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Statement of the Secretary-General on wildfires in Portugal

I am shocked and horrified by the many lives claimed by today’s devastating fires that hit the Pedrógão Grande region of Portugal.

Earlier today, I spoke with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the Prime Minister, António Costa, to express my deep sadness and condolences to the Portuguese Government and people.

I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. At this time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.

I commend the Government, firefighters, emergency responders and civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to battle the wildfire and help people in need. The United Nations stands ready to assist in any way possible.

18 June 2017

UN Secretary-General’s Message for World Oceans Day 2017

“Our Oceans, Our Future”

The oceans make our home a blue planet. The oceans regulate climate, generate oxygen, and provide ecosystem services, energy and minerals. The life teeming below their surfaces and along the shorelines is a source of food and medicines. Oceans connect all of us, linking people and nations in cultural ties, and they are essential for sharing goods and services across the world. The importance of our oceans to every single living being on our planet cannot be overstated. Today, we celebrate all that the oceans give us, and reaffirm our commitment to being good stewards.

On this World Oceans Day, we look to the future. Caring for, and using, our oceans in sustainable ways is critical to achieve ecological and economic goals for communities everywhere. However, the future of our oceans is burdened by numerous threats – such as climate change and ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable and destructive fishing practices, – and the lack of capacities to address these threats. As a group of some 600 experts from around the world reported recently in the first World Ocean Assessment, the impact of human activities on the oceans has increased dramatically, particularly the cumulative impacts, and the oceans’ carrying capacity is near, or at its limit.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious framework which, together, we will use to address these threats and improve people’s lives. The World Oceans Day provides an important opportunity to advocate for a sustainable future. Ready to launch a call for action, governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society have gathered this week at the United Nations Headquarters for a high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Looking forward, the conservation and sustainable use of oceans can be achieved only if we manage to address effectively the threats that oceans face. This requires collaboration at all levels and across many sectors. Our future will thus be determined by our collective resolve to share information and find solutions to common problems. By going forward together, we can ensure that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.

UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage

Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate. More

Attacks in London

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in London last night. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a swift recovery. He hopes that those responsible for this unjustifiable violence will be quickly found and brought to justice.

The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and the Government of the United Kingdom as they fight terrorism and violent extremism. This is a struggle in many parts of the globe that compels the international community to join up efforts to bring to justice those who use such inhuman tactics while also protecting and promoting the fundamental values, rights and principles that terrorists so fervently seek to undermine.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 4 June 2017

Secretary-General’s Statement

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders
to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organisations.

This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:

  • that is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based
  • that triggers widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organisations we all want to fight against;
  • blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.

I am also particularly concerned by the decisions that around the world have been undermining the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. Refugees fleeing conflict
and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law.

31 January 2017

Importance Of Inclusive and Sustainable Development In Sustaining Peace

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the importance of recognising the links between sustainable development and sustaining peace, as the world strives to tackle rising inequality and protracted conflicts. Mr. Guterres was speaking during a high-level dialogue on building sustainable peace for all, held on Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. Read more on http://bit.ly/2jP6S2R