Development

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28 November 2018, UN Headquarters

Opening Remarks at Global South-South Development Expo 2018

It is indeed a pleasure to join all of you for this 10th Global South-South Development Expo. 

I am happy to see so many national authorities and Directors-General for Development Cooperation with us.  Welcome to New York.

As you know, three years ago, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is ambitious.  It is transformational.  And it simply cannot happen without the ideas, energy, and tremendous ingenuity of the countries of the South.

The facts speak for themselves.

17 October 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series 2018: “A Stronger AU-UN Partnership for Peace, Security and Development in Africa”

Secretary-General António Guterres (fourth from left) addresses the Africa Dialogue Series 2018 on “A Stronger AU-UN Partnership for Peace, Security and Development in Africa”. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

It is a great honour to be here with you and to participate in the inaugural Africa Dialogue Series.
 
It is fitting that we started by paying tribute today to Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, two sons of Africa who continue to inspire us every day.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Denis Mukwege on his well-deserved Nobel prize for peace, and also for standing up for the victims of sexual violence in conflict.

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13 October 2018, Bali

Remarks at the International Monetary and Financial Committee

I welcome this opportunity to address the International Monetary and Financial Committee. 
 
We meet at a time of enormous uncertainty.
 
As Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, you are accustomed to dealing with deficits every day.
 
But the biggest deficit the world faces today is not in budget plan or accounting chart.  It’s the deficit of trust, a bad case of what I called in the UN General Assembly Trust Deficit Disorder. 
 

13 October 2018, Bali

Remarks at the Climate Finance Ministerial Meeting

This event comes at an opportune time.
 
The Paris Agreement calls for governments to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees. 
 
We are way off target.
 
Climate change is running faster than we are.
 
The commitments made so far by Parties to the Paris Agreement represent just one-third of what is needed.
 
We risk irreversible catastrophe if we don’t act more quickly and with more ambition.
 
The world has already warmed by 1 degree. 
 

13 October 2018, Bali

Remarks at the Development Committee

Madame Chairman, may I first of all express once again to you, to your government and to the people, my deep solidarity in relation to the trying times that you have been facing.
 
I just came from Palu and I was deeply impressed by two things. One, the resilience, the sense of solidarity and the courage of the people. And second, the very effective response that the government has put together and your very ambitious programme of reconstruction that, I hope, will have the full support of the international community as a whole.
 

11 October 2018, Denpasar

Remarks to ASEAN Leaders' Gathering

President Widodo, thank you very much for your invitation and warm hospitality.

I want to begin by expressing once again my deepest condolences and solidarity with all those affected by the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi and my admiration for the effective, very effective response led by the Indonesian Government.

Mr. President, we are with you and with the people of Indonesia. 

I will be travelling to Palu tomorrow.  I want to reiterate the full commitment of the United Nations to support government-led rescue and relief efforts. 

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