Peace and Security

22 June 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at the Annual Memorial Service to honour United Nations Personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021

Dear Colleagues and family members,

We have come together to honour the memory of United Nations personnel who lost their lives serving our organization over the course of last year.

I want to acknowledge the family members and loved ones joining us from all over the world – our hearts are with you.

We are united in sorrow and solidarity.

Throughout the past year, COVID-19 continued to cause immeasurable suffering and death.

15 June 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council - on Women, Peace and Security


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Gender equality offers a path to sustainable peace and conflict prevention, and yet we are moving in the opposite direction. 

09 June 2022, Los Angeles, California

Secretary-General's Remarks at the Summit of the Americas

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26 May 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage, Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award and Dag Hammerskjöld Medal Ceremony

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
Moments ago, I laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers Memorial to pay homage to the more than 4,200 peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives while serving under the UN flag. 

Please join me in a moment of silence in their memory.   
Thank you. 

This year’s Dag Hammarskjöld medal ceremony honours the 117 women and men who lost their lives in 2021 serving as peacekeepers.

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.

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.

05 May 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on Ukraine 

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) addresses the UN Security Council meeting on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

I welcome this opportunity to address the Security Council on my recent visit to the Russian Federation and Ukraine, where I met with President Putin and President Zelenskyy on 26 and 28 April respectively. 

As part of my regional visit, I also had discussions with President Erdoğan in Ankara and President Duda in Rzeszów, Poland. 

Throughout my travels, I did not mince words. 

I said the same thing in Moscow as I did in Kyiv – which is exactly what I have repeatedly expressed in New York.

Namely that: 

28 April 2022, Kyiv

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference with President of Ukraine

Secretary General António Guterres addresses the media in Kyiv, Ukraine. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

President Zelenskyy, thank you very much for your warm welcome in these most difficult times. 
Today, Ukraine is an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain.  
I witnessed that very vividly today around Kyiv: the senseless loss of life, the massive destruction, the unacceptable violations of human rights and the laws of war.   
It is vital that the International Criminal Court and other UN mechanisms conduct their work so that there can be real accountability. 
The position of the United Nations is clear. 

28 April 2022, Kyiv

Secretary-General's remarks to the press in three locations outside of Kyiv

When I see those destroyed buildings, I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. So, the war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil. And when one sees these situations our heart, of course, stays with the victims. Our condolences to their families, but our emotions are that there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. Look at that.