AIDS, other health issues

31 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at virtual press encounter to launch the Report on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the media on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The world is facing an unprecedented test.  And this is the moment of truth.

Hundreds of thousands of people are falling seriously ill from COVID-19, and the disease is spreading exponentially in many places,

Societies are in turmoil and economies are in a nose-dive.

The International Monetary Fund has reassessed the prospect for growth for 2020 and 2021, declaring that we have entered a recession – as bad as or worse than in 2009.

26 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at G-20 Virtual Summit on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you, Your Majesty, for convening this meeting.  

We are at war with a virus – and not winning it. 

It took the world three months to reach 100,000 confirmed cases of infection.  

The next 100,000 happened in just 12 days.  

The third took four days. 

The fourth, just one and a half. 

This is exponential growth and only the tip of the iceberg.  

This war needs a war-time plan to fight it. 

Solidarity is essential. Among the  

G-20 – and with the developing world, including countries in conflict.  

25 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at launch of Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19

The world faces an unprecedented threat.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly covered the globe. It has spread suffering, disrupted billions of lives and endangered the global economy.

COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back. Individual country responses are not going to be enough.

Wealthy countries with strong health systems are buckling under the pressure.

Now, the virus is arriving in countries already in the midst of humanitarian crises caused by conflicts, natural disasters and climate change. 

23 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks of the Secretary-General's appeal for global ceasefire

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.  

The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. 

Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. 

The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.

They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. 

Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed. 

19 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at virtual press encounter on COVID-19 Crisis

We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and upending people’s lives. 

A global recession – perhaps of record dimensions – is a near certainty.  

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has just reported that workers around the world could lose as much as 3.4 trillion U.S. dollars in income by the end of this year. 

This is, above all, a human crisis that calls for solidarity.   

28 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press on Syria and COVID-19

In recent days I have warned repeatedly about the risk of a serious escalation of the hostilities in northwest Syria.
I fear that with the events of the past 24 hours, we have reached that point.
This is one of the most alarming moments across the duration of the Syrian conflict.
Without urgent action, the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour.
And as always, civilians are paying the gravest price.
Nearly 1 million people have fled their homes in the past three months.

24 February 2020, Geneva

Opening remarks to the media during a press encounter at the World Health Organization

 I want first of all to express my enormous gratitude and admiration for the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO).
When I visited Beni a few months ago, I could see the courage, the resilience of WHO staff fighting Ebola in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), living in extremely harsh conditions, risking their lives in a very insecure area and doing everything to serve the Congolese people and to avoid the dramatic impact of that disease, both in the DRC and the risk of propagation.

23 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage

[Bilingual, as delivered]

01 September 2019, Mangina

Opening remarks at press encounter at Ebola Treatment Centre in Mangina, DR Congo

Secretary-General António Guterres visits the Mangina Ebola treatment centre in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before entering the town, his shoes are being disinfected. UN Photo/Martine Perret

[Deliverd in French, scroll down for French version]

01 September 2019, Beni

Remarks at press stakeout in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Delivered in French]

I am very happy to be in the territory of Beni today.

I could not go to the DRC without coming to meet the brave people of this beautiful territory, who, beyond a terrible Ebola epidemic, and other health problems like measles, malaria or cholera, unfortunately have to face great insecurity.