Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

31 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at virtual press encounter to launch the Report on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19

The world is facing an unprecedented test.  And this is the moment of truth.

Hundreds of thousands of people are falling seriously ill from COVID-19, and the disease is spreading exponentially in many places,

Societies are in turmoil and economies are in a nose-dive.

The International Monetary Fund has reassessed the prospect for growth for 2020 and 2021, declaring that we have entered a recession – as bad as or worse than in 2009.

26 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at G-20 Virtual Summit on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you, Your Majesty, for convening this meeting.  

We are at war with a virus – and not winning it. 

It took the world three months to reach 100,000 confirmed cases of infection.  

The next 100,000 happened in just 12 days.  

The third took four days. 

The fourth, just one and a half. 

This is exponential growth and only the tip of the iceberg.  

This war needs a war-time plan to fight it. 

Solidarity is essential. Among the  

G-20 – and with the developing world, including countries in conflict.  

06 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Group of Friends on Gender Parity

I want to express my deep gratitude to our co-Chairs - Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani and Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee for your very strong leadership and your dedication to enhancing gender parity and gender equality at the United Nations and beyond.

09 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to 64th Commission on the Status of Women

I am very pleased to join you for the 64th Commission on the Status of Women.
I am truly saddened that the extraordinary circumstances ushered in by the spread of the coronavirus have left us no choice but to postpone the full session of the CSW and, instead, gather for just this one day.
I know that activists and women’s groups around the world share my disappointment.
But I also take heart because I know we remain committed to the cause of gender equality.

06 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Observance of International Women's Day

I wish you all the best for International Women’s Day on Sunday.
Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: gender equality is a question of power.
Men have used and abused power to control women and prevent them from achieving their potential for millennia.

27 February 2020, New York City

Secretary-General António Guterres' remarks at the New School: "Women and Power"

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Dear students, dear friends,

It is a great pleasure to be here today. Thank you for honouring me with this degree and through me, the United Nations and our staff around the world.

The New School is a special place. I am an engineer by training and physics has been the biggest intellectual passion of my life. But I reserve my greatest admiration for artists, philosophers, social scientists and those who explain the world and make it more beautiful.

18 February 2020, Lahore

Remarks at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

It is for me an enormous pleasure to be with all of you today, especially in a moment in which we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, and we hope to transform the 75th anniversary in a mutation in the way the UN relates with you.

Most political leaders and international organizations have in my opinion four stages in their relations with young people all over the world.

17 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks at the Centre for International Peace and Stability on "Future Challenges to Global Peace: The Role of the United Nations vis-a-vis A4P

Dear Members of the Faculty,
Dear students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to ask you to join me in paying tribute to the heroic 157 Pakistani peacekeepers that sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. So, I would ask you please to join me in a moment of silence.
Thank you. I am very proud to be a colleague of theirs.

16 February 2020, Islamabad

Opening remarks to the press with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan

It is a pleasure to be back in Pakistan – a country deeply committed to multilateralism and the United Nations.

This is my first visit as Secretary-General of the United Nations, but as High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the opportunity – I was fortunate — to be able to visit this country several times.

And as I said this afternoon in the conference on sustainable development and climate change, what I’ve seen — the generosity and solidarity with the Afghan people — has created a love affair between the [Pakistani] people and myself.

16 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

It is for me an enormous pleasure to start with this meeting on climate change my first official visit as Secretary-General to Pakistan. For more than ten years, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I came many times to Pakistan. And in those ten years, I developed a love affair with the Pakistani people and with Pakistan itself.