Secretary-General’s messages

UN Chief on the impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia

Video message by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia.


COVID-19 in an Urban World - UN Chief

Video message by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the launch of the Policy Brief: “COVID-19 in an Urban World”.


Secretary-General António Guterres on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter

"Today we face a global pandemic. Worldwide, people rightly raise their voices against racism. Confronting problems is a start. But we also have to solve them. We have a timeless guide to tackle our shared challenges & fix the world’s fragilities. That guide is the United Nations Charter." -- Secretary-General António Guterres on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter.


UN chief on World Environment Day 2020

Nature is sending us a clear message. We are harming the natural world – to our own detriment. Habitat degradation and biodiversity loss are accelerating. Climate disruption is getting worse. Fires, floods, droughts and superstorms are more frequent and damaging. Oceans are heating and acidifying, destroying coral ecosystems. And now, a new coronavirus is raging, undermining health and livelihoods. To care for humanity, we MUST care for nature. We need our entire global community to change course. Let’s rethink what we buy and use.


UN Chief on COVID-19 and people on the move

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on COVID-19 and People on the Move. COVID-19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods around the globe — hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. This is particularly true for millions of people on the move — such as refugees and internally displaced persons who are forced to flee their homes from violence or disaster, or migrants in precarious situations.


UN Secretary General at launch of Policy Brief on Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every aspect of our societies, revealing the extent of exclusion that the most marginalized members of society experience. Today, I would like to highlight how the pandemic is affecting the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities.


We are all in this Together Human Rights and COVID-19 Response

"By respecting human rights in this time of crisis, we will build more effective and inclusive solutions for the emergency of today and the recovery for tomorrow." UN Secretary-General António Guterres launches new report on coronavirus and human rights.


UN Secertary-General António Guterres on the Verified initiative

The world can only contain COVID19 and its impacts if every person has access to accurate, reliable information. That’s down to all of us.


UN Secretary-General on Mental Health during COVID19

After decades of neglect and underinvestment in mental health services, the COVID19 pandemic is now hitting families and communities with additional mental stress. We must help them and stand by them." -- UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Secretary General on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2020

"Journalists and media workers are crucial to helping us make informed decisions. As the world fights the #COVID19 pandemic, those decisions can make the difference between life and death."


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