António Guterres

01 December 2020, New York

Secretary-General's video message to International Anti-Corruption Conference - "Designing 2030: Truth, Trust and Transparency”

I send my warmest greetings to this important conference on tackling corruption and the threat it poses to peace and justice.

Corruption squanders public resources, undermining sustainable, inclusive development and peaceful societies.

It angers people – rightly – and erodes trust in governments and their leaders.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of corruption from the health sector to public procurement, stimulus packages and rescue funds.

30 November 2020, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General's phone call with US President-elect Joseph R. Biden

The Secretary-General was pleased to speak with President-elect Joseph R. Biden today to extend his personal congratulations to the President-elect.

01 November 2020, New York

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

With the world’s attention focused on the COVID-19 crisis, World AIDS Day is a reminder of the need to maintain focus on another global pandemic that is still with us nearly 40 years after it emerged.

Despite significant successes, the AIDS emergency is not over.  HIV still infects 1.7 million people each year and kills some 690 000.  And inequalities mean that those who are the least able to stand up for their rights are still the most affected.  


30 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's opening remarks at Thirteenth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [as delivered]

I am pleased to join you for the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Later this week, we will also observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

I take this issue of disability inclusion extremely seriously.

Securing the rights of persons with disabilities is necessary for upholding the values and principles of the United Nations Charter. 

That is why, last year, I launched a UN system-wide Disability Inclusion Strategy.

29 November 2020, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the attack in Nigeria

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack on rice farm workers in Koshobe village, near the Borno State capital of Maiduguri by suspected militants on 28 November, in which scores were reportedly killed and many others injured or abducted, including women. 

Alice Wairimu Nderitu Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Alice Wairimu Nderitu

Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 10 November 2020 the appointment of Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.  She succeeds Adama Dieng of Senegal, to whom the Secretary-General has expressed deep gratitude for his dedicated leadership and achievements.  The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Navamanee Ratna (Pramila) Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who has been serving as Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. 

28 November 2020, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone call with H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

On Friday, the Secretary-General spoke by telephone with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia. She informed him of the contacts held between the Envoys of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as President of the African Union, namely Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, with the Ethiopian authorities, particularly with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed.

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