UN Affairs

UN staff must be protected, as they undertake life-saving work, Guterres says on International Day

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on all countries to support the international treaty protecting UN staff and associated personnel, to ensure all those who carry out the vital work of the Organization have the safety they need to fulfill their mission. 

Secretary-General appoints Jean Arnault as his personal envoy on Afghanistan

The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday announced the appointment of seasoned mediator Jean Arnault as his new Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues, reflecting the Organization’s continued commitment to the peaceful resolution to the decades-long conflict in the country. 

‘Some light at the end of the tunnel’ as pandemic turns one - Guterres

After 12 months where the world has faced “a tsunami of suffering”, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines represents “some light at the end of the tunnel” said the UN chief on Thursday, marking the anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing its pandemic alert.

Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope, UN chief tells General Assembly

Following an “annus horribilis” of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN’s 193 Member States on Thursday. 

Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons

The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday, hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating ‘vaccinationalism'

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic’s deadly impact.

Guterres to seek second five-year term as UN Secretary-General

António Guterres confirmed on Monday that he will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.

UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly

In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today’s challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

UN mourns ‘legendary’ official: Sir Brian Urquhart dies at 101 

 From the Congo to the Middle East, UN icon Sir Brian Urquhart was at the “centre of formative global events”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Sunday, paying tribute to the legendary staff member who died yesterday at the age of 101.  

General Assembly approves $3.2 billion UN budget for 2021

United Nations Member States, on Thursday, approved $3.231 billion to fund the global Organization’s regular budget for 2021.