António Guterres

 

06 April 2017, New York

Lt. Gen. Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda - Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). 

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05 April 2017, Brussels

Remarks to the opening plenary session at the Brussels Conference on supporting Syrians and the Region

Secretary-General António Guterres joined by Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. UN/Christophe Verhellen

I thank the High Representative, Ms. Federica Mogherini for hosting us in Brussels today, and our fellow co-chairs from Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, and the UK for organising this important conference in support of Syria and the region.

This is the fifth conference of its kind, and I thank Kuwait and the UK for successfully hosting its predecessors.

I am pleased to see so many Member States, international organisations and non-governmental organisations are sending a message of solidarity to the people of Syria, and to all those impacted by the conflict:

05 April 2017, Brussels

Secretary-General's remarks to the opening plenary session at the Brussels Conference on supporting Syrians and the Region

I thank the High Representative, Ms. Federica Mogherini for hosting us in Brussels today, and our fellow co-chairs from Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, and the UK for organising this important conference in support of Syria and the region.
 
This is the fifth conference of its kind, and I thank Kuwait and the UK for successfully hosting its predecessors.
 
I am pleased to see so many Member States, international organisations and non-governmental organisations are sending a message of solidarity to the people of Syria, and to all those impacted by the conflict:

04 April 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to victims of the incident and their families.

The United Nations is not currently in a position to independently verify these reports. The OPCW Fact Finding Mission has announced that it has begun gathering information to attempt to confirm if chemical weapons were used.

04 April 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on UNFPA

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women and girls and their families around the world. 

He believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work of UNFPA.

As High Commissioner for Refugees for over ten years, the Secretary-General saw firsthand the life-saving character of UNFPA’s activities. 

04 April 2017, New York

Secretary-General's message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action [scroll down for French version]

In today’s world, conflicts are multiplying and increasingly interlinked.

Most disturbingly, many warring parties shamelessly target civilians and show a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law.

Improvised explosive devices are killing and injuring thousands of civilians annually. 

These pernicious devices are hidden in homes and schools, terrorizing local populations.    

 

31 March 2017, Hassan Sham

Remarks to the press after visiting the Hassan Sham camp in northern Iraq

This is a visit of solidarity with the people of Mosul who have suffered the oppression of ISIS in terrible conditions and that are now suffering from the military operations that are needed to defeat terrorism in Mosul.