Combating terrorism

30 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 15th Meeting of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to Ambassador Al-Mouallimi.  Thank you for your able leadership as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre. I want to thank you personally and to thank your country for your very strong commitment to support the United Nations counter-terrorism strategy.  

23 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN-UN ministerial meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. Chairman, let me begin by congratulating the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for chairing ASEAN in its 50th anniversary year.
I commend ASEAN’s progress over the past half century towards peaceful co-existence and regional integration. 
Multilateralism and regional integration are absolutely vital in our world today representing an opportunity to promote prosperity as well as advance human rights and the rule of law. 

19 September 2017, General Assembly

Address to the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres presents his annual report on the work of the Organization ahead of the opening of the General Assembly’s seventy-second general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

[Trilingual, as delivered]

I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. 

The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating.

13 June 2017, Ashgabat

Remarks at High-level Dialogue on Implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to take part in this high-level dialogue on implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia.
I am grateful to the people and Government of Turkmenistan for their warm welcome.  I particularly thank Turkmenistan for hosting the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia which this year marks its tenth anniversary.

22 February 2017, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on informal suggestion to create a new office for Counter-terrorism

Mr. President, 

Let me begin by thanking you for your valuable support in convening this informal meeting. 

I also want to thank all of you for your flexibility and understanding.  We had initially intended to meet two weeks ago – but Mother Nature intervened.   The snow is now gone – and it  is good to be with all of you today.  

Allow me to begin with a little context.  Today’s discussion is part of a broader effort to reach out and engage with the General Assembly on three areas of reform [that] I have mentioned in my December address.

12 February 2017, Riyadh

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Thank you very much, Honorable Minister.
I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques, to His Royal Majesties, His Royal Highnesses, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince, and to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the very warm hospitality that I was granted here in Saudi Arabia.

22 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Special Event on "The United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Jointly Countering Challenges and Threats"

It is a great pleasure to join the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at this special meeting.
Since the founding of the Shanghai Five in 1996 and its transformation into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2001, the SCO has played an increasingly important role in fostering regional cooperation to confront the most pressing issues in Eurasia.
Your organization continues to evolve, develop new capacities and welcome new members.   

30 June 2016, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Review of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy

I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly and the co-facilitators, Ambassadors Martín Garcia Moritán and Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representatives of Argentina and Iceland respectively, for their hard work in steering this Fifth Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

I have been closely following the negotiations on the draft resolution and I have to admit that I am profoundly disappointed that this year of all years might be the one that does not see the adoption of a consensus resolution.

30 June 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the press after signing of the condolence book at the Permanent Mission of Turkey

Good morning.

I offer on behalf the United Nations my deepest condolences to the many victims who have been killed by these heinous terrorist attacks. And I also wish a speedy recovery to the many injured people.

There is no justification for any terrorism. Nothing can justify such kind of heinous terrorist attacks that must be defeated in the name of humanity.

At this time of sorrow, my thoughts are with many people, particularly the families of the victims and the injured people. I wish them, particularly those injured people a speedy recovery.

27 June 2016, Jerusalem

Remarks at press encounter with Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

Shalom and thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome to Israel.

As you know, I am in my tenth and final year as Secretary-General – and this is my eleventh visit to Israel.

I wanted to use this opportunity to meet with leaders in both Israel and Palestine to discuss the way forward. I also appreciate the chance I had earlier today to meet with innovators at Tel Aviv University who are working to build a better tomorrow.

Mr. President,

A better tomorrow also means a future free from violence.