Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

25 January 2021, UN Headquarters

Special address at Davos Agenda

I thank you very much for this opportunity to address the Davos Agenda.

Humanity has just endured a year of tragedy and crisis that we never want to repeat.

If there is one word that characterizes today’s world, it is fragility.

We see it in the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.

More than 2 million people have died, and we are in the worst economic crisis for nearly a century.

We see it in the inequalities among people and countries that have been starkly highlighted by the pandemic.

18 January 2021, UN Headquarters

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

It is a pleasure to join you.

I congratulate the Republic of Guinea as it assumes the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China for 2021.

I assure you of continued support of the United Nations Secretariat.

I commend Guyana for its expert guidance of the group throughout 2020, an unprecedented year in the history of our Organization.

18 December 2020, Berlin

Remarks to the Bundestag, the German parliament in Berlin

Thank you very much, Mr. President of the Bundestag Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, for the opportunity to speak here in the German Bundestag today.
Dear Federal President,
Dear Chancellor,
Dear President of the Federal Constitutional Court,
Dear Members of the Bundestag,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

09 December 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, following the Fourth UN-AU Annual Conference

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, 

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, my dear friend Moussa Faki Mahamat and myself have just concluded the fourth Annual Conference between the United Nations and the African Union.

We are committed to further developing our cooperation to serve the people of Africa. 

Today, of the many topics that were discussed, I allow myself to concentrate on two.

First, the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Africa has so far registered more than 2,200,000 cases and over 53,000 deaths.

02 December 2020, New York

Secretary-General's address at Columbia University: "The State of the Planet" 

Secretary-General António Guterres discusses the State of the Planet at Columbia University in New York City. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

President Bollinger,
Dear friends,

I thank Columbia University for hosting this gathering — and I welcome those joining online around the world.

We meet in this unusual way as we enter the last month of this most unusual year.

We are facing a devastating pandemic, new heights of global heating, new lows of ecological degradation and new setbacks in our work towards global goals for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.

To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken.

Dear friends,

Humanity is waging war on nature.

01 December 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development

Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

I am pleased to join you in commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development. 

It is a critical time to reflect on what it will take to ensure equality for all and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing gaps in social development.

It has wiped out important development gains in a matter of months.

For the first time in decades, extreme poverty is rising.

30 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at Thirteenth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

I am pleased to join you for the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Later this week, we will also observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

I take this issue of disability inclusion extremely seriously.

Securing the rights of persons with disabilities is necessary for upholding the values and principles of the United Nations Charter. 

That is why, last year, I launched a UN system-wide Disability Inclusion Strategy.

25 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Excellencies, dear friends,

I am pleased to join you on this important day for the United Nations and for the world.

Violence against women and girls is a pervasive global human rights challenge, rooted in unequal gender power relations, structural inequality and discrimination.

That is why we launched the global UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.

The COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action.

24 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at the Third Roundtable of Renowned Economists on Rebirthing the Global Economy

Welcome to this third roundtable on ‘Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development for All’.

Now, we launched these discussions to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and different perspectives to the table. 

Over these past months, we have greatly benefitted from the insights of distinguished women economists on debt, trade, finance, climate and decent jobs.   

This is critical as we face not only an unprecedented crisis — but also the opportunity to make real, foundational, and necessary change. 

The challenges loom large.

22 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at G20 Riyadh Summit

Our greatest defense against COVID-19 is solidarity and cooperation. 
In this context, G20 leadership is vital in three key areas. 
First, halting the further spread of the pandemic. 
Yesterday, I was encouraged by the broad recognition that vaccines – as well as tests and treatments – must be global public goods, available and affordable for all.