António Guterres

12 February 2017, Riyadh

Secretary-General's comments at the King Salman Humanitarian Centre

Q: What is your impression of the King Salman Humanitarian Centre and its work in Syria and Yemen? 
I saw this centre being born when I was High Commissioner for Refugees and I was very encouraged today to see the centre developing its activities, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles, not only in Syria and Yemen, but in so many countries around the world. I wish to all that work in the centre the best  success in helping so many people in distress and so many people in need around the world. 

11 February 2017, New York

Secretary-General's message on International Day of Women and Girls in Science [scroll down for French version]

For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a trained engineer and former teacher, I know that these stereotypes are flat wrong. They deny women and girls the chance to realize their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population.

11 February 2017, Istanbul, Turkey

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey. The Secretary-General thanked the Turkish Government for its hospitality during his first bilateral visit to Turkey.

11 February 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents on Salam Fayyad

The proposal for Salam Fayyad to serve as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Libya was solely based on Mr. Fayyad’s recognized personal qualities and his competence for that position.

United Nations staff serve strictly in their personal capacity. They do not represent any government or country.

10 February 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents: Secretary-General's Special Envoy to facilitate dialogue in El Salvador [Scroll down for Spanish version]

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to facilitate dialogue in El Salvador, Mr. Benito Andión, will start his second official mission to the country on 14 February.  

During the mission, the Special Envoy will meet with the main stakeholders.  The goal of the mission is to better understand different sectors’ interests and aspirations and to seek consensus on a methodology and agenda for a process designed to build trust among political and civil society leaders and to give voice to Salvadoran society.

10 February 2017, Istanbul, Turkey

The Secretary-General's Press Encounter with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey

Honourable Prime Minister,
Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
It is indeed for me an enormous pleasure and an enormous honour to be in Istanbul, starting my first bilateral visit since I was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations. And I believe it was my duty to start here in Turkey, as I have a huge depth of gratitude [to] the Turkish Government and the Turkish people.


09 February 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” upon his election as Federal President of Somalia yesterday. He commends AMISOM and the Somali security forces for ensuring a secure environment during the poll.

09 February 2017, New York

Note on travel by the Secretary-General, 9-21 February

Later today the Secretary-General will travel to Istanbul, Turkey and then to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Egypt, as the first part of his visits to the region.

In Istanbul, the Secretary-General is expected to have separate meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Turkey.

From there, the Secretary-General is expected to travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to have discussions with the King, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince, as well as with senior officials.

29 January 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

The Secretary-General and the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, met on the margins of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 29 January 2017. They discussed issues of mutual concern, including the promotion of peace in the region, and how to strengthen the partnership between Kenya and the United Nations to that end.