António Guterres

18 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Youth4Climate Virtual Event

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important conversation. 

And I thank the youth of our world – here and marching in the streets – for your inspiring engagement on the climate crisis. 

This is the most pressing issue of our time, especially for your generation. 

You are having a major impact, and we are starting to see signs that the tide is turning. 

Our goal is zero net emissions by 2050.  

We rely on young activists like yourselves to help us get there.  

18 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to Youth4Climate Virtual Event

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important conversation. 

And I thank the youth of our world – here and marching in the streets – for your inspiring engagement on the climate crisis. 

This is the most pressing issue of our time, especially for your generation. 

You are having a major impact, and we are starting to see signs that the tide is turning. 

Our goal is zero net emissions by 2050.  

We rely on young activists like yourselves to help us get there.  

 

  All appointments are internal
   
   
   
   

 

17 November 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: Statement by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Ethiopia

I am increasingly concerned about the evolving humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia and neighbouring areas. Even before the current hostilities, nearly a million people in Tigray, and millions more who live in close proximity to its regional and national boundaries, were in need of humanitarian assistance. Many humanitarian organizations, working closely with national, regional and local authorities, have been deeply involved in helping meet those needs for many years.

17 November 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: UN Secretary-General's letter to G20 leaders [please scroll down for French and Spanish versions]

Excellency,

A microscopic virus has brought the world to its knees. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare systemic fragilities in our societies, our global economic system and the frameworks that govern the international system.  The consequences are clear: inequalities are growing ever wider; debt burdens are skyrocketing; and an ever-expanding number of families, communities and economies require essential support and are looking to world leaders in their hour of greatest need. 

17 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's video message to the closing of the 15th Annual Internet Governance Forum: Internet Governance in the Age of Uncertainty

It is a pleasure to address this closing session of the fifteenth annual Internet Governance Forum.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of digital technologies and transformation, and on the urgent need to enhance the role of the IGF as a platform for dialogue on proposed solutions.

This year has brought new evidence of the benefits of connectivity. Internet access is protecting healthcare, jobs and lives.

 

10:15 a.m. Virtual Meeting with the 2020 Class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals
11:00 a.m. H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly
   
  All other appointments are internal
   

 

16 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme

Excellencies and Dear colleagues,

It is an enormous pleasure to join you and I'd like to start if you allow me on a personal note.

The best years of my life were the years I spent as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

One of the reasons why they were the best years of my life was because I was able to work so closely with multiple programmes, providing protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people around the world.

16 November 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's remarks to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme [as delivered]

Excellencies and Dear colleagues,

It is an enormous pleasure to join you and I'd like to start if you allow me on a personal note.

The best years of my life were the years I spent as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

One of the reasons why they were the best years of my life was because I was able to work so closely with multiple programmes, providing protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people around the world.

14 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the 11th UN-ASEAN Summit

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to join you for the 11th ASEAN-UN Summit, and I want to congratulate Viet Nam for its solidarity as ASEAN Chair and as member of the UN Security Council

I wish to start by expressing my deepest condolences on the loss of lives caused by the recent floods and landslides in Viet Nam. The United Nations stands with you.

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the international community is facing a ‘perfect storm’:

A global pandemic.

The climate emergency.