Antonio Guterres: News

01 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Indian pilot's release by Pak 'very much welcomed' step: UN

The release of an Indian pilot by Pakistan would be a "very much welcomed step", spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres said yesterday, stressing that the message to India and Pakistan from the world body and the international community is to de-escalate tensions.

29 Jan 2019


How Jews found refuge in India shapes International Holocaust-Remembrance Day

Poignant tales of compassion of Jews finding refuge in India in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust were recounted as the UN commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

21 Dec 2018

Sri Lanka

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

UN chief Antonio Guterres has welcomed the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka and called on all the political actors to resolve all outstanding differences in the interest of people of the country.

14 Dec 2018

Saudi Arabia

Yemen deal 'will help bring back security': Saudi-envoy to US

Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition partners "strongly support" an agreement reached on Yemen in UN-brokered peace talks yesterday, which includes a ceasefire in the vital port of Hodeida, Riyadh's US ambassador Khalid bin Salman said.

11 Dec 2018

United Nations (UN)

Trillions of dollars paid in bribes every year: UN Secretary-General

Trillions of dollars, equivalent to more than 5% of global GDP, are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption every year, according to the United Nations.

07 Dec 2018

United Nations (UN)

UN-Chief honors Hansa Mehta for Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UN chief Antonio Guterres has lauded the "essential" role played by Indian reformer Hansa Jivraj Mehta in shaping the landmark document on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensuring it contains a more gender-sensitive language.

07 Dec 2018


United Nations launches framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, and sustainable development sectors.

02 Dec 2018

Donald Trump

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief Lowcock

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned yesterday that Yemen was "on the brink of a major catastrophe," as the world body pushes for peace talks in the impoverished and war-wracked country.

28 Nov 2018


#DomesticViolence: Home is most unsafe place for women, says UN

A disturbing report released by the United Nations says out of the total number of women killed around the world last year, 58% were murdered by their family members or intimate partners for dowry and/or 'honor-related' matters.

21 Nov 2018


UN environment chief, under fire for travel expenses, resigns

UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigned yesterday after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry.

11 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka

UN expresses concern over Lankan President's decision to dissolve Parliament

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve the nation's Parliament, underlining the "utmost importance" of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law.

04 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka

Guterres urges Lankan President to allow vote in Parliament soon

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, urging President Maithripala Sirisena to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow Parliament to vote "as soon as possible".

03 Nov 2018


Killing of journalists should not be new normal: UN chief

On "The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists", marked annually on November 2, the UN Chief, Antonio Guterres said the killing of journalists around the world for doing their job is "outrageous" and should not become the "new normal".

31 Oct 2018

South Africa

Rapid urbanization increases risks from natural, human-made disasters: Antonio Guterres

On the occasion of 'World Cities Day', celebrated annually on October 31, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today that about 1.4mn people move to cities every week around the world and warned such rapid urbanization can contribute to increased risks from natural and human-made disasters.

20 Oct 2018

United Nations (UN)

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: UN chief Guterres, Canada's Trudeau condole death of victims

United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, has expressed his deepest condolences to the families and friends of over 60 people who died in a train accident in Amritsar, Punjab terming the incident as "tragic".

16 Oct 2018


UN Chief saddened over destruction caused by Cyclone Titli

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction caused in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to landslides and flooding following Cyclone Titli.

13 Oct 2018

Saudi Arabia

Missing Saudi journalist Khashoggi's Apple watch recorded his death: Report

A Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday morning that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch.

11 Oct 2018


India lost $79.5bn from climate-related disasters in 20yrs: UN report

India suffered a whopping $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years, according to a UN report.

01 Oct 2018

Sushma Swaraj

UN chief Antonio Guterres arrives on maiden India visit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in New Delhi today on his maiden visit to India as the head of the world body that coincides with the commencement of events marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

01 Oct 2018


UN, India will step up cooperation in counter-terrorism: Antonio Guterres

India is an "important partner" of the United Nations in countering terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, adding there are plans to step up the cooperation between the two in combating terror financing.

28 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi supports UN Chief's campaign to combat sexual abuse

PM Narendra Modi is among the world's 48 other leaders who've endorsed a collective statement by UN chief Antonio Guterres reaffirming their continued support to combat sexual exploitation across the UN system.

22 Sep 2018


United Nations chief Antonio Guterres to visit India in October

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres will travel to India early next month, his first trip to the country as the UN Secretary-General.

25 Aug 2018


UN Chief describes Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an 'exemplary statesman'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an "exemplary statesman" during his visit to India's Permanent Mission to the UN to offer his condolences to the late BJP leader.

11 Aug 2018

Saudi Arabia

UN calls for transparent, credible investigation into Yemen bus attack

The UN Security Council yesterday called for a credible and transparent investigation into the death of at least 29 children in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen on Thursday.

28 Jul 2018

Pakistan News

UN committed to continuing to support Pak's election commission: Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres looks forward to the formation of a new government in Pakistan and stressed the UN's commitment to support Pakistan's election commission amid allegations by other political parties of vote rigging, his spokesperson said.

28 Jun 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan-based armed group recruits children for suicide attacks: UN report

Pakistan-based terror outfits continue to recruit children, including those from madrasas, and allegedly use them for suicide attacks, according to a UN report titled "Children and Armed Conflict" released today.

20 Jun 2018


Israel responds to Gaza rocket-fire, hits 25 targets in Gaza-Strip

The Israeli Army said its fighter-jets hit 25 targets in the Gaza Strip earlier today in response to rocket-fire from Gaza.

06 Jun 2018


Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption claims 73 lives; nearly 200 missing

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption has so far taken over 73 lives and nearly 200 people are missing since the weekend eruptions began, officials said today.

30 May 2018


India lost highest number of UN peacekeepers in 70 years

In the last 70 years, India lost the highest number of its peacekeepers in various United Nations peacekeeping operations with many military, police, and civilian personnel from the country laying down their lives in the line of duty.

09 May 2018

Donald Trump

UN Chief "deeply concerned" by US decision to exit Iran-nuclear-deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is "deeply concerned" over US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, calling on all other nations to support the agreement and preserve the deal.

28 Apr 2018


Monsoon threatens tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees: UN

The United Nations said that lives of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees hang in the balance as monsoon and cyclone seasons threaten their makeshift camps in Bangladesh.

14 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

UN: Hope authorities bring Kathua rape perpetrators to justice

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres today termed the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in J&K's Kathua district as horrific. He hoped the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

UN urges Bangladesh to relocate 1.5L Rohingya-refugees ahead of rains

About 1.5 lakh Rohingya refugees, who fled violence in Myanmar to settle in crowded camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, are living in flood-prone areas and must be relocated ahead of the coming rainy season, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

28 Mar 2018


UN chief Guterres expresses concern over deaths of Indian journalists

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the deaths of two journalists in India and the violence against media persons across the globe.

14 Mar 2018

United Nations (UN)

UN received 138 allegations of sexual exploitation in 2017

The United Nations received 138 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse last year, stated a report, adding nearly half of them were against the personnel deployed at its peacekeeping and special political missions.

19 Sep 2017

Donald Trump

Trump blames bureaucracy and mismanagement for UN's woes

US President Donald Trump said in his first speech at the UN that bureaucracy and mismanagement are preventing the world body from living up to its potential.

22 Aug 2017


Maldives army occupies parliament, roughs up opposition MPs

Opposition MPs in Maldives claim the military has locked down the country's parliament, in a bid to block a no-confidence motion impeaching the speaker of the house.

10 Mar 2017

United Nations (UN)

UN chief proposes measures to tackle sexual abuse by peacekeepers

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed new measures to counter sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and staff.

15 Oct 2016

United Nations (UN)

New UN chief to boost gender equality, women empowerment

After being unanimously voted as Ban Ki-moon's successor, Antonio Guterres vowed to work as a "convener and bridge-builder" prioritizing human dignity, gender equality and xenophobia.