About: António Guterres

Amnesty says migrants in Libyan camps forced to trade sex for clean water

Amnesty International said on Thursday (14 July) that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including being forced to barter sex for clean water, food and access to sanitation. The...
Climate change 25-06-2021

Success of climate change talks rests on finance, UN chief says

The success of international climate negotiations in November will depend on a breakthrough in financial contributions from rich countries, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday (24 June).
Global Europe 09-06-2021

UN Security Council backs Guterres for second term

The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting 1 January 2022.
Global Europe 21-05-2021

Israel-Hamas truce takes hold after 11 days of fighting

An Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Hamas took hold on Friday (21 May) after the worst violence in years, with US President Joe Biden pledging to salvage the devastated Gaza Strip and the United Nations urging renewed Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Germany urges end to Middle East violence as EU calls talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday (16 May) it is "imperative" for Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting and resume talks ahead of an emergency meeting this week with his EU counterparts.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast, families bury victims

The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68, officials said, with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

UN chief urges ‘be creative’ as Cyprus talks open

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to "be creative" on Tuesday (27 April), hours before informal talks were set to begin on the island's future after a four-year hiatus.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

‘Common ground’ elusive as Cyprus rivals head to Geneva

Four years after their last peace talks failed, rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Geneva next week to explore elusive “common ground” on the divided Mediterranean island. “We go to Geneva… steadfastly committed to resuming negotiations for...
Climate change 23-04-2021

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Veteran Chad leader Deby dies, the military take over

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died reportedly in combat just a day after securing re-election, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a key strategic ally of the West in a troubled region.
Politics 16-03-2021

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called Monday (15 March) to combat violence against women, at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected to call for greater action against sexual harassment.
Politics 25-02-2021

UN chief to host Cyprus meeting in April

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will convene an informal meeting in April involving Greece,Turkey and Britain to explore a possible end to deadlocked Cyprus peace talks, his spokesman said Wednesday (24 February).
Global Europe 18-02-2021

UN urges global vaccine effort as Washington pays WHO dues

United Nations chief António Guterres said Wednesday (17 February) that the world "urgently needs a global vaccination plan" to stop wealthy countries leaving poorer nations behind in the coronavirus fightback.
Global Europe 08-02-2021

UN-led talks elect Libyan transitional government, EU hails ‘milestone’

Libya embarked Saturday (6 February) on a new phase of its post-Gaddafi transition after an interim executive was selected to lead the country until December elections following a decade of chaos.
Global Europe 04-02-2021

UN chief vows to rally global pressure to make sure Myanmar coup fails

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres pledged on Wednesday (3 February) to mobilize enough international pressure on Myanmar’s military “to make sure that this coup fails” as the UN Security Council tries to negotiate a statement on the crisis. The Myanmar...
Agrifood 25-01-2021

Berlin agriculture conference highlights world hunger, climate change

An international conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin on Friday (22 January) focused on finding solutions in times of crisis, like the current pandemic and the subsequent humanitarian catastrophe, and called for combatting world hunger, climate change, and potential new pandemics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 22-01-2021

Islamic State claims Baghdad twin bombing that killed 32, wounded 110

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing that killed 32 people and wounded 110 at a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday (21 January).
Global Europe 15-01-2021

Fearing famine, UN calls on US to reverse Huthi ‘terrorists’ label

The United States must cancel its decision to classify Yemen's Huthi rebels as "terrorists" to avoid a catastrophic famine, several United Nations officials told the Security Council on Thursday (14 January).
Global Europe 05-01-2021

Tunisia pushes for UN monitors for Libya’s frail ceasefire

Tunisia, the current president of the UN Security Council, called Monday (4 January) for a resolution sending international monitors to support Libya's brittle ceasefire to be adopted as soon as possible.
Global Europe 31-12-2020

UN chief seeks monitors for Libya’s fragile ceasefire

UN chief Antónioo Guterres has proposed international monitors to support Libya's fragile ceasefire amid hopes that foreign fighters will soon leave and the country can turn the page on a decade of war.
Global Europe 15-12-2020

UN chief proposes new envoys to mediate Libya, Mideast

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has proposed new envoys to mediate conflicts in Libya and the Middle East, who could be given the greenlight by the UN Security Council on Tuesday (15 December) after months of delay, diplomats said.
Health 22-11-2020

G20 throws weight behind global Covid-19 vaccine access at Saudi-hosted summit

G20 nations emphasised the need for global access to coronavirus vaccines at a Saudi-hosted virtual summit Saturday (21 November) dominated by efforts to tackle the pandemic and the worst global recession in decades. World leaders, including US President Donald Trump...
Energy 20-11-2020

UN chief presses EU to agree tougher climate change target

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (19 November) urged the European Union to lead global efforts to slash planet-warming emissions by setting a new climate change target next month.
Global Europe 30-10-2020

World leaders condemn deadly stabbings in France

World leaders condemned fatal stabbings in the French city of Nice Thursday (29 October) that France called an Islamist terrorist attack.