AIDS, other health issues

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.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمكافحة إساءة استعمال المخدرات والاتجار غير المشروع بها.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للقضاء على العنف الجنسي في حالات النزاع.
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