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UN Secretary-General on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will begin reinstating US sanctions.

I have consistently reiterated that the JCPOA represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.

It is essential that all concerns regarding the implementation of the Plan be addressed through the mechanisms established in the JCPOA. Issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments.

I call on other JCPOA participants to abide fully by their respective commitments under the JCPOA and on all other Member States to support this agreement.

New York
08 May 2018

Note to Correspondents On The Recent Chief Executives Board’s Session


At the UN system Chief Executives Board meeting in London,
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres led a special session on addressing
sexual harassment within the organizations of the United Nations system.

He reiterated that he was seriously concerned by all allegations of sexual
harassment at the United Nations and has made addressing this
issue a top priority.

Harassment of any kind offends the principles of what we stand for as an organization and undermines our core values and our work, he told the Chief Executives Board, composed of 31 Chief Executives of UN agencies, Funds and Programmes. He emphasized, once again, that sexual harassment has no place in the United Nations system and restated his personal commitment to uphold a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment.

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UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman on the Inter-Korean Summit

The Secretary-General applauds today’s truly historic Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea. Many around the world were moved by the powerful imagery of the two leaders coming together to advance harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Secretary-General salutes the courage and leadership that resulted in the important commitments and agreed actions outlined in the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. He counts on the parties to build on their first meeting and swiftly implement all agreed actions to further inter-Korean trust-building and reconciliation; sincere dialogue; and progress towards sustainable peace and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. He looks forward to these gains being consolidated and advanced at the Summit between the leaders of the United States and the DPRK expected to take place in the near future.

The Secretary-General pledges his commitment and readiness to further assist in these important processes.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 27 April 2018

At Security Council, UN Chief calls for ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities to prevent conflict, address root causes

Peacebuilding and sustaining peace require a more coherent United Nations strategy, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday. More.

Following airstrikes, UN chief warns against escalation over Syria

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people.

António Guterres made the appeal late on Friday evening just hours after the United States, France and Britain launched air strikes targeting sites associated with the country’s chemical weapons capabilities.

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Statement of the Secretary-General on Syria

I am outraged by the continued reports of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population. Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law.

The seriousness of the recent allegations requires a thorough investigation using impartial, independent and professional expertise. In that regard, I reaffirm my full support for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its Fact-Finding Mission in undertaking the required investigation into these allegations. The Fact-Finding Mission should be granted full access, without any restrictions or impediments to perform its activities.

The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld. I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue. I also encourage the Council to redouble its efforts to agree upon on a dedicated mechanism for accountability.

I stand ready to support such efforts.

Boao, People’s Republic of China, 10 April 2018

 

Statement: Spokesman for the Secretary-General

On the situation in Douma, Syria

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about renewed and intensive violence in Douma in Eastern Ghouta over the last 36 hours, following a period of relative calm. Reports include sustained airstrikes and shelling on Douma, killing of civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure, and attacks damaging several health facilities. There has also been shelling on Damascus city, reportedly killing civilians. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to cease fighting and restore the calm that had been in place, and adhere fully to Security Council resolution 2401 (2018). He reiterates there is no military solution to the conflict.

The Secretary-General is particularly alarmed by allegations that chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations in Douma. While the United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports, the Secretary-General notes that any use of chemical weapons, if confirmed, is abhorrent, and requires a thorough investigation.

It is critical that civilians be protected. The Secretary-General calls on all sides to ensure respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, including humanitarian access across Syria to all people in need, as per relevant Security Council resolutions.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 8 April 2018

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General

50th Anniversary Of The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King

The Secretary-General joins the United States and the world in celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was so tragically cut short 50 years ago.

Dr. King was one of the moral giants of the 20thcentury. He devoted his life to equality, justice, and non-violent social change. Decades after his death, he continues to inspire all those around the world who are struggling for human rights and human dignity in the face of oppression, discrimination and injustice. His advocacy and pronouncements against discrimination, and in favour of social justice, of global understanding and the virtues of diversity are more relevant today than ever.

The United Nations honored Dr. King for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other United Nations human rights instruments, awarding him posthumously the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978

As we remember Dr. King’s life, let us build on his legacy.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
4 April 2018