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U.N. chief deplores lack of ceasefire during virus

May 27, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Conflicts have continued to rage in Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere

CALL FOR CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite United Nations plea – aid group

May 22, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The Norwegian Refugee Council says its figures showed armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown

JAN EGELAND. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland gestures during an interview after a meeting on Yemen at EU Commission in the NGOs headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 13, 2020. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

U.N. chief says coronavirus sparked 'tsunami of hate and xenophobia'

May 08, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,' Antonio Guterres says

ANTONIO GUTERRES. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters on February 4, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Coronavirus world toll nears 200,000; U.N. pushes for global vaccine effort

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history,' says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

A picture taken on April 24, 2020, shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. STR / AFP

Using pandemic to erode human rights is 'unacceptable' – U.N. chief

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:59 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says: 'Civic space and press freedom are critical. Civil society organizations and the private sector have essential roles to play. And in all we do, let's never forget: The threat is the virus, not people.'

This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019, where a moment of silence was observed for those who lost their lives in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 10, 2019. - Flags flew at half-staff at the United Nations on Monday after 21 UN employees were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said marked a "sad day" for the world body. (Photo by Evan SCHNEIDER / UNITED NATIONS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS/EVAN SCHNEIDER/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.N. chief urges governments to protect women during virus lockdown

Apr 06, 2020 - 12:26 PM

'For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes,' UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says

ANTONIO GUTERRES. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters on February 4, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP)

As virus spreads, U.N. appeal for ceasefires gets worldwide positive response

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria move to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for ceasefire

LESS VIOLENCE. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.N. chief calls for 'immediate global ceasefire' amid pandemic

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:36 AM

(UPDATED) 'The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

CEASEFIRE? In this file photo, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters on February 4, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Recession risk calls for joint response – U.N. chief

Mar 16, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'No country can face it alone,' says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as the coronavirus 'infects' the global economy

MISSED OPPORTUNITY. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the international community lost an opportunity. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] Novel coronavirus: Shared responsibility for us all

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:01 PM

'This is a time for prudence, not panic. Science, not stigma. Facts, not fear.'

[OPINION] The gender power gap

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'How a society treats the female half of its population is a significant indicator of how it will treat others. Even in peaceful societies, many women are in deadly danger in their own homes.'

Human rights under assault worldwide – U.N. chief

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:42 PM

'People are being left behind. Fears are growing,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres, pointing to swelling divisions and political polarization in many countries.

HUMAN RIGHTS. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is seen on a TV screen addressing at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

Rich nations urged to do 'fair share' as global refugee meet begins

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:42 PM

'At this time of turbulence, the international community must do far more to shoulder this responsibility together,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM. A photo shows a genral view during the opening of the Global Refugee Forum, on December 17, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. chief 'disappointed' by climate talks outcome

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:19 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says 'the international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. chief says humanity's 'war against nature' must stop

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:06 PM

UN chief Antonio Guterres' comments are clearly aimed at the handful of countries responsible for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions, though he did not call them out by name

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. Guterres has made the fight against the climate crisis one of his top priorities this year for the UN, which hosts world leaders next week for the UN General Assembly. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

U.N. may run out of money by end of the month – Guterres

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a letter intended for the 37,000 employees at the UN secretariat, Guterres says unspecified 'additional stop-gap measures' would have to be taken to ensure salaries and entitlements are paid

WARNING. UN Secretary General António Guterres speaking at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

United Nations chief hopes to maintain 'momentum' in Western Sahara talks

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Antonio Guterres praises the progress made by the UN's former special envoy, Horst Kohler, who left the position in May for health reasons

ANTONIO GUTERRES. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 2, 2019. File photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

De Lima: U.N. support for rights groups in PH 'indispensable'

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima also thanks United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for speaking out on her 'arbitrary' detention and attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. Rights groups protest violations of human rights seen under the Duterte administration. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. chief announces creation of constitutional committee on Syria

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The committee is to include 150 members – a third picked by the regime, another by the opposition, and the remaining third by the United Nations

TALKS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (C-R) meeting with United Nations special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen(C-L) in the Syrian capital Damascus on September 23, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050 – U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

PROTEST. Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Some 60 world leaders convene on Monday for a UN summit on 'climate emergency' aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

5-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:04 AM

The report 'highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change,' the Science Advisory Group writes

PLANET IN DANGER. A protester holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

From the streets to the summit: Young climate leaders mobilize at UN

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The UN invites some 500 young activists and entrepreneurs to join the first United Nations Youth Climate Summit

YOUTH IN THE UN. Greta Thunberg speaks while sitting with the other speakers at the event, (L-R) Komal Karishma Kumar, Wanjuhi Njoroge, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, and Bruno Rodriguez at the first ever United Nations Youth Climate Summit on September 21, 2019 in New York City.  Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Ahead of climate summit, United Nations chief demands 'positive' news

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The hope is that a 'very meaningful number of countries' announce their commitment to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050

ANTONIO GUTERRES. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on hurricane-hit Bahamas

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:51 AM

The tropical storm slows down relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas

HUMBERTO APPROACHES. A woman walks on the beach as a storm approaches in Nassau, Bahamas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.N. chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says the UN peacekeeping mission, the Congolese army, and national police 'will continue to work together to return peace and security to the region'

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/Shutterstock.com

U.N. 'paralysis' delaying justice for Khashoggi murder

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Agnes Callamard is a United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Special rapporteurs are independent experts who do not speak for the UN but report their findings to it.

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Rappler screengrab

U.N. chief rejects Yemen president's accusation of bias

May 26, 2019 - 9:04 PM

"I would like to assure you that every effort will be made to maintain the impartial stance that is expected of the United Nations," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa, today two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

'Save the Pacific to save the world,' urges U.N. chief

May 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Antonio Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change

CLIMATE. In this May 13, 2019 photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) speaks to the media after he attended a breakfast with youth climate change and environmental leaders chaired by James Shaw (R), New Zealand's minister for climate change. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

United Nations chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

May 16, 2019 - 3:18 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says Pacific islanders still needed help to deal with the fallout of nuclear testing

NUCLEAR LEGACY. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN chief meets Christchurch shooting victims, decries online hate

May 14, 2019 - 1:29 PM

'There is no room for hate speech – online or offline,' United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says

U.N. chief says world 'not on track' with climate change

May 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says 'political moves' to fight climate change 'seem to be fading'

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world's two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

U.N. chief urges ceasefire to avert 'bloody battle' for Tripoli

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's still time to stop,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in a closed session

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires a machine gun during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019.   Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

U.N. chief warns against rising anti-Muslim hatred

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:28 PM

His remarks come during a speech at Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, where he met Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb

ANTONIO GUTERRES. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech following a meeting with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost Islamic institution, in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 2, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

United Nations chief heads to Washington to plug peacekeeping budget hole

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:52 PM

The US cost-cutting has created a hole of about $220 million in this year's $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget

BUDGETING. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

United Nations mourns after 21 staff killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'A global tragedy has hit close to home – and the United Nations is united in grief,' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019. Photo by Evan Schneider/United Nations/AFP)

U.N. reaches aid warehouses on Yemen frontlines, seeks $4.2B

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have just received a piece of good news. Finally, it was possible for us to reach the Red Sea Mills,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

YEMEN AID. A general view shows the Red Sea Flour Mills on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as Yemeni pro-government forces continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 14, 2018. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing' – U.N. chief

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,' says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as he asks the US and Russia to preserve a crucial nuclear treaty

UN CHIEF. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses an assembly in Africa in February 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/ AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Ties between U.S., Russia and China 'dysfunctional' – U.N.

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The dysfunction is evident 'in the economy, but it is also true in the Security Council,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells the World Economic Forum in Davos

US, RUSSIA, CHINA. A file picture taken on January 25, 2012 shows participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting standing under a sign reading 'World Economic Forum' at the Congress Center in Davos. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'We are losing the race' on climate change – U.N. chief

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'In my opinion [climate change] is the most important global systemic threat in relation to the global economy,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

UN chief says Libya's militias should not run prisons

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In his report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Guatemala shuts down U.N. anti-corruption probe

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:18 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he 'strongly' rejected the decision, insisting the government abide by an international agreement in place since 2007

ANTI-CORRUPTION. In this file photo, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel attends a panel during the UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakesh on December 10, 2018. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. council regrets Somalia's decision to expel envoy

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Still, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres agrees to appoint a new envoy to replace Nicholas Haysom in Somalia

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed dug in his heels and said UN envoy Nicholas Haysom would remain persona non grata

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly know as Farmajo walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)