António Guterres - United Nations

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NEW May 23 2017
António Guterres has been quoted 78 times. The one recent article where António Guterres has been quoted is UN chief: drought-stricken Somalia 'hangs in the balance'. Most recently, António Guterres was quoted as having said, “Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential. Here in London we can tip the scales from danger to safety.”.
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Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people.feedback

Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energised so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.feedback

You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person.feedback

Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people. Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energized so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever U.N. Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.feedback

These events only prove how important this conference is, how important it is to bring together the international community to be able to put pressure on the parties of the conflict and on the countries that have influence on the parties of the conflict.feedback

The need for humanitarian aid and the protection of Syrian civilians has never been greater. The humanitarian appeal for a single crisis has never been higher. We have been asking for accountability on the crimes that have been committed and I am confident the Security Council will live up to its responsibilities.feedback

Behind these figures lies a gradual draining of hope and a turn toward despair that we must reverse.feedback

Nobody is winning this war, everybody is losing. It is having a detrimental and destabilizing effect on the entire region and it is providing a focus that is feeding the new threat of global terrorism.feedback

The horrific events of yesterday demonstrate that unfortunately war crimes are going on in Syria, that international humanitarian law remains being violated frequently.feedback

These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering, and we need more solidarity from the international community. There is a huge effort by the regional government, a huge effort by the NGOs, a huge effort by the UN agencies. This is the moment in which the international community needs to express deep solidarity with Iraq.feedback

These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering.feedback

We don't have the resources necessary to support these people. Unfortunately our program is only 8 percent funded.feedback

We need to have more women in government, in the municipalities, in the administration, in the companies. Insha'Allah (God willing) with peace in Syria, you will be able to be very useful for your country.feedback

Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC in order to help bring peace to the country and its people. We will honor their memory by continuing to support the invaluable work of the Group of Experts and the whole UN family in the DRC.feedback

In case of criminal acts, the United Nations will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done.feedback

Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC (Congo) in order to help bring peace to the country and its people. We hope that we could continue to send experts to do their necessary monitoring activities wherever they need to go. Of course, that needs to be undertaken with full respect and understanding of the security condition on the ground.feedback

Atrocity crimes have occurred with impunity, and the potential for serious deterioration remains very real.feedback

No such force, and no amount of diplomacy, can substitute for the lack of political will among those who govern the country. There is a strong consensus that South Sudanese leaders need to do more to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the country's people, who are among the poorest in the world.feedback

You have seen nationalism coming back. You have seen different forms of irrationality coming back.feedback

It is difficult to explain to a country like Kenya that has more than 500,000 refugees that they should go on accepting this large number of refugees, seeing the kind of measures that the United States or that several European countries are taking.feedback

Seeing these people, what I feel above all is an enormous sense of duty to minimize as much as possible this kind of suffering and to fight to create the conditions for this suffering not to happen.feedback

I fully recognize that no magic wand exists to end the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. Nevertheless, I believe that we can dramatically improve how the United Nations addresses this scourge. We will not allow the behavior of anyone who exploits the vulnerable and destroys lives to soil our reputations, diminish our contributions, sow disillusion among our champions or undermine our values. We must break down excuses and end impunity.feedback

We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare.feedback

The rights of refugees and migrants are under attack. Human trafficking is on the rise. And with so many people escaping war, the international community must not escape its responsibilities.feedback

We must forcibly resist calls to reinstate torture. Torture is cowardly, produces no usable information and shames every country that inflicts it.feedback

Despite some generous pledges, just $90 million has actually been received so far. We are in the beginning of the year but these numbers are very worrying. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy.feedback

Peace is only possible when none of the parties to the conflict think they can win. I am not sure we are yet there in Syria. I am afraid some might still think, and I think it is a total illusion, that they might win that war, so I am not optimistic about the short-term solution for the Syria crisis.feedback

Ambassador Churkin served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation with distinction through some of the most challenging and momentous periods of recent history.feedback

There is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a two-state solution. ... Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.feedback

There is no alternative solution for the situation between the Palestinians and Israelis, other than the solution of establishing two states, and we should do all that can be done to maintain this.feedback

The U.N. needs to be able to act with impartiality in all circumstances and cannot be biased in favor of anybody.feedback

I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important. Let's do everything possible to make this relationship a constructive relationship. Having said so, we need to respect our values and we need to make sure a multilateral approach to global problems is valued.feedback

African nations are among the world's largest and most generous hosts of refugees. African borders remain open for those who need protection, when so many borders are being closed even in some of the most developed countries in the world.feedback

These statements by key officials in charge of defense and security shed doubt on the (government's) actual willingness to actively cooperate with the deployment and operationalization of the force, unless credible pressure is applied by the council and the region to support it.feedback

This is the moment in which we need to assert the value of multilateralism. This is the moment in which we need to recognise that only global solutions can address global problems and that the UN is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach.feedback

On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first. Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences. From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and respect across political divides. From ceasefires on the battlefield, to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions. Peace must be our goal and our guide.feedback

Today's paradox is that despite greater connectivity, societies are becoming more fragmented. More and more people live within their own bubbles, unable to appreciate their links with the whole human family.feedback

China can play a very important role in the diplomacy for peace that the world badly needs today.feedback

In a world where so many rights are not respected, to make sure that there is an effective combination in human rights, of the civil and political rights and the economic and social rights in a balanced way.feedback

The dramatic problems of today's complex world can only inspire a humble approach, one in which the secretary-general alone neither has all the answers nor seeks to impose his views, one in which the secretary-general makes his good offices available working as a convener, a mediator a bridge-builder and an honest broker to help find solutions that benefit everyone involved.feedback

We must make sure that we are able to break this alliance between all those terrorist groups, or violent extremists on one side, and the expressions of populism and xenophobia on the other side.feedback

It's absolutely essential not only to go on responding to the big emergencies that unfortunately are multiplying in the world, where power relations become unclear, and unpredictability and impunity become the name of the game, but we need to remember all those that nobody talks about.feedback

We do not want more refugees, we want to avoid refugees being created and for that, peace is essential. In today's world, we need a surge of diplomacy for peace because obviously we see this multiplication of conflicts and we see that the international community seems powerless in trying to stop them.feedback

An essential part of this is to convince the potential recruits of terrorist organisations that that is not the way to express their own anger or their own concerns or their own perspectives.feedback

The more it is said or the more it is done in hostility to Syrian refugees because they are Muslims, the more the chances for (Islamic State) and other groups to recruit within the borders of European countries people to do the kind of nasty things we are now witnessing.feedback

When people say they cannot receive Syrian refugees because they are Muslims, those that say it are supporting terrorist organisations and allowing them to be much more effective in recruitment of people.feedback

We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.feedback

This only demonstrates how important it is to have a robust rescue as sea mechanism, in the central Mediterranean, unfortunately Mare Nostrum was never replaced by an equivalent capacity to rescue people.feedback

The decline in people drowning over the past two months is encouraging; a sign that with the right policy, backed by an effective operational response, it is possible to save more lives at sea.feedback

I think these measures should make the international community enhance in a very meaningful way the support to host countries, including Lebanon in this case, in order to help them cope with this enormous challenge.feedback

We are facing what I really consider the most dangerous crisis for global peace and security since the Second World War.feedback

There is a general sense of impunity. Conflicts emerge, dramatic violations of human rights appear and the international community has lost much of its capacity to prevent conflicts and solve them (in a timely way).feedback

The Lebanese people have shown striking generosity, but are struggling to cope. Lebanon hosts the highest concentration of refugees in recent history. We cannot let it shoulder this burden alone.feedback

It's not so difficult to define what needs to be done. It's a matter of goodwill, leadership and initiative – of those political leaders who really have an influence in the way things can develop in relation to the Syria crisis.feedback

You can imagine that what is happening today in Lebanon, if it were in a country like Germany, would mean the equivalent of 18 million refugees, in the United States it would be 56 million refugees. This is the extent of the problem, so obviously massive support is needed for the Lebanese people and massive support is need for the Syrian refugees.feedback

In these circumstances, the most important contribution a country can give to this humanitarian drama is to keep the borders open for those in need of protection.feedback

These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them.feedback

It represents what the Americans spend on ice-creams in 32 days. It represents what German drivers spend on petrol in six weeks. I don't recall any bailout of any average dimension bank in the western world that has not cost five, six, seven or 10 times more.feedback

I think that what is very important to underline is that we have now 250,000 refugees from Mali. With an enormous level of suffering and deprivation, they have crossed the borders of very poor countries that face dramatic food security problems: Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.feedback

Here, on the outskirts of the Somali refugee camp of Dadaab, we have the poorest of the poor, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the world.feedback

All the Libyans are saying the Somalis are mercenaries. It's killing me.feedback

There are detention circumstances that are appalling and there is an effective risk that people that deserve and need protection will be sent back to their countries of origin.feedback

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