"We have, first and foremost, the responsibility to accelerate our efforts for the Pact for Peace," Guterres told a high-level meeting on Mali and the Sahel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
In attendance was the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
For the Secretary-General, delays in the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali would only "aggravate security problems and hinder the march towards stability".
"It is time for all parties to honour their obligations, including accelerating the implementation of the road map of 22 March."
Mr. Guterres added that the dividends of peace should “materialize” for the Malian people in their daily lives.
"To this end, it is essential that Malians take ownership of this process, and that the broader spectrum of Malian society, including - and especially - women, has a voice," he said.