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.
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
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
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
REMARKS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY
FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
20 March 2018
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorates the Sharpeville massacre — the horrific killing of 69 people peacefully demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa.
The apartheid regime was based on institutionalized racial discrimination.
It was ultimately – and thankfully – consigned to history on the release from prison and accession to the presidency of Nelson Mandela, whose centennial we mark this year.
The memory of Sharpeville lives on in this annual UN observance, when we reaffirm our unequivocal rejection of all forms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance.
Sadly, these attitudes persist in countries and among communities around the world.
A stark and tragic example lies in the egregious treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Video message by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General,
on the occasion of International Women’s day 2018.
“Migration is an expanding global reality” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres maintains in his report released today. “The time for debating the need for cooperation in this field is past”, and “managing it is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation of our time.”
Making Migration Work for All, the report released to the UN General Assembly on 11 January 2018, is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The report offers the Secretary-General’s vision for constructive international cooperation, examining how to better manage migration, for the benefit of all – the migrants themselves, their host communities and their societies of origin.
Speech by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on “Counter-terrorism and human rights: winning the fight while upholding our values” at SOAS University of London, followed by a discussion with the audience.
Full remarks: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/s…
United Nations – Remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the High-level event at COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference – November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.
“…The catastrophic effects of climate change are upon us.
And the voice of small island State that are on the frontlines of the impact of climate change must the voice of us all.
In the battlefield, when the frontline is decimated, the whole army is lost. And the same would happen to the planet with climate change.
Floods, fires, extreme storms and drought are growing in intensity and frequency.
Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have been for 800,000 years.
Climate change is the defining threat of our time.
Our duty — to each other and to future generations — is to raise ambition.
We need to do more on five ambition action areas: emissions, adaptation, finance, partnerships and leadership.”
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