Development

27 February 2018, ECOSOC

Remarks to Economic and Social Council Operational Activities for Development Segment

I have addressed the ECOSOC three times on the substance of the reform we are proposing for the UN development system. I thought that in the opening of this Operational Segment, it would probably make more sense to talk about the huge challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to our central objective in sustainable and inclusive development because it is that set of challenges we are facing that fully justifies the need to be bold in the reforms we are presenting. 

14 February 2018, Kuwait City

Press statement at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference

It was [inaudible] to convene a conference mobilizing [inaudible] necessary to respond to that terrible humanitarian drama.
 
Today, Kuwait assumes the leadership in convening the conference in solidarity with the people and the Government of Iraq.
 
But the response to this conference and to this appeal is an extraordinary proof of confidence in the Government and in the people of Iraq. The international community has shown the recognition that Iraq is on the right track for recovery and stabilization.
 

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.