation has grown exponentially since 1945.

16 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Tribute to the Memory of H.E. Mr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the late President of the United Republic of Tanzania

We are gathered today to honour the memory of H.E. Mr. John Magufuli, the late President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

As we convey our condolences to the government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania, we also recognize the service of President Magufuli.

He sought to expand access to social services and tackle corruption.

The late President was a noted proponent of infrastructure development and industrialisation –vital tools for economic advancement.