Development

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. 

03 September 2018, Beijing

Remarks to the China-Africa Cooperation Summit

Your Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,
 
I am honoured to be with all of you today.
 
This Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is an embodiment of two major priorities of the United Nations: to pursue fair globalization and to promote development that leaves no one behind in the context of a rules-based system of international relations supported by strong multilateral institutions. 
 

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للديمقراطية.
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English translation unavailable for رسالة الأمين العام بمناسبة يوم الشباب الدولي.

09 July 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press encounter with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

Thank you very much for your presence. As I just said to the [African Union] Peace and Security Council: if the UN fails in Africa, the UN fails. On the other hand, African leadership is essential to solve African problems. If those two things are true, the only way for the UN to deliver is for a very solid and close partnership with African Union and I am extremely grateful to Chairperson Faki for the excellent development our relations have had in the recent past.
 

08 June 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the 1st anniversary of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund

It is for me an enormous pleasure to join you to celebrate the first anniversary of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.
 
India played a very important role in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals. And even before the Goals were crystallized, India’s own development efforts and vision reflected many of the same priorities and aspirations.
 
India is, for all of us, a very important inspiration.

10 April 2018, Boao

Remarks at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks at the opening of the 2018 Boao Forum For Asia in Southern China’s Hainan Province. UN China/Zhao Yun

I am very honoured and very pleased to be with all of you today.
 
The agenda of this forum reflects the optimism of an Asia on the move, with the most dynamic regional economy in the world.
 
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reforms and opening-up. And as many of my predecessors at this podium said, today, the sense of transformation is evident throughout China and in its relations with the world.
 
I saw that on full display last May when I had the honour to attend the Belt and Road Forum with President Xi Jinping.