Category Archives: Secretary-General’s message

Statement attributable to Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the suicide-vehicle attack perpetrated against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism this morning in Gao.

The camp housed over 600 individuals designated by the three signatory parties to the peace agreement to start mixed patrols in Gao region. While the exact number of casualties remains to be confirmed, preliminary reports point out to dozens of dead and dozens of injured.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON APPOINT JEREMIAH KINGSLEY MAMABOLO OF SOUTH AFRICA ACTING JOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR DARFUR

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Continue reading

The Secretary-General Appeal for Peace New York, 1 January 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart.

How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.

No one wins these wars; everyone loses. Trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY, 18 December 2016

unflagThis has been another turbulent year for refugees and migrants.  We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations, leading to death, destruction and displacement.  We have witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.  And, to add insult to injury, we have witnessed the rise of populist movements that seek to alienate and expel migrants and refugees, and to blame them for various ills of society.

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UN Web TV Live streaming of taking of the oath by the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres – 12 December 2016

 

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TUNE IN – The event will start at 10:00am and end at 11:30am (estimated) New York time on Monday 12th December 2016.

Please find following the new direct links in all 6 Languages for the UN Web TV Live streaming of taking of the oath by the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres – 12 December 2016.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY , 5 DECEMBER 2016

unflagVolunteers work tirelessly to create a better future for all. They contribute to national well-being and show global solidarity at times of crisis.   We see this in action all over the world, most notably over the past year as volunteers have provided shelter and wide-ranging support to millions of refugees forced from their homes by armed conflict and persecution.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL – MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 3 December 2016

unflagTen years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.

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