António Guterres

03 April 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the opening of the Fiftieth Session of the Commission on Population and Development

[Delivered by Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet]

Your Excellency, Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development.  

03 April 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the Fiftieth Session of the Commission on Population and Development

[Delivered by Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet]

Your Excellency, Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development.  

03 April 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on an explosion in the St. Petersburg metro

 
The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in the St. Petersburg metro. He extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people of the Russian Federation. Those responsible for this appalling act must be held accountable.
 
New York, 3 April 2017
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
 
 

03 April 2017, New York

Mr. Jeremiah Mamabolo of South Africa - Joint Special Representative for Darfur, appointed by UN Secretary -General and African Union Commission Chair

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
 
Mr. Mamabolo has been serving UNAMID as Acting Joint Special Representative since the departure of Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria on 4 January 2017.
 

02 April 2017, New York

Message on World Autism Awareness Day

On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

31 March 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Ukraine

The Secretary-General welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Trilateral Contact Group of a new agreement on ensuring the full adherence to the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April. 

31 March 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

We have noted the recent statements by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and express full support for the call to the sides to refrain from any actions that would undermine the ceasefire agreement. 

We welcome all efforts to reduce the level of tensions and call on all sides to demonstrate the necessary political will to resume substantive negotiations leading to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 

Farhan Haq
New York, 31 March 2017 

 

10:00 a.m H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão (Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR LESTE)
10:45 a.m. Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed
   
  *All other appointments are internal
   

 

31 March 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory

The Secretary-General took notice with disappointment and alarm of the decision by Israel to build a new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.
 
The Secretary-General has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security. He condemns  all unilateral actions that, like the present one, threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution.
 
Settlement activities are illegal under international law and present an obstacle to peace. 

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Excellencies,
 
As salaam alaikum.
 
I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.
 
Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.