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24 January 2022, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Burkina Faso [Scroll down for French]

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is following developments in Burkina Faso with deep concern. He is particularly worried about the whereabouts and safety of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as well as the worsening security situation, following the coup carried out on January 23rd by sections of the armed forces. 

The Secretary-General strongly condemns any attempt to take over a government by the force of arms. He calls on the coup leaders to lay down their arms and to ensure the protection of the physical integrity of the President and of the institutions of Burkina Faso.

20 January 2022, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's video message at the launch of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative

Excellencies,

It is a pleasure to take part in the launch of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative.

I commend President Xi for his leadership in putting forward the Initiative at the 76th session of the General Assembly. This is a clear indication of China’s continued commitment to supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

14 January 2022, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message for the Mobilizing for Assistive Technology - Towards the 2nd Global Disability Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank Atscale — the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology — and its partners for inviting me to address you today.

Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities and our collective commitment to leaving no one behind are imperative.

Across our work, the United Nations system strives to embody this commitment and bring about lasting and transformative change for persons with disabilities.

21 January 2022, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to Ministerial Meeting on Haiti

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome the opportunity to address you today in solidarity with Haiti, a priority country for the Secretary-General and the United Nations.

I thank Canada for hosting this Ministerial Meeting, and the United States for organizing the International Partners Meeting on 17 December.

The presence of so many of you today is a testimony to your engagement with Haiti and to your concern about the situation in the country.

21 January 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks to press on his priorities for 2022

Good afternoon. 
 
Today I briefed the General Assembly on what I see as I scan today’s global landscape.
 
I did not pull any punches.  It’s not a pretty picture. 
 
I see a 5-alarm global fire.
 
You heard the speech.  I won’t repeat it. 
 
The essence of my message is simply this:  we don’t have the luxury to just catalogue our challenges. 
 
We must do something about them – and we can do something about them. 
 
So my message was stark – because that is the state of our world. 
 

21 January 2022, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on deadly airstrikes in Yemen

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns the airstrikes launched earlier today by the Saudi-led Coalition against a detention center in Saada city.  Initial reports indicate at least 60 deaths and over 100 injured among the inmates. Further airstrikes have been reported elsewhere in Yemen, also with reports of deaths and injuries among civilians, including children. An airstrike on telecommunications facilities in Hudaydah has also significantly disrupted vital internet services across much of the country.
 

21 January 2022, New York

Secretary-General's press conference on his priorities for 2022

Good afternoon.
 
Today I briefed the General Assembly on what I see as I scan today’s global landscape.
 
I did not pull any punches.  It’s not a pretty picture.
 
I see a 5-alarm global fire.
 
You heard the speech.  I won’t repeat it.
 
The essence of my message is simply this:  we don’t have the luxury to just catalogue our challenges.
 
We must do something about them – and we can do something about them.
 
So my message was stark – because that is the state of our world.
 

21 January 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly on his Priorities for 2022

ecretary-General António Guterres briefs the UN General Assembly on his priorities for 2022. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

[All-English version; scroll down for All-French and bilingual as delivered versions]

Excellencies,

We begin another year in the grips of a global pandemic.

COVID-19 continues to upend lives, plans and hopes.

The only certainty is more uncertainty.
 
Meanwhile, inequalities are growing.

Inflation is rising. 

The climate crisis, pollution and biodiversity loss rage on.

We face a cauldron of political unrest and ferocious conflicts. 

Mistrust among world powers is reaching fever pitch.

21 January 2022, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly on his Priorities for 2022 [bilingual as delivered; scroll down for all-English and all-French]

Excellencies,

We begin another year in the grips of a global pandemic.

COVID-19 continues to upend lives, plans and hopes.

The only certainty is more uncertainty.
 
Meanwhile, inequalities are growing.

Inflation is rising. 

The climate crisis, pollution and biodiversity loss rage on.

We face a cauldron of political unrest and ferocious conflicts. 

Mistrust among world powers is reaching fever pitch.

And the information superhighway is clogged with hatred and lies, giving oxygen to the worst impulses of humanity.

20 January 2022, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Holocaust Denial

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption today by the General Assembly of the historic resolution which rejects and condemns without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event.