Press releases

  • 18 Feb 2020 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on Syria The Secretary-General is alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in northwest Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians.
  • 01 Feb 2020 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on Syria The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the ongoing military escalation in northwest Syria and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities.  He reaffirms that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including on healthcare and educational facilities, are unacceptable.
  • 29 Jan 2020 - Note to correspondents In response to questions, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:   The Secretary-General has seen the announcement of the United States plan for the Middle East. The position of the United Nations on the two-State solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions by which the Secretariat is bound.
  • 22 Jan 2020 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the formation of new Government in Lebanon  
  • 08 Jan 2020 - On Monday, the Secretary-General made a passionate appeal for peace. His message to world leaders was simple: Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint. Re-start dialogue. Renew international cooperation. This appeal remains as important today as it was on Monday.
  • 03 Jan 2020 - The Secretary-General has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf.  He is deeply concerned with the recent escalation. This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint.  The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General New York, 3 January 2020
  • 24 Sep 2019 - New York -- The United Nations Charter sends a clear message to us all: put people first. The first words of the Charter -- “we the peoples” – are a summons to place people at the centre of our work. Every day.  Everywhere. People with anxieties and aspirations.  People with heartbreaks and hopes. Above all, people with rights. Those rights are not a favour to be rewarded or withheld.
  • 26 Nov 2018 - GENEVA (26 November 2018) – The UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances* says a new law against enforced disappearances in Lebanon can be a major breakthrough, and urges effective implementation to give victims and their families access to truth and justice.
  • 03 Oct 2018 - The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Barham Salih on his election and swearing in on Tuesday, 2 October as President of the Republic of Iraq. The Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with President Salih on all issues of mutual concern, in accordance with the mandate of the United Nations in Iraq.   The Secretary-General hopes the election of the President will pave the way to the swift formation of an inclusive Government in line with constitutional timelines. 
  • 18 Sep 2018 - The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached on 17 September between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib region, which should avert a full-scale military operation and provide reprieve for millions of civilians. The Secretary-General calls all the parties in Syria to cooperate in the implementation of the agreement and ensure safe and unimpeded humanitarian access in all areas through the most direct routes.