Mr. Guterres is in Moscow, at the invitation of the Russian government, where he will meet with senior officials.
It is reported that the Secretary-General of the United Nations and President Putin met by default readingT from their meeting.
The two leaders discussed the importance of a renewed commitment to multilateralism, solidarity and cooperation so that the international community can face challenges Covid-19 Pandemic and Climate Change.
The talks also touched on a number of international and regional issues related to peace and security, humanitarian issues and the need to resolve conflicts through political dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.
The Secretary-General thanked President Putin for the hospitality of the Russian government and people, and for the Russian Federation’s continued commitment to support the United Nations.
Mr. Guterres expressed the United Nations’s interest in deepening its cooperation with the Russian Federation in the three pillars of the Organization’s work – peace and security, sustainable development, including climate change, biodiversity, and human rights.
Also on Thursday, Mr. Guterres received an honorary doctorate degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, which he accepted on behalf of the United Nations.
In his speech to professors and students, the Secretary-General referred to the designation of the University Model United Nations Program in honor of the late diplomat Vitaly Churkin, the former Russian permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, who passed away in 2017.
Mr. Guterres spoke about the common challenges facing countries, including the epidemic, and ways to address them.
While stressing the need to ensure that all people everywhere are vaccinated, the Secretary-General noted that despite the work of the Global Solidarity Initiative COVAX, Many low-income countries “have yet to get a single dose.”
He stressed that “COVID-19 vaccines should be viewed as a global public good.”