Messages from the Secretary-General

New York, 21 November 2017   Good morning, your Excellencies, distinguished guests. Welcome to this High-Level Conference to mobilize support for reconstruction and resilience of countries and territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  I commend Caribbean Governments for their efforts in responding to these storms, for helping those affected, for demonstrating great regional solidarity, and for calling for this international high-level conference in support of reconstruction and resilience.  During my visits to Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, I saw a level of devastation that I have never witnessed before in my life. In Dominica, I saw a generation of development…
24 October 2017 Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality. Thank you.  Shokran.  Xie Xie.  Merci.  Spasibo.  Gracias.  Obrigado. António…
In recent months, the dangers posed by nuclear weapons have been forcefully driven home, making this event timelier than ever. We know that the horrific humanitarian and environmental consequences of the use of nuclear weapons would transcend national borders. As such, every State has a right to demand the elimination of these uniquely destructive weapons. This is why, for more than seventy years, nuclear disarmament has been a principled objective for the United Nations – from the very first General Assembly resolution to the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The only world that is safe from…