António Guterres

16 November 2020, Strasbourg, France

Secretary-General's video message for the World Forum for Democracy,16-18 November

It is a pleasure to greet the World Forum for Democracy at this critical juncture in world affairs. 

I welcome your focus on the perils facing the environment.  Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, we face a triple planetary emergency: a climate crisis, a nature crisis and a pollution crisis.  These are causing profound suffering – lost lives, lost jobs, rising hunger, declining health and widening damage from disasters.

Yet we have solutions.  We know what we need to do to reconcile humankind and nature. 


14 November 2020, New York

UN Secretary-General's opening remarks to the 11th UN-ASEAN Summit (as delivered)

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.

14 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's video message to East Asia Summit 2020

I am pleased to send greetings to the East Asia Summit. I welcome your focus on the COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic has caused profound disruption around the world. The countries of East and Southeast Asia have set a strong example in dealing with the pandemic.

Yet, in Asia, the virus has still infected at least 14 million people and killed more than a quarter million. The economic and social crises triggered by COVID-19 have added to the challenges of the immediate health crisis.


9:00 p.m. Hybrid ASEAN-UN Summit [Secretary-General to make remarks]
  All other appointments.


13 November 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: Nagorno-Karabakh

The Spokesman was asked again about the Secretary-General’s reaction to the agreement on the cessation of hostilities in the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone signed earlier this week. The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman:

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا حركة المرور على الطرق.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لمرضى السكري.

15 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's message on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims [scroll down for French version]

Road traffic collisions are a major health and development concern.  Some 3700 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and colleagues are lost on the world’s roads every day.  Road traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for children and young adults between 5 and 29 years old, and ninety percent of victims live in low- and middle-income countries.

14 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's message on World Diabetes Day [scroll down for French version]

Many efforts have been made to prevent and treat diabetes.  Yet the number of people with diabetes is going up. What’s more, it is rising most rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, the countries least well-equipped with the diagnostics, medicines, and knowledge to provide life-saving treatment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional pain.  Many people who require regular care and treatment for their diabetes have struggled to access that care.  And people with diabetes are at increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19.