U.N. Secretariat

20 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the International Day of Peace student observance

[off mic] …with a very distinguished group of young people on the International Day of Peace. 
 
We usually look at peace from the point of view of the conflicts between human beings.  Peace is not only the absence of war; it is the creation of the conditions of harmony in the way people live with each other to allow for conflicts not to exist.  But today, we have a special Peace Day, because it is not only about peace among people, it is also about peace between people and nature.  Peace between people and the planet. 
 

20 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Peace Bell Ceremony

It is not by chance that this event started with music.  Music is a universal language, and music is the best tool we have to promote peace. 
 
I am deeply grateful for the fantastic work that our two Messengers for Peace do, because what they represent is extremely important for us. 
 
Of course we are use to seeing them receiving standing ovations in fantastic performances in great music rooms around the world. 
 

12 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The past decades have demonstrated the power of South-South cooperation to advance sustainable development.

Driven by a spirit of solidarity, respect for national sovereignty and equal partnership, South-South cooperation has offered concrete solutions to shared development challenges.

Across the developing world, more children attend school, child and maternal mortality rates have been cut by nearly half, and extreme poverty has been sharply reduced.

16 September 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at the closing of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

I am pleased to be with you for the closing of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
 
Here, in this prestigious chamber, and in the building’s many conference rooms, you discuss, daily, humanity’s most pressing issues.
 
In our fast-changing world, these issues are increasingly interlinked. 
 
From the climate crisis to migration flows and rising inequality, from waves of intolerance to harnessing technology for good, one thing is certain: global issues require global solutions. 
 

17 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Wreath-Laying Ceremony to commemorate the 58th Anniversary of the death of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

Today we remember my predecessor, Dag Hammarskjöld, and pay tribute to his life and his supreme sacrifice.

Around the world, Dag Hammarskjöld is rightly revered for his achievements, his dedication and his values.

He shaped the United Nations into an active force in making and keeping peace. He skillfully created and seized opportunities.

He bravely put himself forward for the most difficult challenges.  

And he died while he was deeply involved in peace negotiations in the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo.

17 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 34th Annual International Prayer Breakfast

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,
 
As we prepare for the busy days ahead, this prayer service offers a precious moment of reflection and humility.
 
We represent many faiths, communities and cultures, but this gathering shows that we are one.
 
One family of diverse nations, sharing common values and common goals.
 
This diversity is a strength.
 
Unfortunately, some exploit these differences to fuel conflict or for political gain.
 

18 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference at the outset of the 74th session of the General Assembly

Good afternoon.
 
It is good to see you again as we begin a new session of the General Assembly.
 
The world is at a critical moment on several fronts – the climate emergency, rising inequality, an increase in hatred and intolerance, as well as an alarming number of peace and security challenges. Tensions are rising everywhere.
 
As I have often said, there is no doubt that our fraying world needs international cooperation more than ever.  But simply saying it will not make it happen.
 

17 September 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at opening of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly

I am very pleased to be with you for the opening of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
 
Let me begin by warmly congratulating His Excellency Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria on his election as General Assembly President.
 
As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative here in New York, Professor Bande brings years of United Nations experience to his role.
 

12 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on the Launching of the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites

Good morning. 
 
Today we are launching an important new effort to tackle hate and violence around the globe. 
 
It is called the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites.
 
We are doing so for a reason that is both deeply unfortunate and absolutely necessary. 
 
Our world is plagued with a surge in anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, attacks against Christians, and other religious groups.  
 

12 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the launching of the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites

Thank you for joining us as we launch an important new effort to counter hate and violence around the globe.
 
As we are all so tragically aware, our world is facing a surge in anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, attacks against Christians, and intolerance targeting other religious groups.
 
In recent months alone, Jews have been murdered in synagogues, Muslims gunned down in mosques, Christians killed at prayer.
 
I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms.