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Secretary-General Statements

19 Apr 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
Ladies and gentlemen of the media. Thank you very much for your presence.   I have no doubt that this first conference between the African Union Commission and the United Nations Secretariat represents a landmark in our cooperation.  
18 Apr 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
[Bilingual version, as delivered; scroll further down for all-English version]   I thank the United States presidency for convening this important meeting.  We are all aware that large-scale human rights violations cause terrible suffering and undermine prospects for sustainable peace and reconciliation.  Healing these wounds is always a difficult and painful process. Yet that responsibility grows with each new instance of mass killings, displacement, and sexual violence.  
6 Apr 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
[Bilingual version, as delivered] United Nations peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security, and prosperity. Around the world, the Blue Helmets are the concrete expression of the Charter’s determination “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”  The achievements of peace operations are a source of great pride to us all. When they fail, it causes us pain and drives us to improve. 
23 Mar 2017
I thank His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, for his presence here today for this important meeting on South Sudan. 
15 Feb 2017 | Cairo University
Honourable President of the Cairo University,  Honourable Ministers,  Excellencies,  Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me say first of all, how grateful I am for this invitation to be here in the same university as one of my predecessor, that I so much admire, Boutros Ghali, as it was said by the honourable Minister, and in a country, Egypt, that is one of the pillars of multilateralism in today’s world. 
30 Jan 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union, Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Excellencies, All protocol observed, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to be with you. I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.
30 Jan 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence. I am extremely happy with the results of my contacts during this African Union Summit. I think we have created the conditions to establish a new higher platform of cooperation between the African Union and the UN.
18 Jan 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York
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.  
12 Jan 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.    I want, first of all, to pay tribute to the extraordinary statesmanship, to the courage and to the determination of Mr. [Nicos] Anastasiades and Mr. [Mustafa] Akıncı, who for 20 months have been conducting in a very determined way a dialogue aiming at creating the conditions to allow for Cyprus to be able to be again a country united, living in normal conditions for its people.