António Guterres

19 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on Racism in the Workplace

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this very important discussion on racism in the workplace.

I want to thank Dr. Kanem and our distinguished panel members who bring impressive expertise to this difficult issue.

Racism is a persistent scourge of our world.

People’s opportunities for education and employment, and their access to healthcare and justice, are often determined by their race.

Much of today’s racism is deeply entrenched in centuries of colonialism and slavery.  I am Portuguese – I think I know this story very well. 

19 November 2020, Paris, France

Secretary-General's video message to Women's Forum for the Economy and Society: "Beyond Recovery: Designing an Inclusive World”

I send my warmest wishes to this first virtual Women’s Forum meeting, on shaping an inclusive response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From job losses to rising rates of domestic violence and a sharp increase in unpaid care work, the impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for women’s rights and gender equality.

Women are leading the response, keeping families, communities and economies running. Women leaders are winning praise for their decisiveness, competence and compassion.

19 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on Climate Action to European Council on Foreign Relations

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to speak today.

I will focus my remarks on the climate crisis and the need for heightened climate action.

Recently, we have seen recent encouraging responses.

The European Union, Japan and the Republic of Korea have pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, along with more than 110 other countries.

China says it will do so before 2060.

 

9:30 a.m. Virtual Panel Discussion entitled “A Conversation on Racism in the Workplace”  [Secretary-General will make remarks]
1:45 p.m.

Courtesy call with Permanent Representatives: 

18 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's video message on the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Academic Impact

[Watch the video on webtv.un.org]

On the 10th anniversary of United Nations Academic Impact, I congratulate its member institutions on their contributions and commitment to advancing peace, human rights, sustainability and global citizenship.

18 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Youth4Climate Virtual Event

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important conversation. 

And I thank the youth of our world – here and marching in the streets – for your inspiring engagement on the climate crisis. 

This is the most pressing issue of our time, especially for your generation. 

You are having a major impact, and we are starting to see signs that the tide is turning. 

Our goal is zero net emissions by 2050.  

We rely on young activists like yourselves to help us get there.  

18 November 2020, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to Youth4Climate Virtual Event

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important conversation. 

And I thank the youth of our world – here and marching in the streets – for your inspiring engagement on the climate crisis. 

This is the most pressing issue of our time, especially for your generation. 

You are having a major impact, and we are starting to see signs that the tide is turning. 

Our goal is zero net emissions by 2050.  

We rely on young activists like yourselves to help us get there.  

 

  All appointments are internal
   
   
   
   

 

17 November 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: Statement by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Ethiopia

I am increasingly concerned about the evolving humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia and neighbouring areas. Even before the current hostilities, nearly a million people in Tigray, and millions more who live in close proximity to its regional and national boundaries, were in need of humanitarian assistance. Many humanitarian organizations, working closely with national, regional and local authorities, have been deeply involved in helping meet those needs for many years.

17 November 2020, New York

Note to Correspondents: UN Secretary-General's letter to G20 leaders [please scroll down for French and Spanish versions]

Excellency,

A microscopic virus has brought the world to its knees. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare systemic fragilities in our societies, our global economic system and the frameworks that govern the international system.  The consequences are clear: inequalities are growing ever wider; debt burdens are skyrocketing; and an ever-expanding number of families, communities and economies require essential support and are looking to world leaders in their hour of greatest need.