Archive | 2016

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Launch of the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Statement by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, during the High-level launch of the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons   21 December 2016 Ambassador Delattre, Under-Secretary General Fedotov, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,   It is a pleasure to speak to you at the launch of the […]

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Tribute to Fidel Castro

As delivered Statement by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, at Tribute to Fidel Castro 20 December 2016     Mr. Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Her Excellency, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Chargee d’Affaires of the Republic of Cuba to the UN Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen,   […]

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Statement on the attack in Berlin

Statement on the attack in Berlin 20 December 2016 UNITED NATIONS, 20 December 2016 — The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson condemns the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany. According to the latest information, the incident has resulted in the death of 12 […]

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Statement on assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Statement on assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey UNITED NATIONS, 19 December 2016 — The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson has strongly condemned the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Andrey Karlov. The assassination occurred in Ankara, Turkey, today during an art exhibition. “I am horrified by the […]

Video message: 60th Anniversary of Japan’s Membership

Video Message by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Japan’s Membership to the United Nations 19 December 2016   Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Greetings from New York, It is my pleasure to address you as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Japan’s membership of […]

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Exhibition to Commemorate 56th anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

As delivered Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly at the Opening of the Exhibition to Commemorate 56th anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples 16 December 2017   Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Friends,   I am honoured to join you today […]

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Statement to the Fifth Committee

Statement by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, to the Fifth Committee 15 December 2016 Madame Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,   It gives me great pleasure to address the Fifth Committee today.   Let me begin by congratulating Ambassador King on her election as Chair of this […]

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Statements on Culture of Peace and on Global health and foreign policy

Statement by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, on Agenda Item 14 Culture of Peace, and on Agenda Item 127 Global Health and Foreign Policy   15 December 2016 Excellencies Distinguished delegates Ladies and gentlemen   Renowned poet Maya Angelou once said “Hate – it has caused a lot of […]

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New York Philharmonic concert: Tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon & Welcoming Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres

As delivered Opening remarks by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at New York Philharmonic concert to pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and welcome Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres 14 October 2016   Secretary-General, Secretary-General-designate, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   We are gathered for today’s concert in honour of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, […]

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UN-DESA Energy Grant Ceremony

As delivered Remarks by Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, at UN-DESA Energy Grant Ceremony 14 December 2016   Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen,   It is an honour to participate in the Award Ceremony for the winner of the second UNDESA Energy Grant. The ‘Powering the Future We Want’ programme is a creative initiative […]