Antonio Guterres

Let’s Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, Before They Eliminate Us

When UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on the successful conclusion of their first meeting in Vienna, his warning was dead on target. “Let’s eliminate these weapons before they…

More than 200 million children in need of help to study

The number of children affected by crises and in need of urgent education assistance is rising at an alarming rate, from 75 million in 2016 to 222 million today, the United Nations education in emergencies fund warned on Tuesday 21.…

1st TPNW Conference of States Parties: a new opportunity for Spain to show its commitment to nuclear disarmament

After several postponements, the first Conference of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will take place in Vienna from 21 to 23 June 2022. The current situation caused by the war in Ukraine and…

China Pulls Itself Out of Poverty 100 Years Into Its Revolution

On February 25, 2021, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that his country of 1.4 billion people had pulled its people out of poverty as it is defined internationally. Since 1981, 853 million Chinese people have lifted themselves out of poverty…

A Three-Day Event in Italy to Set the Stage for UN Food Systems Summit

By Jaya Ramachandran Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the Pre-Summit of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit from July 19 to July 21 will bring together worldwide efforts and contributions aiming…

UN debates on women’s participation and leadership

The UN debates on the participation of women in public life and in decision-making at different levels in the 65 period of sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to run until March 26th. The importance of…

Taking Action to Repair Our World

By Ramu Damodaran The writer is Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted in the Department of Global Communications. This OpEd first appeared in the #WhyWeCare, @ImpactUN on February 5. “Nostalgia for the present“ is a phrase I once heard…

The Nuclear Weapon States Urged to Advance Disarmament

By Bernhard Schell The upcoming Review Conference (postponed to August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is expected to be characterised by deep divisions among the nuclear-weapon states (NWS), and between them and the non-nuclear-weapon states…

Let Us Make 2021 a Year of Healing!

The following is the text of 2021 United Nations New Year’s message delivered by Secretary-General António Guterres. 2020 has been a year of trials, tragedies and tears. COVID-19 upended our lives and plunged the world into suffering and grief. So…

UN chief commends ‘swift action’ by Nigerian authorities as more than 300 boys are reunited with their families

The UN chief on Friday welcomed the release of more than 300 schoolboys forcibly taken from their school in northwest Nigeria a week ago, although others reportedly remain missing. After the release of the boys kidnapped by armed men from…

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