U.N. Secretariat

22 February 2022, UN Headquarters

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

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

As you know, I have cut short an overseas visit – including a very important summit of African leaders – to rush back to UN headquarters.    

Our world is facing the biggest global peace and security crisis in recent years – certainly in my tenure as Secretary-General.  

We face a moment that I sincerely hoped would not come.   

I am deeply troubled by the latest developments regarding Ukraine -- including reports of increased ceasefire violations across the contact line and the real risk of further escalation on the ground.  

16 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the Global Disability Summit 

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to join you for the opening of the second Global Disability Summit.

My thanks to the International Disability Alliance and the Governments of Norway and Ghana for bringing us together.

We are meeting in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.

COVID-19 intensified glaring inequalities – and produced new threats.

Persons with disabilities are losing their lives at vastly higher rates due to persistent barriers in health systems.

16 February 2022, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization

[Bilingual, as delivered]

Mr. President,
Secretary-General Zas,
Excellencies,

I welcome this opportunity to address the Security Council on the cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

My thanks to the Russian Presidency for organizing this open debate.

Cooperation with regional organizations is in the core of UN activities and enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

16 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the briefing on the SG Report on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

The commitment by Member States to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration crystalized three core truths.

First, that migration is a fact of life, a defining feature of humanity and our world – and above all, with a positive phenomenon enriching societies and economies.

Second, that if poorly managed, migration generates huge challenges, from tragic loss of life, to rights abuses and social tensions.

14 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the press on Ukraine

Good afternoon. 

I am deeply worried by the heightened tensions and increased speculation about a potential military conflict in Europe. 

The price in human suffering, destruction and damage to European and global security is too high to contemplate.

We simply cannot accept even the possibility of such a disastrous confrontation.

I will remain fully engaged in the hours and days to come.

I just spoke this morning with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and of Ukraine.

10 February 2022, General Assembly

Remarks at the 1st General Assembly Thematic Consultation as a follow-up to the report "Our Common Agenda" - Accelerating and scaling up the Sustainable Development Goals, leaving no-one behind 

Mr. President of the General Assembly,  
Excellencies,  
Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I extend my warm appreciation to the President of the General Assembly for convening this series of thematic consultations on my report on “Our Common Agenda”.  

And my thanks to you, Members of the General Assembly, for your rich and substantive engagement with the ideas in the report, during High-Level week, and in public and private meetings since then.  

09 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General's remarks to the ACT-Accelerator Campaign Launch 

I am pleased to join all of you to launch this resource mobilization campaign for the ACT-Accelerator. 

I thank you for putting the focus on fairness.

If we want to ensure vaccinations for everyone to end this pandemic, we must first inject fairness into the system.

We are entering the third year of the pandemic – and the world is still far from meeting crucial targets.

To vaccinate the globe.

To increase testing.

To make lifesaving effective treatments available for all who need it.

08 February 2022, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the opening of the 2022 Session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory -- including East Jerusalem -- continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security. 

The promise of the independence of the Palestinian state remains unfulfilled. 

Political, economic and security conditions across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are deteriorating as Palestinians experience high levels of dispossession, violence and insecurity.

27 January 2022, UN Headquarters

Virtual remarks at United Nations Memorial Ceremony marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Excellencies, Dear friends, 

We come together – albeit virtually – to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  

I am deeply grateful to the survivors who will share their testimonies today.  

Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka – these names have become emblematic of the unprecedented cruelty and horror of the Holocaust.  

Were we to observe a minute of silence for each victim, that silence would last more than eleven years. 

26 January 2022, Security Council

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on Afghanistan

Mr. President, Excellencies,

Six months after the takeover by the Taliban, Afghanistan is hanging by a thread.

For Afghans, daily life has become a frozen hell.

They’re in the grips of another brutal winter of blistering wind, cold and snow.  

Families huddle in makeshift tents under plastic sheets – even burning their possessions to keep warm.

Clinics are overcrowded – and under-resourced.

Ambulances and hospital power generators are running dry because of skyrocketing fuel prices.