At G20 Summit, Secretary-General pushes for global cooperation and climate action

In remarks to the press upon arrival in Buenos Aires on Thursday for the G20 Summit, the Secretary-General highlighted the “high level of mistrust” between peoples and institutions and said that support for the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals was needed more than ever.  The day before at UN Headquarters, he stressed the need for G20 leaders to advance progress towards a fair globalization and to accelerate action to address the growing threat of climate change.  On Friday, the first official day of the Summit, he met with the Foreign Ministers of France and China and delivered remarks at the Summit’s Putting People First session.

The Secretary-General speaks to the media in Argentina ahead of the G20 Summit. Photo/UNIC Buenos Aires.

Press encounter ahead of G20 Summit and Climate Conference COP24:

Letter to G20 leaders:

Press encounter in Buenos Aires ahead of G20 Summit:

Press encounter with Foreign Ministers of France, and China:

Remarks at Putting People First session:

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On Wednesday, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Secretary-General saluted the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, which he said was “delivering on its mandate despite unprecedented challenges.” He called on the international community “to intensify its engagement and reiterate its commitment” to assist Palestinians and Israelis in reaching the two-State solution. “Let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and to building a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike,” the Secretary-General said.


Message on the International Day:

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

On Tuesday, speaking to the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Secretary-General noted that the SCO is a leading player in regional diplomacy in Eurasia, and said he looked forward to strengthening the ties between both organizations.


Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General attended the launch of the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region. He said knowledge gained through this effort “will also have useful impacts in Central Asia and wherever climate change, environmental degradation and water scarcity are hindering sustainable development.”  The Secretary-General recalled seeing the drying of the Aral Sea for himself in 2017, calling it “one of the largest ecological catastrophes of our time”. He appealed to donor nations to contribute to the Fund.


South-South Development Expo 2018

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General opened the 10th Global South-South Development Expo at United Nations headquarters. He said the Expo showed “there are many creative home-grown solutions to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”, but that these “should not undermine the responsibilities assumed by the global North in relation to the Agenda 2030 and in relation to global development.”


Statements and Messages

On Madagascar:

To Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan:

To Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan (video):

To the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals Summit (video):

To Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters Symposium:

On the situation in the Black Sea:

On Nigeria:

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:

Next Week

The Secretary-General will attend the UN Climate Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. On Wednesday and Thursday in New York, he will speak at Security Council meetings on peacebuilding and on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in conflict prevention. On Friday, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the high-level pledging conference for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.