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16 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks at Town Hall Meeting with Women's Civil Society at the Commission on the Status of Women

It is a great pleasure to be here with all of you.

The Town Hall during the Commission on the Status of Women is an important and regular fixture in my calendar. I never miss it.  I welcome this opportunity to meet with women’s organizations and feminist civil society, and to hear your ideas and concerns as I’ve said. 

Let’s be clear.

Gender equality is essentially a question of power.  And power has for millennia been concentrated in the hands of men, to the detriment of all.

17 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (Part 1)

[All-English; scroll down for bilingual, as delivered version]

Five decades ago, the United Nations created the category of Least Developed Countries.  

This was a clear recognition of two fundamental truths.  

First, different histories, vulnerabilities and structural inequalities — often not of these countries’ making — were posing enormous obstacles to climbing the development ladder.  

Second, every country deserves a level playing field to unlock its human potential and build strong, resilient economies.   

17 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks at Meeting of the Members of the Forum of Small States

It is a pleasure for me to meet you today to resume our discussion on “Our Common Agenda”.

And allow me to congratulate one of our small states that is a steadfast supporter of multilateralism on your national day – Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland!

First, I would like to update you on progress on the proposals in the report since we last met in October 2021.

The General Assembly adopted an important resolution on Our Common Agenda by consensus, with an encouraging number of co-sponsors – 166 overall. Seventy-eight were members of the Forum of Small States.

21 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to Economist Sustainability Summit

Keeping 1.5 Alive – Delivering on the Fate of our Planet
 
Let me begin by thanking Zanny Minton Beddoes and the Economist for hosting this Sustainability Summit. 

You have kindly invited me to speak on the topic of “Keeping 1.5 Alive”. 

Well, there is no kind way to put it:

The 1.5-degree goal is on life support. It is in intensive care.

And we must tell it like it is. 

The world emerged from Glasgow with a certain naïve optimism. 

Yes, we saw some progress at COP 26. 

Commitments to end deforestation. 

22 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to press on the war in Ukraine

One month ago, the Russian Federation launched a massive invasion of the sovereign territory of Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter.
 
It was done after months of building up a military force of overwhelming proportion along the Ukrainian border.  
 
Since then, we have seen appalling human suffering and destruction in cities, towns and villages. 
 
Systematic bombardments that terrorise civilians. 
 
The shelling of hospitals, schools, apartment buildings and shelters.
 

22 March 2022, ECOSOC

Secretary-General's remarks to the Economic and Social Council on the follow-up to the "Our Common Agenda" Report

I thank the President of ECOSOC for convening this discussion on the follow-up to my report on “Our Common Agenda”.  

Indeed, as it was demonstrated by your intervention, Mr. President, there is a lot of “Our Common Agenda” that directly relates to the work of this chamber. 

And my thanks to Member States for the rich and substantive engagement with the ideas in the report, during the General Assembly and the five thematic consultations, and in meetings since then.  

23 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the Steering Committee of the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance

Dear Colleagues, 

Welcome, all of you.  I’m extremely grateful for your presence.  This is the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance.

Thanks to all for your contributions, and especially for being here today. 
 
The war in Ukraine is a horror unfolding before our eyes. First and foremost, we must support the people of that country, end the conflict and help those who have fled to return home.  

14 March 2022, UN Headquarters

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

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters at UN headquarters on the war in Ukraine. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Ukraine is on fire.
 
The country is being decimated before the eyes of the world.   
 
The impact on civilians is reaching terrifying proportions.   
 
Countless innocent people – including women and children – have been killed.  
 
After being hit by Russian forces, roads, airports and schools lie in ruins.   
 
According to the World Health Organization, at least 24 health facilities have suffered attacks.   
 
Hundreds of thousands of people are without water or electricity. 
 

14 March 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's opening remarks at the Commission on the Status of Women

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

It is a pleasure to join you in person to open one of the most energetic and dynamic annual events on the United Nations calendar: the Commission on the Status of Women. 

I welcome everyone here and online.

This year’s Commission on the Status of Women confronts one of the most urgent issues of our time. 

11 March 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the Closing Session of the General Assembly on "Our Common Agenda"

Excellencies, colleagues and friends.

My thanks again to all the Member States who have travelled this road with us through five incredibly rich consultations on the ideas in Our Common Agenda.

We have benefited enormously from your feedback and look forward to continuing in this same collaborative spirit.

I also thank the many external stakeholders who participated in the consultations to give us their views and perspectives on current and future challenges.