Peace and Security

28 June 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Second High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States

I am pleased to welcome you to the Second High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States.

The fight against terrorism has seen important advances. Attacks have been thwarted across the world, and hundreds of terrorists have been brought to justice.

Yet the threat has persisted and diversified.

And the fight against terrorism has itself caused damage.

Al-Qaida and ISIL have continued to exploit social grievances and gender stereotypes to inspire lone actors and co-opt other groups.

28 June 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict

Madam President,    

I thank the Government of Estonia for convening today’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict.

Conflict devastates societies and hits children particularly hard.

The start of 2021 has been no exception and, although monitoring of violations against children committed during 2021 will not be reported until my report of next year, I call on all parties to conflict to prioritize the prevention of violations against children and to engage in dialogue, ceasefires and peace processes.

23 June 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

[Delivered by VTC]

Thank you, Mr. President.

I welcome this opportunity to brief the Security Council about the humanitarian situation in Syria.

My latest report is now before the Security Council.  The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will brief you in detail.

I will focus my remarks on the decisions soon to be taken by the Security Council.

For many of Syria’s people, the situation today is worse than at any time since the conflict began.

13.4 million people need humanitarian assistance.

20 May 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening statement at press stakeout following the ceasefire announcement between Gaza and Israel

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the media following the ceasefire announcement between Gaza and Israel.

I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, after 11 days of deadly hostilities. I extend my deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones.

I commend Egypt and Qatar for the efforts carried out, in close coordination with the UN, to help restore calm to Gaza and Israel. I call on all sides to observe the ceasefire.

20 May 2021, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East and Palestine

The past ten days have witnessed a dangerous and horrific surge in deadly violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly Gaza, and in Israel. 

I am deeply shocked by the continued air and artillery bombardment by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza. As of 19 May, this had claimed the lives of at least 208 Palestinians, including 60 children, and injured thousands more.

19 May 2021, Security Council

Remarks to UN Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: "Addressing root causes of conflict while promoting post-pandemic recovery in Africa"

Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Council on the important subject of addressing the root causes of conflict while promoting post-pandemic recovery in Africa.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have warned of the risks it poses to people and societies around the world, especially in countries affected by conflict. The series of Policy Briefs I issued last year included one that focuses only on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa.
This was the backdrop to my appeal for a global ceasefire to enable us to focus on our common enemy: the virus.

16 May 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East 

I thank the Chinese presidency for organizing this open meeting.

We meet today amid the most serious escalation in Gaza and Israel in years.

The current hostilities are utterly appalling.  This latest round of violence only perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction and despair, and pushes farther to the horizon any hopes of coexistence and peace.

Fighting must stop.  It must stop immediately.  Rockets and mortars on one side and aerial and artillery bombardments on the other must stop.  I appeal to all parties to heed this call.

14 May 2021, Moscow

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation

Spasibo Bolshoi.

I would like to thank Foreign Minister Lavrov for his invitation to visit Moscow, and for the warm hospitality extended to me and my delegation during our stay.

This visit takes place a few days after Victory Day, and I want to take profit of this occasion to express my deep congratulations to the Government and the people of the Russian Federation.

06 May 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at the Annual Memorial Service to honour United Nations Personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Dear Colleagues and family members,

We gather to remember and honour United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty over the course of last year. 

While we unfortunately cannot yet gather in person, this solemn ceremony powerfully reflects how those bonds transcend physical distance. 

We may not be in the same room, but we are together -- with unity in purpose and solidarity in sorrow. 

The year 2020 was like no other in the history of the United Nations.