Peace and Security

01 August 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter at UN Headquarters

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Good afternoon. 
 
First August. It is the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere.
 
We are witnessing not only record global warming but global political tensions are also heating up.
 
Both are dangerous and both are avoidable. 
 
Let me begin with the climate emergency.  
 
We have always lived through hot summers.  But this is not the summer of our youth. 
 
This is not your grandfather’s summer. 
 

18 July 2019, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions

United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international peace and security. But they are temporary. We are strengthening our focus on moments of transition, when our missions are reconfigured or leave a country.  
 
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13 June 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States

Saidi al Raiis,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
As salam alaikum.
 
I thank the Government of Kuwait for convening this discussion on “Issues of Priority to the League of Arab States and outcomes of the Arab Summit.”
 
I want to express my warm welcome to Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.  We have been working together on many of the most difficult dossiers    that our two organizations confront, and it is for me an enormous pleasure to see you sitting in the Security Council.
 

12 June 2019, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Meeting on Conflict Prevention and Mediation

I thank Kuwait and His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, for this opportunity to brief the Council.
 
I welcome the representatives of The Elders, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former President Mary Robinson. I also see in front of me the former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.  I welcome them in this chamber today, and thank them for contributing their personal wisdom and support to the debate.
 

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