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18 July 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Closing of the 2019 High-level Political Forum

I wish to congratulate everyone for the successful completion of the 2019 HLPF.
 
The High-Level Political Forum is the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. This year, we welcomed a full constellation of actors critical to SDG implementation. 
 
We had the opportunity to share experiences, lessons, ideas and knowledge; and forge new partnerships. 
 
This year’s forum had the added importance of preparing the ground for the SDG Summit in September and the Decade of Action that must follow.

18 July 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-level Political Forum Side Event: “Delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe and Around the World” [as prepared for delivery]

Distinguished Commissioners and Ministers,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is a great pleasure to join you this afternoon.
 
Four years on from 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals have gained traction across the world.
 
They have been increasingly integrated into sustainable development plans at both national and sub-national levels. 
 
Private sector actors have actively begun aligning their policies, business models and operations behind them. 
 

16 July 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Launch of the Fund for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Dear colleagues,
 
Thank you all for joining us as we launch the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration: The Migration Fund.
 
Less than a year ago, United Nations Member States came together in Marrakech to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
 
This historic document is the first ever inter-governmentally negotiated agreement that responds to migration in all its dimensions and complexities.
 
The Compact is a recognition of four crucial facts.
 

16 July 2019, New York

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-level Political Forum Side Event: Philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency, Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council,
 
Excellencies,
Distinguished Delegates,
Representatives of philanthropic organizations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations for this special event.
 

18 July 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Nelson Mandela International Day

Today, we commemorate the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and to the world.

We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.

Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion, forgiveness and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice. 

He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them.  

18 July 2019, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions

United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international peace and security. But they are temporary. We are strengthening our focus on moments of transition, when our missions are reconfigured or leave a country.  
 

19 July 2019, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the arson attack and fire in Kyoto, Japan

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life caused by the arson attack and fire in Kyoto, Japan.  He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Japan. He wishes those injured a swift recovery.
 
In this tragic moment, the United Nations stands in full solidarity with the Government and people of Japan.
 

18 July 2019, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions [as delivered]

United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international peace and security. But they are temporary. We are strengthening our focus on moments of transition, when our missions are reconfigured or leave a country.  
 

08 July 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Economic and Social Council Integration Segment on the Annual Overview Report of the UN Chief Executives Board

I am very grateful for the opportunity, as Chairman of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), to introduce the CEB Annual Overview Report and to update you on recent inter-agency cooperation. 

16 July 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to opening of High-Level Political Forum Ministerial Segment

Over the past four years, this High-Level Political Forum has kept the spotlight firmly on the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
And over the coming days, you will again dive into the details of our collective efforts to take forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
This year, nearly fifty countries will present voluntary national reviews.
 
You are also analyzing progress on six individual Sustainable Development Goals and perspectives from countries in special situations.