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Opening remarks, Press Conference - António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on 16 September 2020
16 Sep 2020 -  The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres held his annual press conference at the opening of the 75th Session of the General Assembly. He noted that the COVID-19 virus is the number one global security threat in our world today, held his annual press conference at the opening of the 75th Session of the General Assembly.
He noted that the COVID-19 virus is the number one global security threat in our world today, stressing the need for the global ceasefire that he called for in March to become a reality by the end of the year.
The Secretary-General also underlined the need for the international community needs to come together to defeat the virus, calling for the massive expansion of new and existing tools that can respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months. A vaccine, he said, must be seen as a global public good, because COVID-19 respects no borders.