António Guterres - United Nations

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I have not yet lost my hope that what is happening will be making those that are still skeptical about climate change to be more and more realizing that this, indeed, is a major threat for the international community at the present moment.feedback
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Oct 04 2017 Climate change
António Guterres has been quoted 131 times. The one recent article where António Guterres has been quoted is U.N. chief hopes storms will sway climate skeptics like Trump. Most recently, António Guterres was quoted as having said, “I remember when Jordan and Lebanon were impacted by huge refugee inflows. They were finally entitled to receive concessional loans by the World Bank because of the fact that they had these huge external shocks. I think we are facing a similar situation.”.
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António Guterres quotes

Sep 18 2017 - United Nations

Our shared objective is a 21st century U.N. focused more on people and less on process. Value for money while advancing shared values – that is our common goal.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

All the efforts I've been making until now are in the direction of trying to create conditions for the relationship between the United States and the United Nations to be a constructive relationship.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - United Nations

The solution can only be political. Military action could cause devastation on a scale that would take generations to overcome.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Iran

This agreement is a very important agreement. It contributed to an important de-escalation at the moment, and it is a factor of stability. And it's my opinion that all parties should do everything possible for this agreement to be preserved.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Rohingya

We are very much active in relation to the Rohingya crisis but unfortunately it has not been easy because the government of Myanmar until now has been completely deaf to our requests. We are troubled.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - United Nations

When one third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?feedback

Sep 13 2017 - Lebanon

The last official letter sent by the secretary general to the security council on an issue was in 1989 about Lebanon.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - Nuclear weapons

I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country. Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?feedback

Sep 13 2017 - Burma

This is a dramatic tragedy. People are dying and suffering at horrible numbers and we need to stop it. That is my main concern.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Burma

We are facing a risk, I hope we don't get there.feedback

Sep 05 2017

But they are equally clear that such extreme weather is precisely what their models predict will be the new normal of a warming world. We are totally committed to the Paris agreement. We hope that all countries will understand that it's not only the right thing to do it's also the smart thing to do because the green economy is the economy of the future.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Syria conflict

The idea or the intention or the will to destroy the state of Israel is something totally unacceptable from my perspective.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Syria conflict

I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Syria conflict

I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Syria conflict

I believe that the horror of the Holocaust should be such that anti-Semitism should now be dead forever.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - United Nations

We consider that no pressure would lead to anything. There is technical work that is being conducted and, in the end, that will be presented to me. I will make the decision to what I think is the right thing to do.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

My good offices are always available – and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks. The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate.feedback

Aug 06 2017 - United Nations

Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality. The states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps in nuclear disarmament.feedback

Jul 08 2017

The empowerment of women is absolutely essential.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Cyprus

I would not want to isolate one issue in particular, it is obvious that the two delegations were still too wide apart regarding a certain number of issues, and this is why an agreement was not possible.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Cyprus

I'm very sorry to tell you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations and different parties ... the conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - United Nations

Unfortunately...an agreement was not possible and the conference was closed without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatically long-lasting problem. I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of the two communities and to wish the best to all Cypriots north and south. The conference is closed. That doesn't mean that other initiatives cannot be developed to address the Cyprus problem.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - United Nations

I call upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to avoid such ballistic missile launches, which have the potential to increase tensions.feedback

Jun 05 2017

Unless we overcome the territorial and resource interests that have blocked progress for far too long, the state of our oceans will continue to deteriorate. We must put aside short-term national gain to prevent long-term global catastrophe. Conserving our oceans and using them sustainable, sustainably, is preserving our life itself.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Climate change

Climate action is unstoppable and I urge governments around the world to stay the course, to remain committed to the implementation of the Paris agreement to the benefit of all of us.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement. If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it.feedback

May 31 2017

But even if (the) U.S. government decides to leave the Paris Agreement, it's very important for the U.S. societies as a whole – for the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses – to remain engaged with the Paris Agreement.feedback

May 31 2017

Yes, not everyone will move at the same pace or with equal vigour. But if any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course. If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it. On the other hand, those who embrace green technologies will set the gold standard for economic leadership in the 21st century. We believe that it will be important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris Agreement.feedback

May 31 2017

It's very simple, when you disagree with someone you try to convince them.feedback

May 31 2017 - Climate change

Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy. Yet what we are witnessing in these early years of a systemic response is the opposite.feedback

May 31 2017 - Trump Presidency

It would be very important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement.feedback

May 31 2017 - Syria conflict

If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course.feedback

May 30 2017 - United Nations

Sometimes this then has consequences and especially when everything is linked. If you leave a void to others to occupy you might be creating a problem (for) your own internal security.feedback

May 30 2017 - United Nations

We are doing our best in dialogue with the administration and Congress to make the U.S. understand that funding development aid, funding foreign policy in general, funding organizations like the U.N., is also in the interests of the American people. It's not only the Russias and the Chinas that are occupying the ground; if you look at Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the regional powers in many parts of the world - when the big powers leave some space they will occupy it.feedback

May 30 2017 - Climate change

It's very important for U.S. society as a whole – the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses – to remain engaged. Commitments so far could still see temperatures rise by 3 degrees or more. So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming.feedback

May 30 2017 - United Nations

Eighty percent of the world's energy still comes from fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal. We cannot phase out fossil fuels overnight. We have to engage the energy industry and governments to use fossil fuels as cleanly, sparingly and responsibly as possible, while transforming our energy systems. The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match. My door is open to all who wish to discuss the way forward, even those who might hold divergent perspectives.feedback

May 30 2017

If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it. Today, the economy and social aspects are linked to the environmental aspects, but they are also linked to the security aspects, they are linked to the risks of conflict. If you leave a void to others to occupy, you might be creating a problem to your own internal security. It's absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement and that we fulfill that duty with increased ambition.feedback

May 30 2017 - Trump Presidency

It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement – and that we fulfill that duty with increased ambition. The real danger is not the threat to one's economy that comes from acting. It is, instead, the risk to one's economy by failing to act.feedback

May 25 2017 - United Nations

These attacks are evidence of a broader trend: Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and health clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries. This goes against the spirit of the Geneva Conventions, the fundamental tenets of international humanitarian law, and our basic humanity.feedback

May 23 2017

Your leadership of @WHO will be crucial to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.feedback

May 11 2017 - United Nations

Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential. Here in London we can tip the scales from danger to safety.feedback

May 04 2017 - Yemen

Half a million children are now acute, severe malnourished. That is a euphemism for 'they are at the brink of dying from hunger'. That's half a million, really. That number is increasing. And it is not just in certain pockets of the country. It is happening in the north. It is happening in the west, east and in the south.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Russia

This means reopening and strengthening communication channels, particularly military to military, to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Syria conflict

In the Middle East, belligerents are breaking the norm against chemical weapons. The recent attack in Syria was a horrific reminder of the stakes. There can be no impunity for these crimes.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Yemen

On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every ten minutes. And this means fifty children in Yemen will die during today's conference, and all those deaths could have been prevented. We must act now, to save lives.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - IMF

I believe that that will happen in the near future.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Human Rights

The issue today is not that human rights violations undermine every aspect of our shared values and common work, but rather how the United Nations responds.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Human Rights

Human rights concerns are intrinsic to maintaining peace and security and essential to informing Security Council deliberations and decision-making.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - Libya

Armed groups from all sides continued to abduct, torture and kill civilians. In addition, ordinary crime was endemic, mainly owing to the state of general lawlessness and the weakness of judicial institutions.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - United Nations

Let us declare in one voice: We will not tolerate anyone committing or condoning sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not let anyone cover up these crimes with the U.N. flag.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energised so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Nobel Prize

You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - United Nations

Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people. Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energized so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever U.N. Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.feedback

Apr 05 2017

These events only prove how important this conference is, how important it is to bring together the international community to be able to put pressure on the parties of the conflict and on the countries that have influence on the parties of the conflict.feedback

Apr 05 2017

The need for humanitarian aid and the protection of Syrian civilians has never been greater. The humanitarian appeal for a single crisis has never been higher. We have been asking for accountability on the crimes that have been committed and I am confident the Security Council will live up to its responsibilities.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Behind these figures lies a gradual draining of hope and a turn toward despair that we must reverse.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Terrorism

Nobody is winning this war, everybody is losing. It is having a detrimental and destabilizing effect on the entire region and it is providing a focus that is feeding the new threat of global terrorism.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Syria conflict

The horrific events of yesterday demonstrate that unfortunately war crimes are going on in Syria, that international humanitarian law remains being violated frequently.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Mosul conflict

These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering, and we need more solidarity from the international community. There is a huge effort by the regional government, a huge effort by the NGOs, a huge effort by the UN agencies. This is the moment in which the international community needs to express deep solidarity with Iraq.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Mosul conflict

These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - United Nations

We don't have the resources necessary to support these people. Unfortunately our program is only 8 percent funded.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Syria conflict

We need to have more women in government, in the municipalities, in the administration, in the companies. Insha'Allah (God willing) with peace in Syria, you will be able to be very useful for your country.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Congo

Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC in order to help bring peace to the country and its people. We will honor their memory by continuing to support the invaluable work of the Group of Experts and the whole UN family in the DRC.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - United Nations

In case of criminal acts, the United Nations will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Congo

Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC (Congo) in order to help bring peace to the country and its people. We hope that we could continue to send experts to do their necessary monitoring activities wherever they need to go. Of course, that needs to be undertaken with full respect and understanding of the security condition on the ground.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Haiti

It is time, therefore, to refocus our strategy.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Sudan

No such force, and no amount of diplomacy, can substitute for the lack of political will among those who govern the country. There is a strong consensus that South Sudanese leaders need to do more to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the country's people, who are among the poorest in the world.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - United Nations

You have seen nationalism coming back. You have seen different forms of irrationality coming back.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Refugees

It is difficult to explain to a country like Kenya that has more than 500,000 refugees that they should go on accepting this large number of refugees, seeing the kind of measures that the United States or that several European countries are taking.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - United Nations

Seeing these people, what I feel above all is an enormous sense of duty to minimize as much as possible this kind of suffering and to fight to create the conditions for this suffering not to happen.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - United Nations

I fully recognize that no magic wand exists to end the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. Nevertheless, I believe that we can dramatically improve how the United Nations addresses this scourge. We will not allow the behavior of anyone who exploits the vulnerable and destroys lives to soil our reputations, diminish our contributions, sow disillusion among our champions or undermine our values. We must break down excuses and end impunity.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Somalia

We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - Refugees

The rights of refugees and migrants are under attack. Human trafficking is on the rise. And with so many people escaping war, the international community must not escape its responsibilities.feedback

Feb 27 2017

We must forcibly resist calls to reinstate torture. Torture is cowardly, produces no usable information and shames every country that inflicts it.feedback

Feb 22 2017 - Sudan

Despite some generous pledges, just $90 million has actually been received so far. We are in the beginning of the year but these numbers are very worrying. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy.feedback

Feb 22 2017 - Syria conflict

Peace is only possible when none of the parties to the conflict think they can win. I am not sure we are yet there in Syria. I am afraid some might still think, and I think it is a total illusion, that they might win that war, so I am not optimistic about the short-term solution for the Syria crisis.feedback

Feb 20 2017

Ambassador Churkin served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation with distinction through some of the most challenging and momentous periods of recent history.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - Palestine

There is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a two-state solution. ... Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - United Nations

There is no alternative solution for the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis, other than the solution of establishing two states, and we should do all that can be done to maintain this.feedback

Feb 13 2017 - United Nations

The U.N. needs to be able to act with impartiality in all circumstances and cannot be biased in favor of anybody.feedback

Feb 13 2017 - Multilateralism

I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important. Let's do everything possible to make this relationship a constructive relationship. Having said so, we need to respect our values and we need to make sure a multilateral approach to global problems is valued.feedback

Jan 30 2017 - Refugees

African nations are among the world's largest and most generous hosts of refugees. African borders remain open for those who need protection, when so many borders are being closed even in some of the most developed countries in the world.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Sudan

These statements by key officials in charge of defense and security shed doubt on the (government's) actual willingness to actively cooperate with the deployment and operationalization of the force, unless credible pressure is applied by the council and the region to support it.feedback

Jan 13 2017 - Greece

"We are coming very close to what is the settlement,". "You cannot expect miracles of immediate solutions, we are not looking for a quick fix. We are looking for a solid, sustainable solution.".feedback

Jan 04 2017 - Multilateralism

This is the moment in which we need to assert the value of multilateralism. This is the moment in which we need to recognise that only global solutions can address global problems and that the UN is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach.feedback

Jan 01 2017

On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first. Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences. From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and respect across political divides. From ceasefires on the battlefield, to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions. Peace must be our goal and our guide.feedback

Jan 01 2017

Today's paradox is that despite greater connectivity, societies are becoming more fragmented. More and more people live within their own bubbles, unable to appreciate their links with the whole human family.feedback

Nov 28 2016

China can play a very important role in the diplomacy for peace that the world badly needs today.feedback

Nov 28 2016 - United Nations

In a world where so many rights are not respected, to make sure that there is an effective combination in human rights, of the civil and political rights and the economic and social rights in a balanced way.feedback

Oct 13 2016

It's high time to fight for peace.feedback

Oct 13 2016

The dramatic problems of today's complex world can only inspire a humble approach, one in which the secretary-general alone neither has all the answers nor seeks to impose his views, one in which the secretary-general makes his good offices available working as a convener, a mediator a bridge-builder and an honest broker to help find solutions that benefit everyone involved.feedback

Oct 13 2016 - Populism

We must make sure that we are able to break this alliance between all those terrorist groups, or violent extremists on one side, and the expressions of populism and xenophobia on the other side.feedback

Oct 06 2016

It's absolutely essential not only to go on responding to the big emergencies that unfortunately are multiplying in the world, where power relations become unclear, and unpredictability and impunity become the name of the game, but we need to remember all those that nobody talks about.feedback

Dec 22 2015 - Refugees

We do not want more refugees, we want to avoid refugees being created and for that, peace is essential. In today's world, we need a surge of diplomacy for peace because obviously we see this multiplication of conflicts and we see that the international community seems powerless in trying to stop them.feedback

Jul 12 2015

An essential part of this is to convince the potential recruits of terrorist organisations that that is not the way to express their own anger or their own concerns or their own perspectives.feedback

Jul 12 2015 - Refugees

The more it is said or the more it is done in hostility to Syrian refugees because they are Muslims, the more the chances for (Islamic State) and other groups to recruit within the borders of European countries people to do the kind of nasty things we are now witnessing.feedback

Jul 12 2015 - Refugees

When people say they cannot receive Syrian refugees because they are Muslims, those that say it are supporting terrorist organisations and allowing them to be much more effective in recruitment of people.feedback

Jun 17 2015

We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.feedback

Apr 16 2015

This only demonstrates how important it is to have a robust rescue as sea mechanism, in the central Mediterranean, unfortunately Mare Nostrum was never replaced by an equivalent capacity to rescue people.feedback

Feb 07 2015

The decline in people drowning over the past two months is encouraging; a sign that with the right policy, backed by an effective operational response, it is possible to save more lives at sea.feedback

Jan 07 2015 - Lebanon

I think these measures should make the international community enhance in a very meaningful way the support to host countries, including Lebanon in this case, in order to help them cope with this enormous challenge.feedback

Jan 07 2015 - Lebanon

We are facing what I really consider the most dangerous crisis for global peace and security since the Second World War.feedback

Jun 20 2014 - Human Rights

There is a general sense of impunity. Conflicts emerge, dramatic violations of human rights appear and the international community has lost much of its capacity to prevent conflicts and solve them (in a timely way).feedback

Apr 03 2014 - Lebanon

The Lebanese people have shown striking generosity, but are struggling to cope. Lebanon hosts the highest concentration of refugees in recent history. We cannot let it shoulder this burden alone.feedback

Jan 24 2014

It's not so difficult to define what needs to be done. It's a matter of goodwill, leadership and initiative – of those political leaders who really have an influence in the way things can develop in relation to the Syria crisis.feedback

Nov 29 2013

You can imagine that what is happening today in Lebanon, if it were in a country like Germany, would mean the equivalent of 18 million refugees, in the United States it would be 56 million refugees. This is the extent of the problem, so obviously massive support is needed for the Lebanese people and massive support is need for the Syrian refugees.feedback

Aug 29 2013 - Lebanon

In these circumstances, the most important contribution a country can give to this humanitarian drama is to keep the borders open for those in need of protection.feedback

Jun 19 2013

These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them.feedback

Jun 07 2013

It represents what the Americans spend on ice-creams in 32 days. It represents what German drivers spend on petrol in six weeks. I don't recall any bailout of any average dimension bank in the western world that has not cost five, six, seven or 10 times more.feedback

Aug 03 2012

I think that what is very important to underline is that we have now 250,000 refugees from Mali. With an enormous level of suffering and deprivation, they have crossed the borders of very poor countries that face dramatic food security problems: Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.feedback

Jul 10 2011

Here, on the outskirts of the Somali refugee camp of Dadaab, we have the poorest of the poor, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the world.feedback

Mar 10 2011 - Tunisia

All the Libyans are saying the Somalis are mercenaries. It's killing me.feedback

Sep 22 2009

There are detention circumstances that are appalling and there is an effective risk that people that deserve and need protection will be sent back to their countries of origin.feedback

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