Secretary-General António Guterres records a video message on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency… an economic crisis, a social crisis and a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis. — ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General António Guterres records a video message on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

Video Highlights

Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

"These are still early days for the pandemic in Africa, and disruption could escalate quickly. Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative – now and for recovering better."

COVID-19: Action on mental health

"I urge governments, civil society, health authorities and others to come together urgently to address the mental health dimension of this pandemic."

Countering COVID-19 Hate Speech

I ask everyone, everywhere, to stand up against hate, treat each other with dignity and take every opportunity to spread kindness.

Persons with Disabilities & COVID-19

We must guarantee the equal rights of people with disabilities to access healthcare and lifesaving procedures during the pandemic.

Vision

The Secretary-General's vision on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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Team

The Secretary-General appoints women to senior posts.
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News

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Journey

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Selection

A new process for selecting the Secretary-General.
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In the Field

The Secretary-General's 10-year tenure as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015).
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