Human Rights, democracy

25 October 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the recent demonstrations taking place around the world. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,
 
We are witnessing a wave of demonstrations around the world, from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean … from Europe to Africa and Asia.
 
Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading to anything but quiet in streets and city squares.
 
Every situation is unique.
 
Some protests are triggered by economic issues – including rising prices, persistent inequality or financial systems that benefit elites. 
 
Others stem from political demands.
 

28 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

Excellencies,
Colleagues,
 
Let me start by recognizing Thailand, this year’s ASEAN Chair, for its leadership and valuable contributions. 
 
Since its inception at the height of the Cold War, ASEAN has shown the value of regional integration and shared approaches to local and global challenges.
 
ASEAN countries have worked together to prevent war and address violent extremism.  Like regional groups across the world, ASEAN has a crucial role to play, now more than ever, in conflict resolution and conflict prevention.
 

24 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the event: Leadership Matters - Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World

It is a great pleasure and a great honour to be here to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the giants of the 20th century, a global icon of peace and an advocate for the most vulnerable. I thank Prime Minister Modi and the Indian mission for convening this meeting.
 
Gandhiji’s vision and philosophy are pillars of the work of the United Nations. 
 

25 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thirty years ago, nations joined together to make an unprecedented promise to the children of the world.
 
They pledged not only to proclaim children’s rights, but to uphold them and be accountable for them.
 
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was a landmark achievement.  
 
For the first time, governments explicitly recognized that children have the same human rights as adults – as well as specific additional rights that recognize their special status as dependents.
 

02 September 2019, Kinshasa

Opening remarks at press conference following meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Deliverd in French, scroll down for French version]

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمساندة ضحايا التعذيب.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمكافحة إساءة استعمال المخدرات والاتجار غير المشروع بها.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للأرامل.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للاجئين.

18 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter at launch of United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the press following the launch of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech.

Good afternoon.
 
Hate speech is a direct assault on our core values of tolerance, inclusion and respect for human rights and human dignity. It sets groups against each other, contributes to violence and conflict, and undermines all our efforts for peace, stability and sustainable development. As such, addressing it is a priority for the entire United Nations system.