António Guterres

15 March 2017, Geneva

Note to Correspondents - Office of the Special Envoy for Syria

Geneva, 15 March 2017 - The Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura condemns terrorist attacks in Damascus that took place today, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict.  These attacks have claimed the lives of innocent civilians.  They are also plainly designed to spoil attempts to sustain political talks.
 

13 March 2017, General Assembly

Remarks at the Commission on the Status of Women

Welcome and thank you all for being here.

I would like to share three simple messages with you today.

My first and most important message is one of gratitude: a deep and heartfelt thank you.

I thank you and salute you for raising your voices for women’s equality and dignity around the world.

Every day, you are on the frontlines for fairness – for a more just and decent world.

I have seen the difference you make in every corner of our globe.

You are an inspiration.

As you champion equality, you make the world better for all.

15 March 2017, Security Council

Remarks at Ministerial Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations: Forced labour, slavery and other similar practices

I thank the United Kingdom for convening this meeting, which builds on last December’s adoption of a far-reaching resolution targeting human trafficking in conflict situations.

Allow me to start with a short personal reflection.

I come from a country which, for centuries, engaged in the cruel trade in human beings. It is part of our history, that we will also not allow anyone to forget.

Portugal ultimately outlawed slavery in the 19th century

15 March 2017, New York

Statement by the Secretary-General on Syria

For six years now, the Syria people have been victims of one of the worst conflicts of our time.
 
As the war enters its seventh year, I issue two urgent appeals to all parties.
 
First, make the most of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire established by the guarantors of the Astana meetings, enhance it further, and ensure that humanitarian aid can reach all those in need in Syria without any obstacles and impediments.
 

15 March 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations: Forced labour, slavery and other similar practices [as delivered]

Watch the video on webtv.un.org:

I thank the United Kingdom for convening this meeting, which builds on last December’s adoption of a far-reaching resolution targeting human trafficking in conflict situations.

Allow me to start with a short personal reflection.

I come from a country which, for centuries, engaged in the cruel trade in human beings. It is part of our history, that we will also not allow anyone to forget.

Portugal ultimately outlawed slavery in the 19th century

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3:45 p.m. Ms. Michaëlle Jean (Secretary-General, La Francophonie) 
   
   
   

 

13 March 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the Commission on the Status of Women

Welcome and thank you all for being here.
I would like to share three simple messages with you today.
My first and most important message is one of gratitude: a deep and heartfelt thank you.
I thank you and salute you for raising your voices for women’s equality and dignity around the world.
Every day, you are on the frontlines for fairness – for a more just and decent world.
I have seen the difference you make in every corner of our globe.
You are an inspiration.
As you champion equality, you make the world better for all.

13 March 2017, Vienna, Austria

Secretary-General's video message on the 60th Anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Congratulations on the 60th anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
 
There is much to celebrate.
 
The Commission led an open and inclusive preparatory process for the UN General Assembly Special Session in 2016.
 
Its unanimous outcome is rich and forward-looking – promising a more comprehensive approach to the world drug problem.  
 
This can also advance progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
Now we must build on the momentum with joint action to honour commitments.
 

12 March 2017, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on terrorist attacks in Damascus

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital of Damascus yesterday.  The Secretary-General is appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators, and extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, many of whom were pilgrims. Those responsible for the bombings, and anyone carrying out attacks against civilians, must be held accountable.