Development

14 February 2018, Kuwait City

Statement to the Conference on Reconstruction in Iraq

I am delighted to be here with you today to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq, a country that has suffered so much and that has so much to contribute to the world.

I thank the government of Kuwait for demonstrating, once again, its commitment to its neighbour.

22 January 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the Second Report on the Repositioning of the UN Development System, in the Context of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review

Let me begin by thanking all of you for your insights, your guidance and your support.  In November, before this report was prepared, we had a very important meeting, and I must say that I did my best in order to make sure that the results of that discussion would be reflected in the final version of the report to be presented at the end of the year.

When I took office one year ago, Member States provided clear directions for a more effective, cohesive and accountable United Nations development system. 

19 January 2018, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Building Regional Partnership In Afghanistan and Central Asia, to Link Security and Development

I welcome this debate convened by Kazakhstan as a sign of enhanced cooperation between Member States in Central Asia and Afghanistan. I also welcome the Security Council’s continued support for Afghanistan, as demonstrated by your recent mission.
 
The entire international community has a stake in peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, and the countries of Central Asia have a particularly important role to play.
 

12 January 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

I wanted to express my deep gratitude for this invitation.  I was here one year ago when Ecuador assumed the Presidency, I’m here again.  We had several meetings during the year, so I feel very much at home.

04 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the sixtieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
 
It’s a pleasure to be here to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1 in 1957. This was a major achievement by the Soviet Union, for humanity.
 
It marked the beginning of the Space Age. Today, as we admire the Cassini spacecraft’s incredible images from Saturn’s rings, we remember where it all started: with a small satellite circling the globe. 
 

05 July 2017, ECOSOC

Remarks to Economic and Social Council on Repositioning the UN Development System to Deliver on the 2030 Agenda

Secretary-General Guterres presents his report on repositioning the UN development system to the Economic and Social Council. UN Photo/ Kim Haughton

Allow me first of all to express my deep gratitude to all the colleagues that have worked hard – in the Secretariat, in the Agencies, Funds and Programmes – to allow for this report to be ready on time. And to the leader of the team – the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed – who has been not only the inspiration, but also the centre of management and strength to make things happen, and to make things happen with the required ambition and with the required detail.
 

17 July 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had ended, technological prosperity was in full swing, the internet was spreading and there was the idea that globalisation would not only increase global wealth, but that it would trickle down and would benefit everybody in our planet. 

27 May 2017, Taormina

Remarks at G7 Summit Session on Outreach Countries and International Organizations on: "Innovation and Sustainable Development: Reinforcing the Partnership between the G7 and African Countries”

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I commend the G7 for focusing on Africa at an opportune moment for the continent – and for putting the spotlight on inclusive, innovation-driven growth and development.
 

15 May 2017, Beijing

Remarks at Belt And Road Forum’s Leaders Roundtable, “Policy Synergy for Closer Partnership”

Your Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen, 
 
“Partnership” and “Synergy”, the themes of this roundtable, are indeed key elements in both the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as you, Mr, President, have so eloquently demonstrated yesterday in your intervention.

The global partnership for development is evolving. 

14 May 2017, Beijing

Remarks at the opening of the Belt and Road Forum

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the Belt and Road Forum-in Beijing, China. Photo: UN/Zhao Yun

Your Excellency President Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I feel very grateful and very honoured to have the opportunity to speak at this Forum.
 
The world today is at a critical juncture.  We face both unprecedented challenges and unique opportunities, with the potential for widely contrasting futures.