Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

22 January 2020, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on the Secretary-General's priorities for 2020

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) briefs the UN General Assembly on his Priorities for 2020 and the Work of the Organization. UN Photo/Mark Garten

[All-English version; scroll down for bilingual, as delivered version]

15 January 2020, UN Headquarters

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

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, all protocol observed,
 
I want to start by deeply thanking the State of Palestine for its skilful efforts in guiding the work of the Group of 77 and China over the past 12 months.
 
At the handover ceremony last year, President Abbas stated that Palestine assumes the position with “humility, commitment, dedication and determination to uphold and defend the interests of the Group and to strengthen the positions of its members in the United Nations.” 
 

12 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at COP25 event on Climate Action for Jobs

Dear friends,
 
We are still losing the climate race.
 
On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century.
 
But we can choose another path. 
 
The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. 
 
And this path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future.
 
Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts.
 
Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods.
 

05 December 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the Comprehensive Midterm Review of the Vienna Programme of Action on Landlocked Developing Countries

Thank you, Mr. President. 
 
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you all for joining this important meeting. 
 
We are all keenly aware of the geographical disadvantages faced by the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries.  
 
Many are in remote locations and by definition, they do not have access to the sea; and other forms of connectivity -- roads, railways, the information superhighway -- are also lacking or underdeveloped.
 

26 November 2019, Berlin

Remarks to the media during joint stakeout with Chancellor Angela Merkel

It is always a pleasure to be here in Germany, a steadfast supporter of the United Nations, a pillar of multilateralism, and currently, a very strong voice on the Security Council.

I am looking forward to my talks with Chancellor Merkel, focusing on some of the situations on the Security Council agenda, and particularly including Syria and Libya.

26 November 2019, Berlin

Remarks to the Internet Governance Forum

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the 14th UN Internet Governance Forum, taking place this year in Berlin, Germany. UN Photo/Tobias Hofsaess

Dear chancellor Angela Merkel,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

I am extremely pleased to be with you today.

And I am honoured to be sharing the stage with Chancellor Merkel.

I am also privileged to share with her a unique background: we were both first trained in the sciences, she as a physicist and a chemist, and I as an electrical engineer.

Then we both lost our way and ended up as politicians!

As public servants, we are entrusted with helping to address the most pressing issues of the day.

21 November 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the First Meeting of the Group of Friends on Digital Technologies

It is a pleasure to be here with you at this inaugural meeting of the Group of Friends on Digital Technologies. I thank the Permanent Missions of Mexico, Finland and Singapore for this important, and even essential, initiative.
 
New technologies, and particularly digital technologies, are already having a major impact on the world, affecting all our work on international peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.
 
That impact is both positive and negative.
 

12 November 2019, Paris

Remarks at UNESCO Headquarters

Madame la Directrice générale,
Madame la Présidente,
Excellences,
Mesdames et Messieurs les représentants de la société civile,
Mesdames et Messieurs les agents de l’UNESCO,
 
C’est toujours un plaisir de venir au siège de l’UNESCO, une organisation dont les travaux me tiennent particulièrement à cœur.
 
Alors que s’ouvre votre Conférence Générale, je me réjouis de l’opportunité de partager avec vous quelques réflexions sur les défis collectifs qui nous attendent. 
 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Remarks at the opening of the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
Excellencies,
 
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the government and people of Thailand for your warm welcome and your leadership as the 2019 Chair of ASEAN. 
 
I thank you for your focus at this Summit on ‘Advancing partnership for sustainability’.  
 
Excellencies,
 
We are facing tense and turbulent times around the globe. 
 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter following ASEAN-UN Summit

Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you very much for your presence.
 
I want first of all to express my gratitude to the government and people Thailand for their extremely warm hospitality.
 
I want to say that I am extremely happy with the UN ASEAN summit that had just finished. Two years ago, I asked for a quantum leap in relations between ASEAN and the UN and we can, today, verify that that a quantum leap happened.