Portuguese Politician and Diplomat Antonio Guterres Sworn in as UN Secretary-General – Here are his Top Quotes


Fear is driving the decisions of many people around the world.

I am fully aware of the challenges the UN faces and the limitations surrounding the Secretary-General.

I believe this process means that the true winner today is the credibility of the UN. And it also made very clear to me that, as Secretary-General, having been chosen by all Member States, I must be at the service of them all equally and with no agenda but the one enshrined in the UN Charter.

I have been very active in international political activity and always had a very strong interest in refugee problems.

Portugal has a long tradition of emigration, but it was not really prepared to absorb new communities.

Protection means the opportunity to fully enjoy your rights.

Protection needs to encompass a comprehensive approach, ensuring that refugees can exercise the full spectrum of their rights.

The international community spends much more time and resources managing crises than preventing them.

The organization is the cornerstone of multilateralism, and has contributed to decades of relative peace, but the challenges are now surpassing our ability to respond.

The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective. It must focus more on delivery and less on process, more on people and less on bureaucracy.

UN must be ready to change.

We live in a world which is very different from the post second world war.

We need a surge in diplomacy for peace.

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