António Guterres

30 March 2017, Baghdad, Iraq

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

This is a visit of solidarity, solidarity with the Iraqi people, solidarity with Iraqi Government and institutions; solidarity in what I believe is an historic moment for Iraq. Iraq is in the final stages of its fight against terrorism.

29 March 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents: Press release from the UN Special Envoy for Yemen

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed briefed the Security Council members today on the situation in Yemen and the efforts to continue negotiations on the peace process at a closed-door meeting. 

29 March 2017, New York

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan - Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as the next Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Office for Disarmament Affairs.  She will succeed Kim Won-soo of the Republic of Korea, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organisation.

29 March 2017, New York

Mr. David Beasley of the United States - Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva announced today their appointment of David Beasley of the United States as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Under-Secretary-General level, in succession to Ertharin Cousin of the United States. The Executive Board of WFP has confirmed its concurrence with the appointment.
 

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Secretary-General's Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States [As prepared for delivery]

 
 
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.
 

28 March 2017, New York

Statement of the Secretary-General on the death of two members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

I am deeply saddened to confirm that the remains discovered by peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on 27 March outside of the city of Kananga in the Congolese Kasaï-Central province are those of Michael Sharp (United States) and Zaida Catalan (Sweden), members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo missing since 12 March 2017. I convey my profound condolences to Michael's and Zaida's families, loved ones and colleagues.

24 March 2017, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Excellencies,
 
It is an honour to join you in commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

We must never forget this dark chapter of human history. And we must always remember the role played by many of our countries – including my own country of Portugal – in carrying out the largest forced migration in history and in robbing so many millions of people of their dignity and often also of their lives.

28 March 2017, Zaatari

Opening press remarks at Zaatari refugee camp

[inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

27 March 2017, New York

Joint communiqué of the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie on the situation in the Kasaï provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Addis Ababa, New York, Brussels and Paris, 27 March 2017: The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie continue to follow developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) closely. They express deep concern over the grave situation in the Kasaï provinces, as illustrated by reports that, between 23 and 24 March, about 40 members of the Congolese National Police were killed, during an ambush by the Kamuina Nsapu militia on the road between Tshikapa and Kananga.