Category Archives: Secretary-General message

Secretary-General’s message on International Day for Eradication of Poverty

By | 17 October 2019

17 October 2019: Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first. This year’s observance focuses on “acting together… Read More »

Secretary-General’s message on World Habitat Day

By | 7 October 2019

7 October 2019: World Habitat Day highlights the central role our cities and communities play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Well-planned and smartly managed cities can steer us towards inclusive growth and low-emission development.   At the same time, rapid and unplanned urbanization can generate or exacerbate many challenges, including the climate crisis.    This year’s… Read More »

Let us keep ‘their spirit of service alive’: Guterres leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash

By | 12 March 2019

United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honor the more than 150 people killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, including at least 21 UN workers. Speaking to delegates attending the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday morning, the UN… Read More »

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed more than 150, including 19 UN staff

By | 11 March 2019

An Ethiopian Airlines fight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives” , as reports emerged that UN staff were also among the dead.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana; Guterres hails ‘exceptional global leader’

By | 14 September 2018

Like few today, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal”, said the current UN chief, António Guterres on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana. “Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special,”… Read More »