Press releases

  • 21 Jul 2018 - I am gravely concerned over the dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel. I deeply regret the loss of life. It is imperative that all sides urgently step back from the brink of another devastating conflict. I call on Hamas and other Palestinian militants to cease the launching of rockets and incendiary kites and provocations along the fence. And Israel must exercise restraint to avoid further inflaming the situation.
  • 12 Jul 2018 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today (Thursday) announced the appointment of Major General Stefano Del Col of Italy as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
  • 06 Jul 2018 - The Secretary-General is gravely concerned by the resumption of the military offensive in southwest Syria and its continued devastating impact on civilians. An estimated 750,000 lives are in danger and up to 325,000 people have been displaced. The Secretary-General fully supports today’s statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. As the custodian of the 1951 Refugee Convention, he is the authoritative voice of the United Nations on refugees.
  • 29 Jun 2018 - The Secretary-General is deeply alarmed by the military offensive in southwestern Syria and its devastating toll on civilians. He calls for an immediate cessation of the military operations. The Secretary-General recalls that the southwest area of Syria is part of a de-escalation agreement agreed between Jordan, Russia and the United States in Amman in July 2017, and calls on its guarantors to uphold their commitments.
  • 14 May 2018 - The Secretary-General is profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and the high number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests. Israel security forces must exercise maximum restraint in the use of live fire. Hamas and the leaders of the demonstrations have a responsibility to prevent all violent actions and provocations.  
  • 13 May 2018 - The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Iraq on the holding of parliamentary elections on 12 May. Following the military defeat of Dae'sh, the elections represent further progress in building a stronger Iraqi democracy. 
  • 10 May 2018 - The Secretary-General followed with utmost concern reports overnight of missile launches from Syria targeting Israeli positions and retaliatory strikes by the Israel Defense Forces, that followed earlier strikes in Syria on Tuesday, 8 May. He notes with relief today’s partial normalization of the situation. 
  • 08 May 2018 - I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will begin reinstating US sanctions. I have consistently reiterated that the JCPOA represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.   
  • 17 Apr 2018 - Secretary-General's remarks at joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir [with Q&A]   Ladies and gentlemen from the press, thank you very much for your presence.  
  • 14 Apr 2018 - I have been following closely the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom.