Meeting Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect (November 14, 2016)
United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect (November 14, 2016)
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, met with Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect, on November 14.
Mr. Guterres was received by President Hollande on the same day.
Mr. Guterres will assume office on January 1, 2017. In the run-up to this date, this first meeting since his appointment by the UN General Assembly on October 13, will provide an opportunity to discuss key international issues and the priorities that the next secretary-general would like to focus on during his tenure.
This meeting has also provided an opportunity to assure Antonio Guterres of France’s full support in the exercise of the very important functions that will be entrusted to him on January 1, 2017.
Statement by Mr. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following his meeting with Mr António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General-designate - Paris - 14 November 2016
Elysée – Lundi 14 November 2016
I was very pleased to welcome António Guterres, who – in addition to being a personal friend, a friend of France – is the United Nations Secretary-General-designate and will assume his responsibilities in January.
I’ll also have the opportunity to welcome Mr Ban Ki-moon, because he too will be coming to Paris in a few days’ time, and I’m going to see him again in Marrakesh tomorrow for COP22.
The Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, and I started discussing the issues he will necessarily have to deal with in the coming weeks and months, and you’re aware of them: namely, the situations we’re currently focusing our efforts on, be they in the Middle East, Syria, Iraq or Africa – wherever the United Nations can play a role. I’m not forgetting Libya.
There are also the major issues of the climate, development, and ensuring that this organization, which is so useful for peace and progress, can continue playing its role. That’s why France was very pleased that António Guterres could take on that eminent responsibility.