Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

22 May 2019, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

I welcome this opportunity to provide an update to these ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment.
 
You have before you my first report to the Council since the landmark General Assembly resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.

The report outlines progress not only in response to direct mandates of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, usually designated as QCPR and General Assembly resolution, but also on all measures I am taking to ensure effective, cohesive and accountable support to the 2030 Agenda.

21 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series

Welcome to the Africa Dialogue Series.
 
As we look to build and bolster multilateralism, we need strong coalitions across international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia, the media and more. The Africa Dialogue Series is an important part of this effort. 
 

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10 May 2019, Geneva

Remarks to Special General Council of the World Trade Organization

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you very much for inviting me to address all of you today.
 
Since the end of the Second World War, nations have relied on a system of multilateral institutions and agreements to promote peace and equitable social and economic progress.
 
The World Trade Organization, along with its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, is an indispensable component of that system.
 
Trade is at the heart of international relations, and the WTO is at the heart of trade.
 

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27 April 2019, Beijing

Remarks at Leaders' Roundtable on promoting green and sustainable development to implement the 2030 Agenda

I am deeply concerned about the climate crisis, and this is a matter I am very passionate about.
 
Since I feel, when one looks at what happens on the ground and which is growing worse day by day, I believe we still lack the global political will to take the kind of transformational measures necessary to make these trends be reversed before it is too late.
 

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26 April 2019, Beijing

Remarks at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China. UN Photo/Zhao Yun

Convened by President Xi Jinping, we come together at this forum on the Belt and Road in the face of uncertainty and unease around the globe. 
 
I want to recognize China for its central role as a pillar of international cooperation and multilateralism.  This gathering today reflects that commitment in these turbulent times.
 
Inequality, the climate crisis, and the potential risks of globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are creating deep levels of public anxiety.