António Guterres

19 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.  The Secretary-General discussed with the Prime Minister the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
 
The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Japan’s support to the work of the Organisation. Prime Minister Abe extended support for the reform agenda of the Secretary-General and discussed the issue of Security Council reform.
 
New York, 19 September 2017
 

19 September 2017, New York

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 underlined Turkey’s key role in addressing many of the regional and global issues.

The Secretary-General and the President discussed the serious situation in Myanmar, with the Secretary-General thanking Turkey for its humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees. The Secretary-General and the President also exchanged views on latest developments in Syria and Iraq.

19 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia [scroll down for Spanish version]

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia. The Secretary-General congratulated President Santos for the exemplary Colombian peace process, and commended the successful conclusion of the laying down of arms of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). The Secretary-General stressed the importance of the commitments of the new reintegration phase and reiterated the strong support of the United Nations to their implementation.

19 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's toast at lunch for Heads of State and Government

Allow me to use a formula I have learned in eastern Africa: Dear friends, all protocol observed.

I want, first of all, to express my deep gratitude to our host country and the City of New York. 

Mr. President, you are a New Yorker, so you know exactly how exciting it is for me to be able to work in New York with all my colleagues here in the United Nations. It is a privilege, and we owe it to the wonderful people of this city and the wonderful people of your country - the fantastic hospitality that we enjoy. Thank you very much.

19 September 2017, General Assembly

Address to the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres presents his annual report on the work of the Organization ahead of the opening of the General Assembly’s seventy-second general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

[Trilingual, as delivered]

I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. 

The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating.

19 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mrs. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Ms. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
 
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed the ongoing reform efforts to make the United Nations more effective, nimble and flexible.
 
They also exchanged views on a number of political situations of mutual concern.
 
The Secretary-General commended the United Kingdom’s continued commitment to United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance.
 
New York, 19 September 2017
 

19 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Michel Temer, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Michel Temer, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil. 

The Secretary-General commended Brazil for its commitment to the 2030 Agenda and to combating climate change.  He expressed appreciation for Brazil’s contributions to United Nations peace operations. The Secretary-General and the President discussed regional developments. 

19 September 2017, New York

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Norway’s important contributions to the work of the Organization on peace and security, sustainable development and human rights. 

The Secretary-General congratulated Norway for its leadership in the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on education matters.

18 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's video message to Concordia Annual Summit

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure to greet the Concordia Annual Summit.
 
Thank you for gathering during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. 
 
As leaders and partners in global problem solving, you know our world faces major threats -- from the nuclear peril to global terrorism, from inequality to cybercrime. 
 
Climate change, population growth, migration, rapid urbanization and other megatrends continue to challenge our societies.
 

19 September 2017, New York

Secretary-General's Address to the General Assembly

[Trilingual, as delivered]  

Watch the video on webcast.un.org:

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I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing.