UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with students at the “25 de Junho” School in Beira, Mozambique, following the aftermath of cyclones Idai and Kenneth. (July 2019)
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history and prolonged school closures could further entrench inequalities in access to learning, the UN Secretary-General said, underlining the need for “bold steps” to address the crisis. Describing education as “the key to personal development and the future of societies”, António Guterres issued recommendations to get children back in the classroom in a policy brief launched alongside a new global campaign called Save our Future.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General António Guterres delivers the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture virtually on Nelson Mandela International Day.
Inequality, an issue which “defines our time”, risks destroying the world’s economies and societies, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a hard-hitting speech, delivering the 2020 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, held online for the first time, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The lecture series, held annually by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, on the birthday of the first democratically-elected President of South Africa, aims to encourage dialogue by inviting prominent personalities to discuss major international challenges.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas António Guterres (3rd left) addresses the "Partnering to Address Acute Food Insecurity" event, co-organized by the World Bank and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (September 2018)
In much of the world, “hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising”, the UN chief said, launching this year’s major UN food security update, highlighting that over the past five years, tens of millions of people have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished. As countries “continue to grapple with malnutrition in all its forms, including the growing burden of obesity”, Secretary-General António Guterres said that this year’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report “sends a sobering message”.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the virtual commemoration of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations on the occasion of UN Charter Day.
The UN Charter “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual ceremony, commemorating 75 years since the Organization’s foundational text was signed. Adopted by Member States as the Second World War was coming to a close, the UN chief noted that the world today was marking the milestone anniversary “as global pressures are spiraling up”. The Charter was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945 and came into force on 24 October 1945.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivers video remarks on Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the World of Work.
Jobs, livelihoods and the well-being of workers, families and businesses across the globe, continue to take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic; with micro, small and medium enterprises in particular, suffering the dire economic consequences, according to a new policy brief. “The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. “Every worker, every business and every corner of the globe has been affected. Hundreds of millions of jobs have been lost”.
António Guterres (left) meets internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangassou, Central African Republic
Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach
Based on the work of a high-level task force appointed by the Secretary-General, the report lays out a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the United Nations prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse. The strategy is victim-centred and rooted in transparency, accountability and ensuring justice.