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UN Secretary-General’s Address to the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addressing the Opening of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Antonio Fiorente

Addis Ababa, 28 January 2018  [As delivered]

Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of
Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union,

Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,

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The Secretary-General and his Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour, launched his report on migration: Making Migration Work for All

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) and Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration, during the General Assembly’s meeting on Migration. UN Photo/Mark Garten

New York, 11 January 2018 : The report provides a vision for how to better manage migration, for the benefit of all – the migrants themselves, their host communities and their societies of origin. The General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to produce the report as an input to the zero draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and related inter-governmental negotiations.

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Op-ed article: Towards a new global compact on migration By António Guterres

Managing migration is one of the most profound challenges for international cooperation in our time.

Migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies.  Yet it is also a source of political tensions and human tragedies.  The majority of migrants live and work legally.  But a desperate minority are putting their lives at risk to enter countries where they face suspicion and abuse.

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Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

“Human Rights Day falls on 10 December every year, the day when, back in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the world’s most widely translated* and possibly most influential document – was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, itself just three years old at the time.”

“Thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.” Continue reading

The Secretary – General’s message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

29 November 2017 : The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on the Organization’s agenda.  Seventy years since the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 181, a sovereign and independent State of Palestine has yet to emerge alongside the State of Israel.  I remain convinced that the two-state solution recognized by that resolution is the only premise for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  The resolution of this conflict would also create momentum for greater stability throughout the region.

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The Deputy Secretary – General – The 15th Nelson Mandela Annual lecture “Centring Gender : Reducing Inequality through Inclusion and Sustainability

Cape Town, 25 November 2017

[salutations]

I am deeply grateful to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Board of Trustees for this tremendous honour.

As Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister in my country, I have been fortunate to experience many remarkable moments in my life, but few have been more humbling than standing before you today. The speakers who have come before me have all walked a path of courage, compassion and conviction they are truly a hard act to follow.

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