Austria

11 October 2021, Vienna, Austria

Secretary-General's video message to the EU Fundamental Rights Forum

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01 July 2021, Vienna, Austria

Secretary-General's video message to the Austria World Summit

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17 September 2020, Austria

Secretary-General's video remarks to Austrian World Summit

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I thank the Austrian government and Mr. Schwarzenegger for convening the Austrian World Summit.
 
Last year, I stood before you in Vienna.
 
Since then, much has changed.
 
But some things have not.
 
Economies have been thrown into reverse by the pandemic. 
 
But climate disruption has not.
 

Volker  Türk Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination

Volker Türk

Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination

Volker Türk is Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Mr Türk ensures coherence in the strategic analysis provided to the Secretary-General and conducts system-wide coordination, including on the Secretary-General’s ‘Call to Action for Human Rights’, his initiatives on COVID-19 and his report on ‘Our Common Agenda’ to address future challenges.

27 May 2019, Vienna

Opening remarks to the Day of Action with UN Messenger of Peace Mr. Yo-Yo Ma

Let me first of all express how grateful I am to Yo-Yo Ma. He is a fantastic Messenger of Peace. 
 
Indeed, if one looks at music, music represents two things that are absolutely crucial for what the UN does. 
 
First, music is a universal language. Music brings us together. Music is a symbol of peace.
 

27 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at event marking 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
 
I do believe that if Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss had been here today, they would have loved the wonderful piece we all have heard.
 
I want to say that it is good to see Vienna going on with the most fantastic musical tradition of the world. Because music is a universal language. Music is the language of peace. Music is probably the best language we could have in the United Nations.
 

28 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at the R20 Austrian World Summit

I am pleased to be with you once again to discuss our collective response to the climate crisis.
 
And I thank Governor Schwarzenegger and the R20 coalition for placing focus on the importance of sub-national actors for successful climate action.
 
I have just returned from a trip to the South Pacific where I visited, among others, Tuvalu – a low-lying island nation that faces inundation from rising seas.
 
I was profoundly impressed and profoundly moved.
 
It is clear to me that we have no time to waste.