António Guterres

22 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the United Nations Day Concert 

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to join you in marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

I thank the Permanent Mission of Italy for preparing a remarkable programme for us today, headlined by the marvelous Roberto Bolle and Teatro alla Scala.  

Music, dance and the arts take many forms around the world, reflecting the wondrous diversity of culture.

As we celebrate United Nations Day with this performance, I want to emphasize the importance of culture in the work of this Organization.

23 October 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: Opening remarks by Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya at press conference on ceasefire agreement between Libyan Parties

Good afternoon

Today is a good day for the Libyan people.  At 11:15 AM this morning, here in the UN headquarters in Geneva, the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks signed a complete, countrywide, and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect.  The agreement was facilitated by the United Nations and we signed it as witnesses.

The ceasefire also responds to the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire and cessation of hostilities related to the COVID pandemic.

22 October 2020, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on Guinea [scroll down for French version]

The Secretary-General condemns the violence that occurred following the 18 October presidential election in Guinea. He is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property. He expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a full recovery to the injured.
 

 

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22 October 2020, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on Côte d’Ivoire

The Secretary-General is concerned about the tense situation in Côte d'Ivoire ahead of the presidential election scheduled to take place on 31 October. He condemns the violent events in Bonoua and Dabou, which caused several fatalities, and expresses his sincere condolences to the bereaved families.

22 October 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the United Nations Day Concert [as delivered]

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to join you in marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

I thank the Permanent Mission of Italy for preparing a remarkable programme for us today, headlined by the marvelous Roberto Bolle and Teatro alla Scala.  

Music, dance and the arts take many forms around the world, reflecting the wondrous diversity of culture.

As we celebrate United Nations Day with this performance, I want to emphasize the importance of culture in the work of this Organization.

22 October 2020, Brazil

Secretary-General's video message: “Supreme Courts, Governance and Democracy: Contributions of Civil Society to the Improvement of the Governance of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil"

Excelentíssimo Senhor Ministro Luiz Fux, Presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal, Excelências, Senhoras e Senhores,

It is a great pleasure for me to join you today.

I recognize the Brazilian Supreme Court and civil society for the strong support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 commits the international community to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and to ensure equal access to justice for all.

 

21 October 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: Transcript of Press Conference by Stepanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission for Libya

Acting Special Representative: Good morning.  After two days of the first face-to-face direct talks between the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, these talks which have been marked by a great degree of patriotism and professionalism and an insistence on maintaining Libya’s unity and sovereignty, I am pleased to report that the two sides have reached agreement on several important issues which directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people. These points of agreement are: