Speeches

International Youth Day Observance

Remarks by Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Bangladesh, 06 August 2018 Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow young people, I would like to begin by thanking the Government of Bangladesh for inviting me to mark the International Youth Day 2018 with all of you here in Dhaka. Today, the world is home to 1.8

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Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office

New York, USA, 12 December 2016 Thank you very much for all your kind words. I am deeply honoured by the trust and confidence Member States have placed in me, and determined to be guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter. First of all, I would like to pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban

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Secretary-General’s remarks at opening dialogue with youth in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, 27 March 2016 Dear students, Asalam Aleykum. Thank you for your warm welcome. I’m very pleased to be here today at the University of Jordan; the oldest school of higher education in the country. This university has played its part in making Jordan into the country it is today. It has educated many of your top

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Remarks at G7 Working Session on Terrorism

I thank Chancellor Merkel for hosting this working session. I am increasingly concerned by the spread of violent extremist groups and the malicious and hateful ideologies that are fuelling violence and terrorism around the world. From the deadly ideologies of ISIL and Boko Haram, to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, this wave of intolerance and hatred is

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland Ladies and gentlemen – I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN… I’m

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International Youth Day 2013: Secretary-General’s Message

This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration.  Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences. The reasons young people migrate are many.  Some are fleeing persecution, others are

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