Qatar

08 December 2019, Doha, Qatar

Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at Qatar Foundation speaker series on “Bridging the gap between policy and impact during the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals” [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Dear Colleagues,
 
I am very pleased to take part today in the Qatar Foundation Education City Speakers Series on bridging the gap between policy and impact during the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
Behind the eloquent title of today’s event lies a critical question; namely, how can we translate the SDGs into concrete actions that deliver for the people we serve and the planet we depend on?
 

07 December 2019, Doha,Qatar

Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at dinner discussion with leading women of Qatar on women’s empowerment and gender equality [as prepared for delivery]

I am honoured to join you in this beautiful setting. 

This museum takes visitors on a journey through the history and progress of this beautiful country. 

Here in the company of such amazing women leaders, I am prompted to also note the history and progress of women in Qatar and in the region, and the impacts you have made on the world. 

07 December 2019, Doha, Qatar

Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at opening ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development [as prepared for delivery]

Her Highness,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Dear colleagues and friends,
 
It is my great pleasure to join this historic international conference on disability and development.  Allow me to begin by thanking the State of Qatar for its leadership on this crucial challenge.
 

06 April 2019, Doha, Qatar

Secretary-General's video message for 140th Interparliamentary Union Assembly

Dear friends,
 
As a former member of the IPU, it is a pleasure to greet the 140th Assembly of the Interparliamentary Union, which comes so soon after our time together at your parliamentary hearing in New York in February.
 
I welcome your focus in Doha on education for peace and the rule of law, and on advancing our joint efforts to counter and prevent terrorism and violent extremism.
 
These are just some of the many challenges on which the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union enjoy fruitful cooperation.
 

16 December 2018, Doha

Keynote address to the closing of the Doha Forum

I congratulate the Doha Forum and its mission to serve as a “platform for global dialogue on critical challenges facing our world”.
 
Perhaps the most precious – and increasingly scarce – resource in our world today is indeed dialogue. Places to broaden understanding, share ideas, think out of the box and find common ground.
 
We need more such platforms to respond to our collective challenges. I thank you for the space you have created through the Doha Forum. I know you have had a very full and rich two days of discussions.
 

16 December 2018, Doha

Lecture at Hamad Bin Khalifa University

When I was coming to the university, I was asking myself, what am I going to talk about? And then all of a sudden I decided it would probably be best to confront you, on the one hand, on what has just been said by our host which means we live in a world where, more and more, we have challenges that are global, more and more we have problems that no country can solve by itself, but at the same time a world where many people do not believe that international organizations can be helpful. They believe that their own countries should be doing it by themselves.
 

16 December 2018, Doha

Opening remarks at press conference with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani of Qatar

This ceremony is a clear demonstration of the exemplar nature and partnership between the State of Qatar and the United Nations, and I want to express my very deep gratitude on behalf of all UN agencies and departments represented here and on behalf of the UN as a whole for the extremely important support that was signed here that represents a magical solution to the work of our agencies in so many different areas, thanks to the generosity of the State of Qatar and His Highness the Emir.

16 December 2018, Doha, Qatar

Note to correspondents: Remarks by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura to the Doha Forum [scroll down for Arabic]

SdeM: Thank you.  Let me say the following: Every case is different, sadly, because otherwise we would have a common line there, but in Afghanistan, as you know, and I know too, there was a considered decision to turn the page temporarily, temporarily, on transitional justice.  Many of the people who are still around, and powerfully so in Afghanistan, are the same warlords who happen to be very active, and brutally so, during the period of the fighting among them and with the Soviet Union at that time.  I remember one in particular, who tried to kill me twice, and I met him happily walking

16 December 2018, Doha

Secretary-General's lecture at Hamad Bin Khalifa University

When I was coming to the university, I was asking myself, what am I going to talk about? And then all of a sudden I decided it would probably be best to confront you, on the one hand, on what has just been said by our host which means we live in a world where, more and more, we have challenges that are global, more and more we have problems that no country can solve by itself, but at the same time a world where many people do not believe that international organizations can be helpful. They believe that their own countries should be doing it by themselves.