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10 March 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly Fifth Consultation on Our Common Agenda

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My thanks to the President and Vice Presidents of the General Assembly for convening these consultations; to you, the Member States, for your constructive and active engagement; and to the external stakeholders whose diverse perspectives enriched these discussions.  

We face a fraught and complex world; a five-alarm fire in which geopolitical, technological, environmental and other pressures are driving us apart, when we most urgently need to come together.

03 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Opening Session of the Fourth CARICOM-SICA Summit

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Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I want to start by expressing my deepest apologies for not being able to join you in person.

I want to thank you profoundly for your understanding, but I am very sorry I cannot go. 

As you know well, pressing global events are keeping me in New York.

My heart is very much with you.

I look forward to seeing all of you in person in the near future.

Belize is an inspired place to hold your joint Summit.

02 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's press remarks following vote of General Assembly on Ukraine

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists following the UN General Assembly adopting a resolution demanding that Russia immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. Photo: United Nations

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,  
 
The General Assembly has spoken.  
 
As Secretary-General, it is my duty to stand by this resolution and be guided by its call.  
 
The message of the General Assembly is loud and clear:   
 
End hostilities in Ukraine — now.  
 
Silence the guns — now.   
 
Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy — now.  
 
The territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine must be respected in line with the UN Charter. 
 
We don’t have a moment to lose.  
 

25 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's press remarks following Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much. 
 
The United Nations was born out of war to end war.  
 
Today, that objective was not achieved.   
 
But we must never give up. 
 
We must give peace another chance.   
 
Soldiers need to return to their barracks. 
 
Leaders need to turn to the path of dialogue and peace. 
 

01 March 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to launch the flash appeal for Ukraine 

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

In the past week, a country has been thrown into chaos; a region has been upended; and the reverberations are being felt around the world.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in Ukraine.

Innocent people are once again paying the highest price of war.

More than half a million people have fled across borders.

Hundreds of thousands of women, children and men are spending days and nights underground, in basements, car parks and subway stations.

28 February 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine

The fighting in Ukraine must stop.

It is raging across the country, from air, land and sea.

It must stop now.

Russian missile and air bombardments are pounding Ukrainian cities day and night.

The capital, Kyiv, is encircled from all sides.
 
In the face of the continuing attacks, Kyiv’s three million residents are being forced to seek safety in their homes, improvised bomb shelters, and in the city’s subways.

24 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Statement by the Secretary-General on Ukraine

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists on the current situation in Ukraine.  UN Photo/Loey Felipe

We are seeing Russian military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine on a scale that Europe has not seen in decades.

Day after day, I have been clear that such unilateral measures conflict directly with the United Nations Charter.

The Charter is clear: “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

23 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter following the Security Council meeting on Ukraine

This is the saddest moment in my tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I started this meeting of the Security Council addressing President Putin and telling him from the bottom of my heart: Stop your troops from an offensive against Ukraine, give peace a chance because too many people have died.

During the meeting President Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ in the Donbas and required the Ukrainian troops to lay down their arms. So, in the present circumstances I must change my appeal. 

23 February 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks at Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Thank you very much, Mr. President. 

Mr. President, Excellencies. 

I want to reaffirm what I expressed this morning in the meeting in the General Assembly, but of course it would not make any sense to bother you reading again the same text that I am sure you are all aware of. 

In between, during the day, a number of events took place, and with your permission, Mr. President, I would like to ask Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo to be able to brief you on those events. 

23 February 2022, General Assembly

Secretary-General's remarks to the General Assembly on Ukraine

Mr. President, 
Excellencies, 
Ladies and gentlemen, 
 
We meet in the face of the most serious global peace and security crisis in recent years – and certainly in my time as Secretary-General. 
 
Our world is facing a moment of peril.  I truly hoped it would not come.  
 
The latest developments regarding Ukraine are a cause of grave concern. 
 
They include reports of increased ceasefire violations across the contact line and the real risk of further escalation on the ground.