Peace and Security

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للتحويلات المالية العائلية.

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,
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.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للمحيطات.

07 June 2019, St. Petersburg

Remarks to press following meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin

First of all, thank you very much for your kind invitation. It was for me an enormous pleasure to come again to the St. Petersburg Forum.
It is for me a very important opportunity to address the distinguished international audience, governments, business, societies in general on issues that are vital for the United Nations and in particular, in this Forum’s context, the Sustainable Development Goals and the possibility of a fair globalization.

07 June 2019, St. Petersburg

Remarks to the Plenary Session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

President Putin, Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,
I am very pleased to be making my second visit to this prestigious forum as Secretary-General of the United Nations.  And I thank President Putin and the people of the Russian Federation for hosting this dynamic gathering.
St. Petersburg was home to many of the seminal events that marked the 20th century.

30 May 2019, Aachen

Address at the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the Unity of Europe

Su Majestad, Señoras y Señores, 
En primer lugar, quiero dar las gracias a Su Majestad el Rey Felipe VI de España por su presencia aquí hoy y sus amables palabras; significan mucho para mí.

23 May 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

I thank the Government of Indonesia for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, a cornerstone of international humanitarian law.  And it is with enormous please that I see with us Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the guardian of these Conventions.

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Ceremony

Fifty-eight years ago, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash in the Congo while trying to broker a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country.
He was a tireless and fearless champion of peace. 
A believer in diplomacy and preventive measures as well as in taking robust action when needed. 
His death continues to resonate, and his legacy lives on in the countries where the United Nations is called on to maintain and promote peace.

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Captain Diagne Medal Ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) shares a moment of grieving with Ms. Chitete Mwenechanya, who wears around her neck the medal awarded to her late husband, Private Chancy Chitete from Malawi. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The world does not have many true heroes.
But the late Private Chancy Chitete, of Malawi was indeed one of them and we unfortunately lost him last year.
Private Chitete was serving with MONUSCO -- the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Last November, Tanzanian and Malawian peacekeepers came under heavy fire while conducting an operation to stop attacks on local towns by an armed group, the ADF, that was disrupting the Ebola response.