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,
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.

30 January 2017, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the African Union Summit

Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
All protocol observed,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be with you.

I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.

13 January 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Handover Ceremony of Chairmanship of the Group of 77

[As delivered]

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at UN Energy Grant Award Ceremony

Your Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, 
Dr. Patrick Ho, Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,
Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to join you this evening.
I commend the Department of Economic and Social Affairs on this very successful UN Energy Grant programme, and I thank the China Energy Fund Committee for its generous support.

29 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Summit on Science and Technology Enablement for the Sustainable Development Goals

I am grateful to the New York Academy of Sciences for bringing us together to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations attaches great importance to its partnership with the scientific community.  You have been with us since both the United Nations and UNESCO were founded in 1945.

I have worked to strengthen that bond throughout my tenure, including by establishing a Scientific Advisory Board.

Science has transformative power, and we need those contributions more than ever.  

24 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at signing of League of Arab States Protocol

Your Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States,

Since the founding of our respective organizations in 1945, the League of Arab States has been a valued partner of the United Nations. 

Today, we sign a Protocol of Amendment to invigorate and enhance our cooperation. 

I am proud of the step we are taking today and all of our work together over my last ten years as Secretary-General. 

22 September 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at opening of the High-level Segment of the General Assembly to Commemorate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development

Today we celebrate 30 years of the Declaration on the Right to Development.

In the three decades since its adoption, the world has changed dramatically.

Population has increased by 50 per cent.  

Old divides are breaking down: between East and West, North and South, developed and developing.

Emerging economies are major players in global trade and dynamics.

The impact of climate change is widely recognized.

21 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Unveiling Ceremony for Staff Recreation Facility

Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, 
Ladies and gentlemen, 
Dear Colleagues,

Good morning and welcome. It is a great pleasure to be here with you at this groundbreaking ceremony.

This week of all weeks, getting more exercise may be the last thing on our minds. In fact, this ceremony is providing me with a few precious moments of rest!

But, of course, exercise is a vital part of a healthy work-life balance.

18 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Handover of the Final Report of the Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Irina Bokova, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and Director-General of UNESCO, Distinguished Members of the Scientific Advisory Board, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you again.

Four years ago, the High Level Panel on Global Sustainability recommended that I consider establishing a scientific advisory board.

I gladly took their advice.

After wide consultation within the UN and with international science organizations, I asked Dr. Irina Bokova to bring the Board together in September 2014.

18 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Launch of the Report by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

It is a great pleasure to be here at the launch of this important report.

This is a major piece of research and analysis, and I thank everyone involved.

The Co-Convenors of the Commission: Ms. Emi Mahmoud, renowned Sudanese poet, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia [represented today by Education Minister Professor Muhajir Effendy], President Michelle Bachelet of Chile [represented here today by Ambassador Milenko Skoknic] and the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.