Europe

27 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at a press stakeout with His Excellency Mr. Alexander Van Der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your warm hospitality. It is always a pleasure to come to Vienna. And indeed this time I have two very important reasons to come again.
 
First of all, celebrating 40 years of the UN presence in Vienna is also the moment to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for what has been an exemplary support from Austria as a host country. 
 

27 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at event marking 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
 
I do believe that if Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss had been here today, they would have loved the wonderful piece we all have heard.
 
I want to say that it is good to see Vienna going on with the most fantastic musical tradition of the world. Because music is a universal language. Music is the language of peace. Music is probably the best language we could have in the United Nations.
 

28 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at the R20 Austrian World Summit

I am pleased to be with you once again to discuss our collective response to the climate crisis.
 
And I thank Governor Schwarzenegger and the R20 coalition for placing focus on the importance of sub-national actors for successful climate action.
 
I have just returned from a trip to the South Pacific where I visited, among others, Tuvalu – a low-lying island nation that faces inundation from rising seas.
 
I was profoundly impressed and profoundly moved.
 
It is clear to me that we have no time to waste.
 

10 May 2019, Geneva

Remarks to Special General Council of the World Trade Organization

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you very much for inviting me to address all of you today.
 
Since the end of the Second World War, nations have relied on a system of multilateral institutions and agreements to promote peace and equitable social and economic progress.
 
The World Trade Organization, along with its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, is an indispensable component of that system.
 
Trade is at the heart of international relations, and the WTO is at the heart of trade.
 

26 February 2019, Geneva

Opening remarks at the press stakeout for the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,

Thank you very much for your presence.

26 February 2019, Geneva

Remarks to the Pledging Conference for Yemen

Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) briefs journalists at the High-Level Pledging Event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with Vice-President Simona Sommaruga of Switzerland, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström of Sweden and OCHA's Mark Lowcock. UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferré

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured and pleased to chair this conference and to welcome all of you today to Geneva. And if you don’t mind I will give the floor to myself for an opening statement.

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I am indeed pleased to be here with you today to demonstrate our common commitment to the suffering people of Yemen.

And I want to thank the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland for co-hosting this conference for the third year running, and for your continued solidarity and support.

25 February 2019, Geneva

Remarks to the Human Rights Council

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Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council,

Madame High Commissioner, this is my first time before this Council in your new capacity.  I know you will bring enormous added value to the advancement of human rights around the world.

Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends

The Human Rights Council is the epicentre for international dialogue and cooperation on the protections of all human rights -- civil, political, economic, social and cultural.

25 February 2019, Geneva

Remarks at Event on Conflict-Related and Gender-Based Violence

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
 
It is good to be back in this room after almost two years.
 
Thank you very much for being here as President Peter Maurer and I, together with Madame Julienne Lusenge, launch an urgent joint appeal for global action to prevent and end sexual and gender-based violence in and around conflict. 
 

25 February 2019, Geneva

Remarks to the Conference on Disarmament

[Bilingual, as delivered]

Mr. President,
Excellencies, Distinguished delegates
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a privilege to take the floor here in this Council Chamber, a space that was created to nurture the agreements that make our world a safer place.

The words inscribed outside these doors are as urgent as ever: “Nations must disarm or perish.”

I will be blunt. Key components of the international arms control architecture are collapsing.

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.