Germany

18 December 2020, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General's remarks to the press following meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

I thank Chancellor Merkel and the German government and people for your warm welcome. 

I am pleased to be here to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with such a strong, reliable and innovative partner.   

And it is good to be here now.   

International cooperation has been tested this year like never before.   

Through decisive action, Chancellor Merkel and Germany helped show the world what global solidarity looks like.  

18 December 2020, Berlin

Remarks to the Bundestag, the German parliament in Berlin

Thank you very much, Mr. President of the Bundestag Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, for the opportunity to speak here in the German Bundestag today.
Dear Federal President,
Dear Chancellor,
Dear President of the Federal Constitutional Court,
Dear Members of the Bundestag,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

18 December 2020, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General's remarks to the Bundestag

Thank you very much, Mr. President of the Bundestag Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, for the opportunity to speak here in the German Bundestag today.
Dear Federal President,
Dear Chancellor,
Dear President of the Federal Constitutional Court,
Dear Members of the Bundestag,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

17 December 2020, Berling

Opening remarks at a joint press encounter with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany

Dear members of the press, it is for me an enormous pleasure to be back in Germany. Indeed because of COVID-19, I've had very few missions this year. But I really wanted to come and accept Germany's invitation of the President of the Bundestag to address the Bundestag because these are challenging times, but Germany is a reliable and generous and an exemplary party when we face these challenging times.  
 

17 December 2020, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General’s remarks at joint press encounter with Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas 

Dear members of the press, it is for me an enormous pleasure to be back in Germany. Indeed because of COVID-19, I've had very few missions this year. But I really wanted to come and accept Germany's invitation of the President of the Bundestag to address the Bundestag because these are challenging times, but Germany is a reliable and generous and an exemplary party when we face these challenging times.  

 

25 October 2020, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General's video message for the World Health Summit

Excellencies, colleagues, friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age.

Just seven months since it was declared, over 1 million people have died, and tens of millions have been infected.

Cases are still rising, and new spikes and waves are occurring in places that had suppressed the virus for many months.

The indirect impact of the pandemic is wreaking havoc on societies and economies. Travel restrictions and lockdowns have resulted in the loss of 500 million jobs so far and are costing the global economy some $375 billion every month.

17 October 2020, Frankfurt

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 Event - "Signals of hope: speak up! For climate"

Hello to everyone taking part in the Frankfurt Book Fair -- and especially to those who are speaking up for climate. 

My name is Amina Mohammed and I am Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

We at the UN are inspired to see – and hear -- so many young people standing up and speaking up for the planet. And particularly those who are doing so in verse! 

The world faces a climate emergency and every one of us needs to play our part if we are to overcome this crisis and build a greener, fairer world.

07 October 2020, Bonn, Germany

Secretary-General's video message to Daring Cities Virtual Forum: Urban Leaders and Climate Change

We live in unprecedented times.
 
The climate emergency continues unabated.
 
Urban areas are ground zero.
 
They bear the brunt of climate-related disasters and are responsible for more than 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.
 
As urban leaders, you are on the frontlines of the solutions.
 
We are seeing increasing commitments by you to adopt energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy and clean transport.
 
You know this makes sense for the health of your economy and your citizens.
 

05 October 2020, Germany

Secretary-General's video message to Human Rights Festival

It is a pleasure to greet this human rights festival.  As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, I welcome your focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
The virus has been a major setback to our efforts.  For the first time in 30 years, poverty is rising.  Human development indicators are declining.  Human rights and civic space are under assault.