UN role and reform

25 September 2018, 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-third general debate. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

[As delivered, trilingual; scroll further down for all-English]

13 September 2018, Accra

Remarks at Funeral of Kofi Annan

To Nane Annan and the Annan Family,   

To Kofi Annan’s larger family, starting with you, President Akufo-Addo and the people of his beloved Ghana, and extending to every corner of the globe,  

To the many members of the United Nations community who grieve the passing of one of our own.

Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special. 

To my mind, it is simply this:    

Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.  

17 September 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at closing of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

I congratulate my very dear friend Miroslav Lajčák, and all of you, on the successful completion of a very productive session of the General Assembly.
Last September’s general debate was the first in more than a decade at which all Member States spoke -- a sign of welcome engagement by political leaders at the highest level, and of faith in the value of this unique and universal body.

18 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath laying ceremony commemorating 57th anniversary of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld

We gather to honour the life and legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld on this 57th anniversary of his death.
Despite the passage of decades, his light of idealism, integrity and action continues to illuminate our hearts and, indeed, the very soul of the United Nations. 
Earlier this year, I had the immense and inspiring honour of taking part in a Security Council retreat at the home of Dag Hammarskjöld in the south of Sweden.

18 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 33rd Annual International Prayer Breakfast

It is a pleasure to join you again for this annual event as we begin a new session of the General Assembly.

We have a full week ahead, as Heads of State and Government arrive, and then a very busy session in the months to follow.  

The world faces urgent challenges, from climate change and inequality to armed conflict and intolerance, especially targeting migrants and refugees. We have to raise ambition across the board.

18 September 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at the Opening of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly

Permítame empezar esta intervención felicitando una vez más su Excelencia María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés de Ecuador por su elección como presidenta de la sesión setenta y tres de la asamblea general.
She brings wide-ranging diplomatic and inter-governmental experience to the role, as well as deep knowledge of the international agenda.
She already knows the United Nations quite well, having served as Permanent Representative in Geneva.

21 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Peace Bell Ceremony on the Occasion of the 37th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace

It is for me an enormous pleasure to be with all of you during this International Day for Peace. 

We are here because we are determined and we do not give up. 

We see conflicts multiplying everywhere in the world. We see links between conflicts and terrorism. We see insecurity prevailing. We see people suffering. But we don’t give up. 

We know that when we appeal for combatants to have a pause to respect this day, we know that many will not respect it. But we don’t give up. 

21 September 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at Memorial for Kofi Annan

Mrs. Nane Annan and members of the Annan family, we are deeply honoured and graced by your presence.  

The United Nations and Kofi Annan were inseparable. It is impossible to say where one ended and the other began.  

And so, dear Annan family, we say to you today not only welcome, but welcome home.

To so many of us, Kofi Annan was more than just a dear friend. He was family.  

And I know you all feel in this room the profound sorrow that accompanies the sudden passing of such a beloved leader, mentor and guide.

24 September 2018

Remarks at unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue

I am pleased to be with you today to unveil this statue of one of humanity’s great leaders. 
Nelson Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations – peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity. 
He was a champion for all people – in his words and in his actions. 
He was willing to fight and die for the ideals he held so dear.