New York

20 September 2021

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with U.S. President Joseph R. Biden

SG: Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And I have to say that I am delighted to have this opportunity to meet you, as you have clearly affirmed the strong commitment of the United States to the U.N. and to multilateralism -- a multilateralism that we also want to see reformed, more effective, and more in line with the need to solve the dramatic problems of this world.

On the other hand, I'd like to say that the cooperation between the United States and the U.N. is a fundamental pillar for the work of the U.N.  The United States, with its strong commitment to human rights; its strong commitment to peace and security in the world; its strong commitment to development, cooperation; and now, with your leadership, a very strong commitment on climate change, the United States represents a fundamental pillar of our activity.

And I'd like to reassure you, Mr. President, that we want to deepen that cooperation.  We are extremely happy with the coordination we have with the Mission, with whom we work very, very well.  And you can be absolutely sure that we share the same values, the same concerns, and the same commitment to the people of this world, especially to the most vulnerable and to those that have been more than dramatically impacted both by the COVID, the climate, and other challenges that we face together.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.