United Kingdom

Christian Francis Saunders Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management

Christian Francis Saunders

Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 7 November 2019 the designation of Christian Saunders of the United Kingdom as Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). 
 

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan Special Adviser

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan

Special Adviser

13 December 2019, London

The Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Global Citizen Prize Ceremony [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you Chiwetel —your powerful presence on screen speaks to injustice and human dignity.
 
And thank you and others for the moving tribute.
 
Hello London and hello world! 
 
Working for the United Nations makes me a global citizen and a proud Nigerian. 
 
Everyday, I strive to serve humanity ensuring the voiceless can live a life of dignity.
 

03 October 2019, United Kingdom

A Climate Change: An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold

On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us”. 
 
They are right.

On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us”. 
 
They are right.

via Covering Climate Now consortium: un.org

04 June 2019, London, United Kingdom

Deputy Secretary-General's opening remarks at discussion on “Tackling Inequality to Unlock the Power and Potential of Women and Girls” [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to be part of this important discussion.
 
Inequality has become one of the leading challenges of our time – and pervasive gender inequality is part of its leading edge, the most pervasive and universal form of inequality.
 
Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the international community has been grappling with the costs of high and worsening income and non-income inequalities within and among countries.
 

04 June 2019, London, United Kingdom

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Chatham House event: “Our Shared Humanity – The Legacy of Kofi Annan” Panel Three “Global Market – Global Values” [as prepared for delivery]

Dear Annan Family,
Sir Mark Malloch Brown and Colleagues at the UNA-UK,
Friends,
Distinguished panellists,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Let me start by thanking the Chatham House for bringing us together today to consider the legacy of our beloved late former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
 
Last night’s public event was deeply moving, and showed again the breadth of Kofi’s impact on our world and our lives.
 
Today we continue the conversation but with a particular focus.
 
Let me start with a bit of broad context.

03 June 2019, London, United Kingdom

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at UNA-UK Public Event on “Our Shared Humanity” Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Kofi Annan [as prepared for delivery]

Lord Malloch-Brown,
Dear friends,
 
I am delighted to join you in paying tribute to someone who was an inspiration to us all.
 
It is appropriate that we gather in Central Hall Westminster – this place where UN history was made, to honour an individual who himself made so much UN history.
 
I see so many good friends and colleagues in the audience.
 
Kofi’s magnetism lives on in bringing us all together.
 
It is nearly a year since the shocking news of Kofi’s passing hit us.
 

03 June 2019, London

The Deputy Secretary-General on Social Justice for Sustainable Development: How to build a new relationship with each other and with creation to meet the SDGs

Four years ago, world leaders came together at the United Nations to adopt the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals at its core.
 
The 2030 Agenda is a roadmap for a collective response to some of greatest challenges facing people and our planet.
 
It aims to end the scourge of poverty and create shared prosperity on a healthy and peaceful planet.
 
It promises to leave no one behind.
 
We have made important progress over the last four years.
 

16 March 2019, London

Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at School of Oriental and African Studies - Africa Development Forum [as prepared for delivery]

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to this gathering.  

I am especially inspired to know that this forum, now in its eighth year, is a student-driven undertaking. 30 years ago, my friend brought me here to listen to various African activist. 

Let me start by thanking my friend and former colleague Baroness Valerie Amos for her leadership at SOAS and previously at the United Nations when she headed our relief operations.