Peace and Security

28 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press encounter on the war in Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, 

Good morning. It is a great pleasure to be with you again.

Today, I am announcing that in the exercise of my good offices, I have asked Martin Griffiths, the Coordinator of our humanitarian work worldwide, immediately to explore with the parties involved the possible agreements and arrangements for a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine. 

16 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

[English, as delivered; scroll down for Arabic version]

I thank the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland for again co-hosting this conference, and the representatives of governments and organizations with us today for your solidarity with the people of Yemen.

Yemen may have receded from the headlines, but the human suffering has not relented.

For seven years and counting the Yemeni people have been confronting death, destruction, displacement, starvation, terror, division, and destitution on a massive scale.

22 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to press on the war in Ukraine

One month ago, the Russian Federation launched a massive invasion of the sovereign territory of Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter.
 
It was done after months of building up a military force of overwhelming proportion along the Ukrainian border.  
 
Since then, we have seen appalling human suffering and destruction in cities, towns and villages. 
 
Systematic bombardments that terrorise civilians. 
 
The shelling of hospitals, schools, apartment buildings and shelters.
 

23 March 2022

Secretary-General's remarks at the Security Council briefing on the Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States

Mister President,
Secretary-General Aboul Gheit [of the League of Arab States],
Excellencies,

I welcome this opportunity to address the Security Council on the cooperation with the League of Arab States.

Strengthening our cooperation with regional organizations is a sine qua non for strengthening multilateralism globally.

We need partnership across all levels – from the local to the regional to the global.

The League of Arab States is critical across the spectrum of our work.

14 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the press on the war in Ukraine 

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters at UN headquarters on the war in Ukraine. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Ukraine is on fire.
 
The country is being decimated before the eyes of the world.   
 
The impact on civilians is reaching terrifying proportions.   
 
Countless innocent people – including women and children – have been killed.  
 
After being hit by Russian forces, roads, airports and schools lie in ruins.   
 
According to the World Health Organization, at least 24 health facilities have suffered attacks.   
 
Hundreds of thousands of people are without water or electricity. 
 

10 March 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly Fifth Consultation on Our Common Agenda

[All-English; scroll down for bilingual, as delivered and all-French versions]

My thanks to the President and Vice Presidents of the General Assembly for convening these consultations; to you, the Member States, for your constructive and active engagement; and to the external stakeholders whose diverse perspectives enriched these discussions.  

We face a fraught and complex world; a five-alarm fire in which geopolitical, technological, environmental and other pressures are driving us apart, when we most urgently need to come together.

02 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's press remarks following vote of General Assembly on Ukraine

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists following the UN General Assembly adopting a resolution demanding that Russia immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. Photo: United Nations

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,  
 
The General Assembly has spoken.  
 
As Secretary-General, it is my duty to stand by this resolution and be guided by its call.  
 
The message of the General Assembly is loud and clear:   
 
End hostilities in Ukraine — now.  
 
Silence the guns — now.   
 
Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy — now.  
 
The territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine must be respected in line with the UN Charter. 
 
We don’t have a moment to lose.  
 

25 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's press remarks following Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much. 
 
The United Nations was born out of war to end war.  
 
Today, that objective was not achieved.   
 
But we must never give up. 
 
We must give peace another chance.   
 
Soldiers need to return to their barracks. 
 
Leaders need to turn to the path of dialogue and peace. 
 

01 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to launch the flash appeal for Ukraine 

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

In the past week, a country has been thrown into chaos; a region has been upended; and the reverberations are being felt around the world.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in Ukraine.

Innocent people are once again paying the highest price of war.

More than half a million people have fled across borders.

Hundreds of thousands of women, children and men are spending days and nights underground, in basements, car parks and subway stations.

28 February 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine

The fighting in Ukraine must stop.

It is raging across the country, from air, land and sea.

It must stop now.

Russian missile and air bombardments are pounding Ukrainian cities day and night.

The capital, Kyiv, is encircled from all sides.
 
In the face of the continuing attacks, Kyiv’s three million residents are being forced to seek safety in their homes, improvised bomb shelters, and in the city’s subways.