Articles by António Guterres

UN Secretary-General Calls the World “To Act for Health and Survival of People and Planet” on International Day Against Nuclear Tests

From the steppes of Kazakhstan, to the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and the deserts of Australia, nuclear testing has long poisoned our planet’s natural environment and the species and people who call it home. The International Day Against Nuclear Tests represents a global recognition of the catastrophic and lingering damage done in the…

Tenth Review Conference of Parties to Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

We live in worrying times. The climate crisis, stark inequalities, bloody conflicts and human rights abuses, and the personal and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have put our world under greater stress than it has faced in my lifetime. But the existential threat that cast a shadow over the first half of my…

The Glasgow Climate Test

The climate crisis is a code red for humanity.  World leaders will soon be put to the test at the UN Climate Conference — known as COP26 — in Glasgow. Their actions — or inactions — will show their seriousness about addressing this planetary emergency.  The warning signs are hard to miss: temperatures everywhere are…

Climate Action for People and Planet: The Time is Now

In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action. The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius.    To do this, we must get to net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century. …

A Crisis With a Woman’s Face

As the world marks International Women’s Day in the midst of a global pandemic, one stark fact is clear: the COVID-19 crisis has a woman’s face.   The pandemic is worsening already deep inequalities facing women and girls, erasing years of progress towards gender equality.   Women are more likely to work in sectors hardest hit by…

A Continent of Hope

Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems. When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential. I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa. This is…