30 September 2021, Paris, France

Secretary-General's message to the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Addressing Hate Speech through Education

Thank you for taking part in this Multi-stakeholder Forum on Addressing Hate Speech through Education.  Your backgrounds and experiences are diverse, but you have all joined forces to help tackle the global firestorm of hate speech around the world.
Hate speech is rising against the backdrop of growing polarization and intolerance.  Across the globe, public discourse is being coarsened, democratic values threatened, and social cohesion undermined. 

17 May 2021, Paris, France

Secretary-General's video message to the International Conference to Support the Sudanese Transition

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I thank France for hosting today’s Conference.

We have a responsibility to help Sudan consolidate its democratic transition.

Rebuild its economy.

And deliver sustainable peace and development for all its diverse society.

I commend the Government of Sudan for undertaking difficult economic reforms.

19 November 2020, Paris, France

Secretary-General's video message to Women's Forum for the Economy and Society: "Beyond Recovery: Designing an Inclusive World”

I send my warmest wishes to this first virtual Women’s Forum meeting, on shaping an inclusive response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From job losses to rising rates of domestic violence and a sharp increase in unpaid care work, the impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for women’s rights and gender equality.

Women are leading the response, keeping families, communities and economies running. Women leaders are winning praise for their decisiveness, competence and compassion.

16 November 2020, Strasbourg, France

Secretary-General's video message for the World Forum for Democracy,16-18 November

It is a pleasure to greet the World Forum for Democracy at this critical juncture in world affairs. 

I welcome your focus on the perils facing the environment.  Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, we face a triple planetary emergency: a climate crisis, a nature crisis and a pollution crisis.  These are causing profound suffering – lost lives, lost jobs, rising hunger, declining health and widening damage from disasters.

Yet we have solutions.  We know what we need to do to reconcile humankind and nature.