Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

12 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the 2021 Economic and Social Council Forum on Financing for Development 

Financing for Development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic means an unprecedented effort to mobilize resources and political will. 

Since the pandemic began one year ago, no element of our multilateral response has gone as it should.

More than 3 million people have lost their lives.

Some 120 million people have fallen back into extreme poverty, while the equivalent of 255 million full-time jobs have been lost.

We have seen the worst recession in 90 years.

And the crisis is far from over. Indeed, the speed of infections is now even increasing.

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

22 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day of Nowruz

Excellencies, dear friends,

Thank you for bringing us together.

I am happy to join you and wish all of you a happy International Day of Nowruz.

Today, we mark a new year, a new beginning.

Nowruz unites us all.

It transcends national borders, religious divides and other differences.

It marks the richness of our diversity and reminds us all we have in common.

It fosters trust, friendship and good neighbourliness.

Its values powerfully resonate with those that we promote together at the United Nations every day and everywhere.

23 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with the African Group 

Your Excellency Ammo Aziza Baroud,
Chairperson of the African Group,
Excellencies,

Let me begin by extending my deepest condolences to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania on the death of late President Joseph Magufuli.

Excellencies,

I welcome this opportunity to meet with the African Group at a critical moment.

We have entered the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to reiterate my full solidarity with the Governments and people of Africa. 

I commend Africa’s leadership in coordinating a continental response.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Generation Equality Forum, Mexico

[All-English version; Scroll down for Spanish, as delivered version]

I thank President Obrador for launching this Generation Equality Forum, in Mexico City and virtually, across the world.

My thanks go also to the Governments of France and Mexico and all other participants.

Twenty-six years ago, feminists, activists and young people focused collective action on achieving gender equality through the historic Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

You continue to drive progress toward that goal.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to High-Level Event on Debt and Liquidity 

Excellencies,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

We are at a turning point in the COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic has cost over 2.7 million lives.

More than 120 million people have fallen into extreme poverty.

We are in the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Richer countries have benefited from an unprecedented $16 trillion of emergency support measures, preventing a downward spiral, and setting the stage for recovery.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Mr. Secretary, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield,

I welcome the many initiatives the new United States administration has already taken to support multilateral responses to global challenges, and to strengthen cooperation between the US and the UN. To mention just three:     

Rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change sends a message of hope to the world.

Re-committing to the World Health Organization is an important sign of solidarity with the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on High-Level Event on Debt and Liquidity with Prime Ministers Andrew Holness (Jamaica) and Justin Trudeau (Canada)

Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen of the press - good morning, good afternoon or good evening. 

Today’s meeting is aimed at preventing a debt crisis that will have the greatest impact on the poorest people, in the most vulnerable countries. 

But the impact will not stop there. 

It cannot be confined to any region or category of country. There have been credible forecasts of losses of global output in the trillions of dollars. 

The United Nations has been warning of this crisis since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. 

16 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women 

Secretary-General António Guterres holds a virtual townhall meeting with Women's Civil Society participants during the Commission on the Status of Women. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Dear friends. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening.

It is a great pleasure to join you today. My priority is not to answer questions, it is to listen; to hear your opinions, to hear your suggestions; and of course, to be able to incorporate them in our thinking and policies.

But first, please allow me to say a few words about the past year and what it has meant for progress on women’s rights and gender equality.