Human Rights, democracy

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة بدء العد التنازلي لفترة المائة يوم المتبقية قبل حلول اليوم الدولي للسلام في عام 2019.

11 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Just a few weeks ago, a remarkable young woman came to the United Nations to share her story with the Security Council. 

Her name was Nujeen Mustafa, a 20-year old refugee from Aleppo. 

Nujeen happens to have cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. 

She movingly described her life as a young woman with a disability in the midst of war – the difficulties, the challenges and her constant fear that her disability might have caused her family to be seconds too late from fleeing a bombing.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة يوم أفريقيا.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة يوم فيساك (يوم اكتمال القمر).
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة.

23 April 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council High-Level Debate on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

I thank Germany and His Excellency the Foreign Minister, Mr. Heiko Maas, for hosting this important Debate.
I welcome Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, and thank them for their extraordinary work.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لتعددية الأطراف والدبلوماسية من أجل السلام.

12 April 2019, General Assembly

Remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

I am honoured to be with you on this solemn and moving occasion.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
In one of the darkest chapters in recent human history, more than one million people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide – were systematically killed in less than three months. 
On this Day, we honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.

11 April 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly on the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization

A century ago – as the rubble from the First World War still smouldered – global leaders came together in Versailles and affirmed a principle that echoes to this day. 
Indeed, in the first words of the constitution of the International Labour Organization, it is written “Universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice.”
It was a time of upheaval. 
Working people were demanding fair treatment and dignity in work, adequate wages, an eight-hour working day and freedom of association. 

10 April 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press at the UN Security Council

Today I had the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya.

As you remember, as I was leaving Benghazi and leaving Libya, I said I was deeply concerned and that I had a heavy heart with the possibility of a serious confrontation in and around Tripoli.

Unfortunately, until now that feeling has been entirely confirmed.

But, it is still time to stop.

It is still time for a ceasefire to take place – for a cessation of hostilities to take place and to avoid the worse which would be a dramatic, bloody battle for Tripoli.