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02 October 2018, New Delhi

Remarks at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention "Sanitation for the 2030 Agenda"

Honorable Prime Minister,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
May I congratulate you, Honorable Prime Minister, on your remarkable leadership and vision on this area that is vital for the well-being of humankind.
 
And to begin marking the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi by honouring his long record of advocacy and action on this vital issue is a fitting tribute to this great human being and example for all us.
 

27 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to opening ceremony of the 42nd Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77

Your Excellency, President [Abdel Fattah Al] Sisi, may I express my gratitude and admiration for the effective stewardship of the G77 by Egypt during this year.

Your Excellent, President [Mahmoud] Abbas, congratulations on the election of Palestine to lead the G77 in 2019.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I want to express my deep appreciation for the G-77 vision, insight, and close cooperation with myself and the Secretariat. 

17 September 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at closing of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

I congratulate my very dear friend Miroslav Lajčák, and all of you, on the successful completion of a very productive session of the General Assembly.
 
Last September’s general debate was the first in more than a decade at which all Member States spoke -- a sign of welcome engagement by political leaders at the highest level, and of faith in the value of this unique and universal body.
 

20 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference on the occasion of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) briefs press on the occasion of the opening of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly on 20 September 2018. At left is his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,
 
It is a pleasure to see you as we begin a new session of the General Assembly and welcome world leaders to New York next week.
 
Let me start by highlighting two pressing peace and security challenges.
 
When we met last week, I repeated my appeal to avert a full-scale military operation in Syria’s Idlib province. 
 
I welcome the agreement three days ago between President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan of Turkey and President [Vladimir] Putin of Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib region.