On Friday, the Secretary-General visited Palu, in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and saw the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami in September. Speaking to the press, the Secretary-General expressed full solidarity with the people of Sulawesi and Indonesia and an “enormous admiration” for the resilience demonstrated by the population affected. The Secretary-General also paid tribute to the “very rapid and effective response led by the government of Indonesia,” and said that the UN was ready to support the government and already had people on the ground. On Thursday, in Bali, the Secretary-General attended the Leaders’ Gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, which focused on sustainable development.  In his remarks, he stated that the world was not going far enough and fast enough to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and stressed two areas of particular concern:  inequality and climate change.

The Secretary-General visits Palu, Sulawesi, and inspects damage to Anutapura public hospital, following an earthquake and tsunami in September. Photo: OCHA/ Anthony Burke


Press remarks in Palu:

Remarks to ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering:

Report on global warming is “ear-splitting wake-up call to the world”

On Monday, the Secretary-General issued a statement about the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Calling the document an “ear-splitting wake-up call to the world”, he said it confirmed that “climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time.” At the same time, the Secretary-General noted that the report showed that it is still possible to limit warming to 1.5ºC, but that this will require urgent and far more ambitious action to cut emissions by half by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. “We must rise to the challenge of climate action and do what science demands before it is too late,” he concluded.


Statements and Messages

On Haiti:

To the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region:

On World Post Day:

To the 3rd Annual Bridge for Cities – Belt and Road Initiative (video):

On World Day Against the Death Penalty:

On the bus crash in Kenya:

On World Mental Health Day:

On Nigeria floods:

On the International Day of the Girl Child:

On the Malaysian Government’s decision to abolish the death penalty:

Next Week

On Saturday, in Bali, the Secretary-General will take part in the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. On Tuesday, in New York, he will deliver remarks at the Security Council briefing on the role of natural resources in international peace and security.