African issues

19 July 2017, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on enhancing African capacities in the areas of Peace and Security

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council open debate on ‘Enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security’ on 19 July 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Let me begin by thanking the government of China for convening this meeting to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security. 

In my first days as Secretary-General, I attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. I wanted to launch a new era of cooperation with the AU founded on a core conviction. 

I firmly believe the international community needs to change the narrative about Africa and to establish a higher platform of cooperation that recognizes Africa’s enormous potential and promise.

27 May 2017, Taormina

Remarks at G7 Summit Session on Outreach Countries and International Organizations on: "Innovation and Sustainable Development: Reinforcing the Partnership between the G7 and African Countries”

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I commend the G7 for focusing on Africa at an opportune moment for the continent – and for putting the spotlight on inclusive, innovation-driven growth and development.

24 May 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to MINUSMA Force Generation Conference

[Bilingual, as prepared for delivery]

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

We are here today to focus attention on Mali and how we can together best ensure effective support. 

I would like to express my particular appreciation to all countries whose troops serve in Mali, and all those who have been supporting Mali and MINUSMA in other ways. 

I particularly thank the Member States that announced their intentions to make pledges yesterday, and ask them to do their utmost to ensure swift deployment.

23 March 2017, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on South Sudan

I thank His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, for his presence here today for this important meeting on South Sudan. 

08 March 2017, Nairobi

Opening remarks at press conference at UN Headquarters, Gigiri Complex

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

As you know, I went yesterday to Somalia and I came out of Somalia with a double feeling, a feeling of sorrow, but also a feeling of hope.

08 March 2017, Nairobi

Press remarks following meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at State House, Nairobi

Thank you very much Mr. President [Kenyatta] for your kind words.

This has been an extremely positive visit and our discussions have been extremely constructive. They have allowed us to express a common perspective to all the problems that Kenya and the international community are facing today. 

30 January 2017, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference at the African Union Summit

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

I am extremely happy with the results of my contacts during this African Union Summit. I think we have created the conditions to establish a new higher platform of cooperation between the African Union and the UN.

30 January 2017, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the African Union Summit

Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
All protocol observed,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be with you.

I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.

19 December 2016, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Session on South Sudan

Before proceeding, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Russian delegation following the assassination of their colleague, Ambassador Andrey Karlov, in Ankara earlier today.  I condemn this senseless act of terror, for which there can be no justification.

We are here to address one of the world’s most urgent crises: the deteriorating situation South Sudan. 

Not long ago, the people of South Sudan were riding a wave of optimism.  Africa’s longest civil war had ended.  The world’s youngest nation was born.  

10 October 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Africa Week High-Level Inaugural Event: "Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stabibility in Africa"

It is a great pleasure to join you to mark Africa Week 2016.

As I approach the end of my tenure as Secretary General, I welcome the progress that Africa has made in recent years.