António Guterres

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica (please scroll down for Spanish)

The Secretary-General met with the President of Costa Rica, H.E. Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís. The Secretary-General warmly welcomed the adoption of the Costa Rican National Pact for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Similarly, the Secretary-General thanked President Solís for his leadership as co-President of the High-Level Group for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

They also discussed other matters such as migration, refugees and climate change.

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20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan. 

The Secretary-General appreciated Bhutan’s contribution to peace operations. 

The Secretary-General commended Bhutan’s leadership in advocating Gross National Happiness and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. They exchanged views on climate change and regional development.

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Secretary-General encouraged the country to continue with its democratic reforms. He also noted the importance of finding a solution to water-related issues in Central Asia acceptable to all its states. 

The President expressed support towards the UN reforms launched by the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General and the President also discussed efforts undertaken toward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

The Secretary-General thanked Germany for its long-standing support to the United Nations. The Secretary-General and the Vice-Chancellor discussed the ongoing reforms of the United Nations. 

The Secretary-General and the Vice-Chancellor also exchanged views on the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the situation in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula. 

20 September 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents: Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota selected as International Female Police Peacekeeper 2017

Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota from Zimbabwe has received the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service and achievements in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). 

The award was given at the International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia on 18 September. 

Ms. Chota is the first police officer from Zimbabwe to receive the award. It recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of female police officers serving the United Nations and is bestowed annually since 2011. 

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland. The Secretary-General and the President discussed Poland’s forthcoming non-permanent membership of the Security Council.

They also discussed cooperation between Poland and the United Nations, including on climate change, as well as issues of peace and security in Eastern Europe and the need for greater regional cooperation.

20 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on Demographic Roadmap for Africa: Moving from Commitment to Action [Bilingual, as delivered]

[Bilingual, as delivered; scroll further down for all-English version]

20 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial meeting on the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali [bilingual, as delivered]

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Avant de commencer, est-ce que je peux vous demander une minute de silence en honneur des soldats maliens et de nombre de forces de sécurité maliennes et de forces de [maintien] de la paix qui sont tombés dans la protection du peuple malien – y compris ce matin?
Monsieur le Président, Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
 
The Secretary-General noted Azerbaijan’s efforts to promote international cooperation on a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, as well as its efforts to promote sustainable development.
 

20 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on a number of issues, including developments in the Middle East, Syria and Libya.

The Secretary-General congratulated Egypt on its work as a non-permanent member in the Security Council. The Secretary-General and the President also discussed efforts to combat terrorism.