António Guterres

 

Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top, top priority for everyone, everywhere — ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
 

02 December 2020, New York

Secretary-General's address at Columbia University: "The State of the Planet" 

Secretary-General António Guterres discusses the State of the Planet at Columbia University in New York City. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

President Bollinger,
Dear friends,

I thank Columbia University for hosting this gathering — and I welcome those joining online around the world.

We meet in this unusual way as we enter the last month of this most unusual year.

We are facing a devastating pandemic, new heights of global heating, new lows of ecological degradation and new setbacks in our work towards global goals for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.

To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken.

Dear friends,

Humanity is waging war on nature.

01 December 2020, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Solemn Meeting in Commemoration of All Victims of the Second World War

This year, we marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with tributes to the Organization’s achievements and calls to strengthen multilateralism to meet longstanding and new challenges.  
But our observance of this milestone would not be complete without recognition of the losses of the Second World War, which led to the formation of the United Nations itself.  

The millions who fell on the battlefield; 

The millions murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust; 

02 December 2020, New York

Secretary-General's address at Columbia University: "The State of the Planet" [scroll down for language versions]

[Watch the video at webtv.un.org]

President Bollinger,
Dear friends,

I thank Columbia University for hosting this gathering — and I welcome those joining online around the world.

We meet in this unusual way as we enter the last month of this most unusual year.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للمتطوعين.

 

8:40 a.m. Address at Columbia University entitled “State of the Planet” [Secretary-General to deliver remarks]
11:00 a.m. BBC Climate Special (Live) 
   
  All other appointments are internal. 
   

 

01 December 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at General Assembly Solemn Meeting in Commemoration of All Victims of the Second World War [as delivered]

This year, we marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with tributes to the Organization’s achievements and calls to strengthen multilateralism to meet longstanding and new challenges.  

But our observance of this milestone would not be complete without recognition of the losses of the Second World War, which led to the formation of the United Nations itself.  

The millions who fell on the battlefield; 

The millions murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust; 

01 December 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development

Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

I am pleased to join you in commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development. 

It is a critical time to reflect on what it will take to ensure equality for all and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing gaps in social development.

It has wiped out important development gains in a matter of months.

For the first time in decades, extreme poverty is rising.