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“The U.N. Cannot Succeed Alone. Partnership Must Continue To Be At the Heart of Our Strategy”
"The United Nations system has not yet done enough to prevent and respond to the appalling crimes of sexual violence and exploitation committed under the U.N. flag against those we are supposed to protect," said appointed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In his remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office, Guterres said: "I will work closely with Member States on struc-tural, legal and operational measures to make the zero-tolerance policy for which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has fought so hard to make a reality. "We must ensure transparency and accountability and...
Ex-Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Guterres Says, “The U.N. Must Be Ready to Change”
Antonio Guterres was sworn in on Dec. 12, 2016, as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, saying the world body must change to better confront global crises such as the war in Syria, according to the press release issued from the United Nations.
During a solemn ceremony at the General Assembly, the former Prime Minister of Portugal placed a hand on the U.N. charter and took the oath of office administered by the President of the U.N. General Assembly, Peter Thomson.
The first former head of government at the U.N helm, Guterres takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1 amid ...
“I Wish the New Secretary-General And all of Our Member States Peace, Prosperity and Every Success”
"Even as I prepare to leave, my heart will stay as it has since I was a child - right here with the United Nations," said Ban. In his farewell address to the General Assembly, outgoing Secretary-General Ban said, "The heart is greatly comforted knowing that I am passing the baton to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a man of integrity and principle." The following is the full text of the remarks by Secretary-General Ban to the General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Dec. 12, 2016. - Ed.
Thank you for your very kind words and for your trust. I am deeply moved by your tributes. Se...
“Tomorrow at Midnight, Everything Changes”
UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Dec. 30, 2016, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale. "I feel a bit like Cinderella. Tomorrow at midnight, everything changes!" he joked to staff and colleagues as he wrapped up a decade leading the United Nations.
On Jan. 1, 2017, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, 67, took over for Ban. Guterres is the first former head of government to lead the United Nations, succeeding Ban for a five-year term.
Ban, in a more serious vein, ...
Antonio Guterres Took the Reins of The U.N. on New Year’s Day
Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder," but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump, who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time.
The former Portuguese Prime Minister and U.N. refugee chief told reporters after being sworn-in as secretary-general on December 12 that he will engage all governments - "and, of course, also with the next government of the United States" - and show his willingness to cooperate on "the enormous challenges that w...