Epic geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology can jeopardize every aspect of our shared future. That is why commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won’t do. -- António Guterres, Remarks to the General Assembly on the Secretary-General's priorities for 2020, 22 January 2020.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2020-01-26
Nature is angry. And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature. -- António Guterres, Remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit, 23 September 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-29
After all, is it common sense to give trillions in hard-earned taxpayers’ money to the fossil fuel industry to boost hurricanes, spread tropical diseases, and heighten conflict? Is it common sense to build ever more coal plants that are choking our future? Is it common sense to reward pollution that kills millions with dirty air and makes it dangerous for people in cities around the world to sometimes even venture out of their homes? -- António Guterres, Remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit, 23 September 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-29
I have been more times a keynote speaker than a listener. That is one of the problems of world leaders: they talk too much and they listen too little. And, it is listening – it is in listening that we learn. -- António Guterres, Remarks to Youth Climate Summit, 21 September 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-29
Machines take their jobs. Traffickers take their dignity. Demagogues take their rights. Warlords take their lives. Fossil fuels take their future. -- António Guterres, Address to the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, 24 September 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-29
We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency. Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us. It is progressing even faster than the world’s top scientists have predicted. It is outpacing our efforts to address it. Climate change is running faster than what we are. -- António Guterres, Remarks to Climate Summit Preparatory Meeting, 30 June 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-01
The European Union has developed an exemplary partnership with the United Nations. But I would be blindsided not to acknowledge some setbacks, let alone a sweeping anxiety. This should probe our European conscience, reflected in its distinctive approach to science, freedom and history. After all, both the United Nations and the European Union are a legacy of the values of the Enlightenment, in my opinion, the most important European contribution to World Civilization. -- António Guterres, Address at the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the Unity of Europe, 30 May 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-06-02
As Secretary General of the United Nations now, I never felt so clearly the need of a strong and united Europe and this is my main message to you. If you want to avoid a new Cold War, if you want to avoid the confrontation of two blocks, probably with a slightly different composition than in the past, if you want to build a true multilateral order, we absolutely need a united and strong Europe as the fundamental pillar of a multilateral order based on the rule of law. -- António Guterres, Address at the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the Unity of Europe, 30 May 2019.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-06-02
We need you here, and we need you now. And we need you more than ever. I will be frank. Our world is a bit lost. Now, and I can recall my experience as a driver. I know men sometimes have difficulties recognizing when they get lost. We don’t like to admit it. We have trouble asking for directions and trouble even looking at a map. Well, the fact is that our world today needs direction, and I know you can help guide the way. -- António Guterres, Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March 2019
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-03-24
The best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear. It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks. António Guterres, Opening remarks at first press conference of 2019, 18 January 2019
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-27
If I had to select one sentence to describe the state of the world, I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are more and more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented, and if this is not reversed, it's a recipe for disaster. -- Antonio Guterres, Davos speech, 24 January 2019
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-27
So, today, I join you to express my admiration for the world’s human rights defenders who dedicate – and sometimes sacrifice – their lives demanding respect for economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. They are a diverse set of individuals and groups. Indigenous peoples defending their lands, traditions and the environment. Citizens groups saving migrants from drowning and exploitation. Humanitarian workers delivering life-saving aid to civilians caught up in conflict. Women fighting for participation in boardrooms and at peace tables. Lawyers advocating for the independence of judiciary. Trade union leaders pushing for decent jobs and a living wage. Journalists investigating disappearances and corruption. Campaigners protesting pollution and climate change. People of African descent standing up against racism and discrimination. Health workers looking for ways to improve treatment for HIV patients. All are defending and advocating for the rights, principles and values on which our Organization is built. -- Antonio Guterres, Remarks to General Assembly on human rights defenders, 18 December 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-03
(English below) Il y a 10 ans, en 2008, mourrait à l’âge de 110 ans le dernier combattant français connu de la Grande Guerre, M. Lazare Ponticelli. Chaque 11 novembre, M. Ponticelli, immigré italien, honorait la promesse faite à ses camarades tombés trop jeunes au combat. Il se rendait au monument aux morts pour penser à eux. A la toute fin de sa vie, il avait finalement accepté de témoigner dans les écoles. Et son témoignage commençait ainsi - et je cite: « D’abord, je n’ai jamais su pourquoi on se battait… » -- (In English) Ten years ago, in 2008, Mr. Lazare Ponticelli, the last known French veteran of the Great War, died at the age of 110. Every year on 11 November, Mr. Ponticelli, an Italian immigrant, honoured the promise he had made to his comrades who had died too young on the battlefield. He used to visit his local war memorial to remember them. Right at the end of his life, he had finally agreed to talk to schoolchildren about his experience. He always began with these words: “First of all, I never knew why we were fighting …” -- António Guterres, Address to the Paris peace forum, 11 November 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-12-02
La construction européenne (…) : « Too meaningful to fail ». (In English) The European project (…) : “Too meaningful to fail”, -- António Guterres, Address to the Paris peace forum, 11 November 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-12-02
(English below) Le deuxième défi est celui de la démographie et des migrations. Il a fallu du Big Bang jusqu’à 1820 pour atteindre le milliard d’habitants sur la terre. Aujourd’hui, nous approchons les 8 milliards d’habitants, et la moitié de la croissance de la population mondiale sera en Afrique. Dans un contexte de réchauffement climatique, d’inégalités et de conflits, les migrations resteront un phénomène durable. Il faut retrouver la raison dans ce débat sur les migrations. (In English) The second challenge is demography and migration. It took from the Big Bang until the year 1820 for the number of people on Earth to reach one billion. Today that number is approaching 8 billion, and half of the growth in the global population will be in Africa. In a context of climate change, inequalities and conflict, migration will remain an enduring phenomenon. -- António Guterres, Address to the Paris peace forum, 11 November 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-12-02
Despite the odds and the obstacles, we never give up. Extreme poverty is being reduced but we see inequality growing. Yet we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world. Climate change is moving faster than we are, but we don’t give up because we know that climate action is the only path. Human rights are being violated in so many places. But we don’t give up because we know respect for human rights and human dignity is a basic condition for peace. Conflicts are multiplying - people are suffering. But we don’t give up because we know every man, woman and child deserves a life of peace. -- Antonio Guterres, Message for United Nations Day, 24 October 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-11-03
I have asked you here to sound the alarm. Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat. -- Antonio Guterres, Remarks on climate change, 10 September 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-09-30
Far too many leaders have refused to listen. Far too few have acted with the vision the science demands. We see the results. -- Antonio Guterres, Remarks on climate change, 10 September 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-09-30
There is nothing to lose from acting; there is everything to gain. -- Antonio Guterres, Remarks on climate change, 10 September 2018
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Posted by Isabelle le 2018-09-30
I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples. “We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges. Our world is in trouble. People are hurting and angry. They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating. Societies are fragmented. Political discourse is polarized. Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide. We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace. And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace. We can restore trust and create a better world for all. -- Antonio Guterres, Address to the General Assembly, 19 September 2017
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Posted by Isabelle le 2017-09-23
Climate change is undeniable. Climate action is unstoppable. And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable. -- António Guterres, on Climate action, 30 May 2017
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Posted by Isabelle le 2017-06-25
Fear is driving the decisions of many people around the world. We must understand their anxieties and meet their needs, without losing sight of our universal values. It is time to reconstruct relations between people and leaders — national and international; time for leaders to listen and show that they care. -- United Nations Secretary General designate António Guterres, Remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office, 12 December 2016
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Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-06