About: António Guterres

Global Europe 09-04-2020

UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources said Wednesday (8 April), after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.
Global Europe 03-04-2020

COVID-19: Worst is yet to come in conflict zones, UN chief warns

In countries stricken by conflict, where health systems have already collapsed, "the worst is yet to come" as the coronavirus continues to spread, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday (3 April), reiterating his call for a global ceasefire to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

UN chief: Post-coronavirus world will be even more digital

The post-coronavirus world will be different and much more digital than before, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE in an interview.
Future EU 03-04-2020

Lessons in leadership… for the EU

South Korea is an inspiration for fighting the coronavirus and the UN chief is exemplary for global leadership, at a time when the US is incapacitated, and the EU -- still in need of unity, writes Stavros Papagianneas.
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Russia joins UN’s appeal for global ceasefire, lists conflicts by name

Russia’s foreign ministry published a statement on Wednesday (25 March) urging all parties to regional armed conflicts to immediately stop hostilities, secure a ceasefire, and introduce a humanitarian pause, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 13-02-2020

UN Security Council calls for ‘lasting ceasefire’ in Libya

The UN Security Council on Wednesday (12 February) adopted a resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January.
EU-Africa 13-02-2020

Slovakia’s Lajcak tipped to be next UN envoy for Western Sahara

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who once served as the president of the UN General Assembly, is expected to be named the world body's new special envoy for disputed Western Sahara, diplomats said Wednesday (12 February).
EU-Africa 13-01-2020

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Berlin hosts ‘different’ Cyprus reunification talks

UN chief António Guterres said Monday (25 November) he agreed to work towards setting up a new round of informal talks with rival Cypriot leaders, after the parties acknowledged at a Berlin meeting that any fresh discussions "must be different".
Air Quality 14-10-2019

International alliance of cities commits to tackling air pollution

Poor air quality causes 422,000 premature deaths deaths each year in Europe and EU member states have repeatedly been singled out for exceeding pollution thresholds. At the C40 Summit on Friday (11 October), 35 cities decided to take the matter into their own hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 09-10-2019

Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to start Syria offensive ‘shortly’

Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border "shortly", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s communications director said early on Wednesday (9 October), as a surprise withdrawal of US troops made way for the Turkish incursion.
Global Europe 24-09-2019

UN sets constitution committee for Syria, but hopes to end war muted

The United Nations announced Monday (23 September) the long-awaited creation of a constitution-writing committee on Syria that will include the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war.
Global Europe 19-09-2019

Washington sees ‘many options short of war’ with Iran after attacks on Saudis

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.
Global Europe 16-09-2019

Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.
Global Europe 23-08-2019

As Amazon burns, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere

Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday (22 August) admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere.

18 EU countries now support 2050 carbon neutrality goal

Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovenia have added their names to a growing list of EU countries supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will be struck at an EU summit later this week, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Global Europe 31-05-2019

Guterres: European unity vital to avoid new cold war

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday (30 May) warned Europe must remain united if it wants to avoid a new “cold war” in tumultuous political times. “If you want to avoid a new cold war… if you want to...
EU-Africa 12-04-2019

EU urges Sudan army to carry out ‘swift’ handover to civilian rule

Sudan's army ousted veteran president Omar al-Bashir Thursday (11 April), but protestors against his iron-fisted rule denounced a "coup" and thousands rallied outside army headquarters as a night-time curfew kicked in.
Global Europe 05-04-2019

EU voices concern as Libya strongman Haftar orders ‘advance’ on Tripoli

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops Thursday (4 April) to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, as world powers warned of consequences for military action.

UN head ‘shocked’ by suffering at migrant camp in Libya

UN Secretary General António Guterres said Thursday (4 April) he was "shocked" by the level of suffering of migrants at a detention centre in Tripoli which he visited during a visit to the Libyan capital.
Armenia 21-01-2019

EU, UN welcome thaw in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations over Nagorno-Karabakh

The EU welcomed on Friday (18 January) a recent thaw in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Global Europe 29-11-2018

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks, EU to act as ‘guarantor’

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (28 November) announced in Geneva a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Trump may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

US President Donald Trump has said he may cancel a long-awaited summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine led Kyiv to warn of the threat of "full-scale war".
Global Europe 13-11-2018

Paris Peace Forum harbours ambition to become annual gathering

It was billed as a "Davos for democracy". But will the newly launched Paris Peace Forum, the latest addition to international conferencing, have an impact?

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