African issues

28 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference at the African Union Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence.
 
The fact that I am surrounded by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and my new Special Advisor on Africa, who in New York is essentially in charge of the economic and development cooperation of the UN with the African continent, shows that our partnership with the African Union has now gained an enormous development in this area.
 

28 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the High-Level Event on the New Way of Working

I am pleased to join you to discuss a new way of working that will usher in stronger partnerships and better results in our collective interventions in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance, peace and security.
 
It has been almost two years since the World Humanitarian Summit, when the international community outlined the changes that are needed to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability.
 

28 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Address to the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, 
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
It is an honour to be here in Addis again.
 
I commend President Alpha Condé for his leadership over the past 12 months.
 
And I congratulate incoming chairperson President Paul Kagame.
 
Last year, I came to Addis with respect and gratitude, to seek opportunities to deepen our strategic partnership.
 

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at meeting of African Union Peace and Security Council on combatting transnational threat in Africa

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
It is an honour to take part in this meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council.
 
I welcome your focus on a comprehensive approach to combating the transnational threat of terrorism in Africa.
 
Let me begin with three overarching points.  
 
First, we know nothing justifies terrorism. 

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the consultative meeting on South Sudan with the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations

One year ago it was obvious to me that it was absolutely essential to overcome some misunderstandings of the past and to make sure that there would be a full alignment of the United Nations and the African Union and IGAD, in the conduct of the international community in addressing the problems South Sudan and the plight of the people of South Sudan. I think this alignment has been very successful. What has been achieved under the leadership of IGAD is remarkable.
 

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the High-Level Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in African by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals”

After a period of prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise.  Africa has the highest rates of hunger in the world, and they are increasing.  Agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa is under threat.  This is largely due to conflict and climate change. 
 

18 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on the Central African Republic

Secretary General António Guterres speaks to the media about his upcoming trip to Central African Republic. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am here to announce that I will travel to the Central African Republic early next week to spend United Nations Day with a peacekeeping operation in order to pay tribute to peacekeepers across the world.
 
Peacekeeping operations are among the international community’s most effective tools for meeting the challenges of global peace and security.
 
Peacekeepers show tremendous courage in volatile environments and great dedication in helping countries rise from the depths of armed conflict.
 

16 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Africa Week

Je voudrais m’associer au Président de l’Assemblée générale en exprimant toute ma solidarité au peuple somalien, peuple victime d’une attaque terroriste lâche et brutale qui causé un si grand nombre de morts.
 
Il faut une unité d’action totale contre le terrorisme, et en Somalie et partout dans le monde. C’est une des menaces à laquelle nous devons faire face avec un esprit de coopération sans réserve.
 
L’objectif de notre réunion aujourd’hui n’est pas d’insister sur les aspects problématiques que nous avons en Afrique comme partout dans le monde.
 

21 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Event on Famine Prevention and Response

I thank the World Bank for co-hosting this event and I thank all of you for being here to express your solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Nearly seven months have passed since my Call to Action to respond to the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, North East Nigeria and Yemen. 

20 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Demographic Roadmap for Africa: Moving from Commitment to Action

[Bilingual, as delivered; scroll further down for all-English version]

Je vous remercie, Monsieur le Président Condé, d’avoir organisé cette réunion de haut niveau, et je remercie les nombreux dirigeants qui ont répondu à l’appel et sont ici présents.

Au premier mois de mon mandat come Secrétaire-Général j’ai assisté au Sommet de l’Union Africaine à Addis Abeba. J’ai voulu inaugurer une nouvelle ère de coopération ancrée dans une conviction profonde.