UN role and reform

21 September 2020, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Ceremony marking the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

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22 September 2020, General Assembly

Address to the Opening of the General Debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Mr. President,
In a world turned upside down, this General Assembly Hall is among the strangest sights of all.   
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our annual meeting beyond recognition. 
But it has made it more important than ever. 
In January, I addressed the General Assembly and identified “four horsemen” in our midst — four threats that endanger our common future.
First, the highest global geo-strategic tensions in years.
Second, an existential climate crisis.

30 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Annual Memorial Service

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Dear colleagues and family members,

Each year, it is my solemn duty to honour our colleagues and friends who have lost their lives in the course of their service to the United Nations.

This year, because of the pandemic, we cannot be together in person.

But please know that each of our fallen colleagues is firmly in my heart, I believe is firmly in all our hearts.

04 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to journalists on priorities for 2020 and the work of the organization

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
As you know, 2020 marks a milestone for the United Nations – our 75th anniversary.
Too often, governments and international institutions are viewed as places that talk – not as places that listen.
I want the United Nations, in this anniversary, essentially to listen – so we are marking our anniversary based on conversations in every corner of the world about the future we want and the United Nations we need. 
There is no doubt that people have much to say.

31 January 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Tribute on the Death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman

Assalam alaikum. 
Let me begin by extending my profound condolences to the Royal family and the Government and people of Oman on the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
Sultan Qaboos led Oman for nearly half a century and transformed it into the remarkable country it is today.
Throughout his reign, His Majesty earned the respect of his people and those far beyond. 
He prioritized cooperation and multilateralism, and led Oman to join the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Gulf Cooperation Council. 

22 January 2020, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on the Secretary-General's priorities for 2020

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) briefs the UN General Assembly on his Priorities for 2020 and the Work of the Organization. UN Photo/Mark Garten

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07 January 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the Exhibition "Recovered Art: The Art of Saving Art"

I thank the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage for organizing this important exhibition. 

Grazie mille. 

Some exhibitions celebrate an artist’s work; others explore an artistic movement or era.

This exhibition is based on a unique premise: it brings together diverse works of art that share a history.

20 December 2019, Vatican City

Remarks of the Secretary-General following meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome. UN Photo/Rein Skullerud

Muchísimas gracias, Santo Padre, por esta tan calida bienvenida.
[Thank you very much, Holy Father, for your very warm welcome.] 

You are a messenger for hope and humanity – for reducing human suffering and promoting human dignity. 

19 December 2019, Brindisi

Opening remarks at press encounter following ceremony to mark 25th anniversary of UN Global Service Center in Brindisi

I want to express my deep gratitude to the people of Brindisi for their warm hospitality, and to the Mayor, the Prefect and all the other local authorities. And to say how proud we are to have, for 25 years, to have these fantastic U.N. premises in Brindisi. 

19 December 2019, Brindisi

Remarks at ceremony marking 25th anniversary of the United Nations Global Service Center

It is a pleasure to be here with you in Brindisi.
I am told that Brindisi has a long history of openness to the world, and that today the City is driven by a spirit called “goodness of heart” in welcoming people in need.
So it is appropriate indeed that it is from here that, for the past 25 years, the United Nations Global Service Centre has been supporting some of the most difficult peacekeeping operations and other United Nations endeavours.