U.N. Secretariat

13 April 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference to launch of Report entitled: "Global Impact of War in Ukraine on Food, Energy and Finance Systems"

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the press on the global impact of war in Ukraine on food, energy and finance systems. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ladies and gentlemen of the press. Thank you very much for coming.

Now, since the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, the world’s attention has been focused on the war’s terrifying levels of death, destruction and suffering.

From the start, the United Nations has been actively engaged in delivering humanitarian support to the people in Ukraine, the people who are paying the highest price, and to the host countries of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War.

05 April 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks at the UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

Madame President, Excellencies,

The war in Ukraine is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order and the global peace architecture, founded on the United Nations Charter.

01 April 2022, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on a Nationwide Truce in Yemen

I commend the Government of Yemen, the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthis for agreeing on a two-month truce in Yemen, including cross-border attacks. I urge all parties to make the necessary arrangements to support the successful implementation of the truce, and to operationalize cooperation mechanisms without delay.

I thank my Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, and his team for their tireless efforts in their pursuit of this agreement.

31 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at the launch of the the High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities 

Good morning to all of you. 
Today I am launching my High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of non-State entities.  
And I am joined by Ms. Catherine McKenna, who will chair the Group, and I’m very grateful for that. 
Before Catherine makes her remarks, let me recap why we are here. 
The climate crisis is getting rapidly worse. 
Despite growing pledges of climate action, global emissions are at an all-time high and they continue to rise.  

31 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the High-level Pledging Event on Afghanistan 

Thank you for joining us today in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. I thank the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar for hosting this pledging conference.

The massive humanitarian response in Afghanistan since August 2021 undoubtedly saved many lives over the winter.

I thank many of you for your contributions to the full funding of last year’s humanitarian appeal.

However, despite our collective efforts, the already dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated alarmingly over the past months.

30 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Peacebuilding Commission on the Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace 


I thank you for this opportunity to discuss the report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.

Peace is the most important task we have at the United Nations.

This Commission is critical to advancing this essential work, and I am encouraged by your programme for 2022.

The problem is our task grows larger by the day.

As detailed in my report, we are facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945.

From Yemen to Syria, Myanmar and Sudan.

From Haiti to the Sahel and on and on. 

29 March 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks at General Assembly event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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It is my privilege to join you as we pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the transatlantic slave trade.
There is much that we know about the trade in enslaved Africans, and today is a day we remember: the crime against humanity; the unprecedented mass human trafficking; the degrading economic transactions and unspeakable human rights violations.

But there is also much that we do not know, and today must be a day of learning.

28 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at press encounter on the war in Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, 

Good morning. It is a great pleasure to be with you again.

Today, I am announcing that in the exercise of my good offices, I have asked Martin Griffiths, the Coordinator of our humanitarian work worldwide, immediately to explore with the parties involved the possible agreements and arrangements for a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine. 

15 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the Group of Friends on Gender Parity

Excellencies, Friends,

I am pleased to join you today.

I thank H.E. Ms. Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser Al-Misnad, Minister of Social Development and the Family of the State of Qatar, and H.E. Prof. Jeannette Bayisenge, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion of Rwanda, for their support and commitment to advancing gender parity.

The Group of Friends has been an important and strong partner to the Organization in our journey towards gender parity.

16 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

[English, as delivered; scroll down for Arabic version]

I thank the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland for again co-hosting this conference, and the representatives of governments and organizations with us today for your solidarity with the people of Yemen.

Yemen may have receded from the headlines, but the human suffering has not relented.

For seven years and counting the Yemeni people have been confronting death, destruction, displacement, starvation, terror, division, and destitution on a massive scale.