Human Rights, democracy

02 April 2019, Cairo

Remarks at Al Azhar mosque

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo where he expressed his solidarity and underscored the need to fight the scourge of Islamophobia, as well as all forms of hatred and bigotry. UN Photo/Mahmoud Abd ELLatiff

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to address you in this esteemed seat of Islamic learning.
 
Standing here, one cannot fail to feel the impressive weight of more than 1,000 years of history, culture, scholarship and worship.
 
As Secretary-General of the UN, and as a man of faith, I have come to express my respect for Islam and my solidarity with its followers in these turbulent times.
 
It is less than a month since a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, took the lives of 50 worshippers of all ages.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة يوم التوعية بخطر الألغام والمساعدة في الإجراءات المتعلقة بالألغام.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للتوعية بمرض التوحد.
English translation unavailable for التضامن مع الموظفين المحتجزين والمفقودين.
English translation unavailable for اليوم الدولي للقضاء على التمييز العنصري لعام 2019.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا الرق وتجارة الرقيق عبر المحيط الأطلسي لعام 2019.

11 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-level event on Women in Power

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Madame President, let me begin by thanking you for this excellent initiative.
 
After having addressed this same room on Friday and Monday, I think my duty today is to be brief. Today what matters is to listen to the voices of those that are making a difference: the women leaders that are indeed contributing to the necessary shift of power in today’s world.
 
I will limit myself to repeat what has been my central message in relation to this issue.
 

11 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

This is the Commission on the Status of Women.
 
But it could equally go by another name: the Commission on the Status of Power.
 
Because that is the crux of the issue.
 
Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power.
 
For millennia, women have been systematically marginalized, ignored and silenced, in a male dominated world with a male dominated culture.
 

08 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on International Women's Day 2019

Warm greetings on International Women’s Day.
 
This year’s observance falls at a time when our world faces many global challenges, from climate change, inequality, armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies to the weakening
of commitment to multilateralism.
 

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للمرأة لعام 2019.