António Guterres

29 September 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents on Voluntary Compact on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

The United Nations is grateful to the many Member States that have already answered the call by Secretary-General António Guterres to sign onto a Voluntary Compact on preventing and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse. A number of additional Member States have also formally indicated their intention to sign the Voluntary Compact. This represents an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity and a firm commitment to addressing the issue comprehensively and effectively, ensuring full implementation of the Secretary-General’s Zero Tolerance policy.
 

28 September 2017, Security Council

Remarks at open debate of the Security Council on Myanmar

I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar.
 
On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state. 
 
I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month. 
 
The reality on the ground demands action -- swift action -- to protect people, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the situation and forge, at long last, a durable solution.
 

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28 September 2017, New York

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the situation in Cameroon, including with regard to the recent security incidents in Bamenda and in Douala, and mounting tensions in the South-West and North-West regions related to planned events on 1 October. 

The Secretary-General has encouraged the Cameroonian authorities to continue their efforts to address the grievances of the Anglophone community. He urges the authorities to promote measures of national reconciliation aimed at finding a durable solution to the crisis, including by addressing its root causes.

28 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at open debate of the Security Council on Myanmar [as delivered]

I welcome this opportunity to brief you on the crisis in Myanmar.
 
On September 2nd, I wrote to this Council urging concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis in northern Rakhine state. 
 
I am encouraged that the Council has discussed the situation four times in less than a month. 
 
The reality on the ground demands action -- swift action -- to protect people, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the situation and forge, at long last, a durable solution.
 

27 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Osman Mohammed Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea

The Secretary-General met today with H. E. Mr. Osman Mohammed Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea.
 
The Secretary-General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs exchanged views on a number of issues, including cooperation between the United Nations and Eritrea, and the peace and security situation in the Horn of Africa region.
 

 
 
 

27 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan

The Secretary-General met with Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister discussed efforts to resume peace talks to end the conflict in Darfur and the need to create a conducive environment for the opposition to join an inclusive political process in Sudan.
 
The Secretary-General encouraged Sudan to continue efforts to resume a political dialogue on Abyei and find a peaceful settlement to the border area.
 

 

10:00 a.m. Secretary-General’s Briefing on UN Reform to the Peacebuilding Commission
3:00 p.m. Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Myanmar (The Secretary-General will make remarks)
   
  *All other appointments are internal
   

 

27 September 2017, General Assembly

Remarks at High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

I thank the General Assembly for convening this important meeting on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and I congratulate you, member of the General Assembly, on your successful deliberations on the Political Declaration to be adopted this morning. 

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, tens of millions of people are victims of forced labour, sexual servitude, recruitment as child soldiers and other forms of exploitation and abuse.  

27 September 2017, New York

Note to Correspondents on the Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

The Department of Field Support is pleased to announce that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway which have already contributed to the Trust Fund. 

These contributions reinforce the Secretary-General’s clear commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims first.