Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2022, Newark, New Jersey

Secretary-General's remarks at the Seton Hall University commencement 

Cardinal Tobin,
President Nyre,
Provost Passerini,
Dean Smith,
Board of Regents.

And very especially — dear graduates.

Allow me to say first and foremost: Congratulations Class of 2022!

I’m deeply grateful for this Honorary Degree — which I accept on behalf of the women and men of the United Nations, working tirelessly for peace, sustainable development and human rights around the world.

But this is your day. 

Moments like this are precious and rare. 

The journey to graduation day is never an easy one.

19 May 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council - on Conflict and Food Security

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Mr. President, Excellencies,

When war is waged, people go hungry. 

Some sixty percent of the world’s undernourished people live in areas affected by conflict.

No country is immune. In April, the World Food Programme and its partners distributed food and cash to more than 3 million Ukrainians. Until March, their country was feeding the world with abundant supplies of food.

19 May 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at the International Migration Review Forum

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Migration is a fact of life – in fact, it is as old as human life itself. 

But too often, it has been poorly managed, uncoordinated, misunderstood, and vilified. 

Today, over 80 per cent of the world’s migrants move between countries in a safe and orderly fashion. 

But unregulated migration – the cruel realm of traffickers – continues to extract a terrible cost.

18 May 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial 

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the ministerial meeting on "A Call to Action on a Roadmap for Global Food Security" at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

Two weeks ago, I visited the Sahel region of Africa, where I met families who do not know where their next meal is coming from. Severe acute malnutrition – a wasting disease that can kill if left untreated – is rising. Farm animals are already dying of hunger.

Leaders told me that because of the war in Ukraine, on top of the other crises they face, they fear this dangerous situation could tip into catastrophe.

They are not alone. 

17 May 2022, ECOSOC

Secretary-General's remarks to ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development 

In a world in crisis, rescuing the Sustainable Development Goals is more important than ever. And I mean what I said. When we see most of the SDGs moving backwards by the accumulation of crises we are facing, to rescue them must be our highest common priority. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of some 15 million lives.  

It pushed about 100 million people into poverty in 2020 alone. And it has set back human development, especially women’s rights, by a full generation.  

11 May 2022, Vienna

Secretary-General's opening remarks at joint press conference with Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg of Austria

Chancellor Nehammer, ladies and gentlemen of the press, Minister Schallenberg, I want to begin by expressing my deep gratitude for your country’s generous support to the United Nations and unwavering commitment to multilateralism.

This support and commitment are more critical today than ever.

We face multiple and interlinked global crises, and a proliferation of conflicts – not least the Russian invasion of Ukraine which is a violation of its territorial integrity and a violation of the Charter of the United Nations.   

11 May 2022, Vienna

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press encounter with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen

Ladies and Gentlemen – good morning.

I want to thank President Van der Bellen, and please convey my deep gratitude to the Government and people of Austria for their excellent hospitality in relation to this visit, but also structural hospitality for the UN agencies in Vienna – an outstanding place to work due to the generosity of the Austrian government and Austrian people.

It is wonderful to be back in Vienna – an important hub of the international system and a cherished home for many United Nations entities.

15 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the Group of Friends on Gender Parity

Excellencies, Friends,

I am pleased to join you today.

I thank H.E. Ms. Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser Al-Misnad, Minister of Social Development and the Family of the State of Qatar, and H.E. Prof. Jeannette Bayisenge, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion of Rwanda, for their support and commitment to advancing gender parity.

The Group of Friends has been an important and strong partner to the Organization in our journey towards gender parity.

16 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at Town Hall Meeting with Women's Civil Society at the Commission on the Status of Women

It is a great pleasure to be here with all of you.

The Town Hall during the Commission on the Status of Women is an important and regular fixture in my calendar. I never miss it.  I welcome this opportunity to meet with women’s organizations and feminist civil society, and to hear your ideas and concerns as I’ve said. 

Let’s be clear.

Gender equality is essentially a question of power.  And power has for millennia been concentrated in the hands of men, to the detriment of all.

17 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (Part 1)

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Five decades ago, the United Nations created the category of Least Developed Countries.  

This was a clear recognition of two fundamental truths.  

First, different histories, vulnerabilities and structural inequalities — often not of these countries’ making — were posing enormous obstacles to climbing the development ladder.  

Second, every country deserves a level playing field to unlock its human potential and build strong, resilient economies.