Sweden

Hans  Grundberg Special Envoy

Hans Grundberg

Special Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 6 August 2021 the appointment of Hans Grundberg of Sweden as his Special Envoy for Yemen.  Mr. Grundberg succeeds Martin Griffiths (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) who has been appointed as Under‑Secretary‑General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service.  
 

28 March 2019, Uppsala, Sweden

Secretary-General's video message to the Peacebuilding Fund Donors Meeting

Warm greetings to the top donors and advocates of the Peacebuilding Fund gathered in Sweden for this first strategic financing dialogue.
 
I also welcome the participation of senior representatives of the World Bank and the European Union, and of United Nations officials from the field. Your partnership is crucial for sustaining peace.
 
The Fund is a key instrument in my vision for the reform of the United Nations.
 
It is a catalyst for prevention, mobilizing more resources for peacebuilding, which is a vital part of the peace continuum.
 

13 December 2018, Rimbo

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Swedish Foreign Minister and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Intra-Yemeni Consultations

Thank you very much for being here.

We are living the beginning of the end of one of the biggest tragedies of the 21st century -- the conflict in Yemen, the worst humanitarian situation that we face.

We need, first of all, to pay tribute to the courage and determination of the two delegations that were able to overcome many difficulties, many different positions, many obstacles, and to really start a serious process to build a common future.

13 December 2018, Rimbo, Sweden

Joint Press Encounter with Swedish Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Intra-Yemeni Consultations

Secretary-General: Thank you very much for being here.

We are living the beginning of the end of one of the biggest tragedies of the 21st century -- the conflict in Yemen, the worst humanitarian situation that we face.

We need, first of all, to pay tribute to the courage and determination of the two delegations that were able to overcome many difficulties, many different positions, many obstacles, and to really start a serious process to build a common future.

13 December 2018, Rimbo

Remarks at closing of the Intra-Yemeni Consultations

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear Friends,   
             
I would like to thank Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the Swedish government for hosting this event and for your warm welcome. I would also like to thank my Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and his team for their tireless efforts in this endeavour.  

13 December 2018, Rimbo, Sweden

Secretary-General's remarks at closing of the Intra-Yemeni Consultations [as delivered]

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear Friends,   
             
I would like to thank Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the Swedish government for hosting this event and for your warm welcome. I would also like to thank my Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and his team for their tireless efforts in this endeavour.  

29 October 2018, Uppsala

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to Act Alliance General Assembly [as prepared for delivery]

I am pleased to join you today, and I thank the organizers for inviting me to take part in this third General Assembly of Act Alliance.
 
Three years ago, the international community agreed the transformational and universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
 
Considered an Agenda of the people, by the people and for the people, the 2030 Agenda was developed by what is often considered the largest consultation process carried out by the United Nations.
 

27 August 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the High-Level Panel on Water Diplomacy [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, Distinguished participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is my pleasure to participate in this important Panel event and address a topic that has for long been close to my heart.  I gained more insights on the pressing need for water diplomacy and water cooperation when I was the Minister of the Environment of Nigeria.
 
I note with appreciation that this Panel builds on the report published by the United Nations and the World Bank, “Pathways for Peace”, and the report of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, “A Matter of Survival”.