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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Press Release : Managing migration is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time

New York, 11 January 2018
“Migration is an expanding global reality” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres maintains in his report released today. “The time for debating the need for cooperation in this field is past”, and “managing it is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation of our time.”

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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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Secretary-General New Year’s message

Dear friends around the world,

Happy New Year.

When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse.

On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal.  I am issuing an alert — a red alert for our world.

Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged.

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The Secretary – General – Message for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017

This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.

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