U.N. Secretariat

23 May 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

I thank the Government of Indonesia for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, a cornerstone of international humanitarian law.  And it is with enormous please that I see with us Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the guardian of these Conventions.

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Ceremony

Fifty-eight years ago, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash in the Congo while trying to broker a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country.
He was a tireless and fearless champion of peace. 
A believer in diplomacy and preventive measures as well as in taking robust action when needed. 
His death continues to resonate, and his legacy lives on in the countries where the United Nations is called on to maintain and promote peace.

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Captain Diagne Medal Ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) shares a moment of grieving with Ms. Chitete Mwenechanya, who wears around her neck the medal awarded to her late husband, Private Chancy Chitete from Malawi. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The world does not have many true heroes.
But the late Private Chancy Chitete, of Malawi was indeed one of them and we unfortunately lost him last year.
Private Chitete was serving with MONUSCO -- the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Last November, Tanzanian and Malawian peacekeepers came under heavy fire while conducting an operation to stop attacks on local towns by an armed group, the ADF, that was disrupting the Ebola response.

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Wreath-Laying Ceremony

I am honoured to join you today to remember the brave women and men who have lost their lives while serving in UN Peacekeeping.
More than 3,800 military, police and civilian peacekeepers have lost their lives since the United Nations deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948. 
These peacekeepers gave their lives to protect others and to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope.
Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability. 

22 May 2019, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

I welcome this opportunity to provide an update to these ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment.
You have before you my first report to the Council since the landmark General Assembly resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.

The report outlines progress not only in response to direct mandates of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, usually designated as QCPR and General Assembly resolution, but also on all measures I am taking to ensure effective, cohesive and accountable support to the 2030 Agenda.

21 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series

Welcome to the Africa Dialogue Series.
As we look to build and bolster multilateralism, we need strong coalitions across international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia, the media and more. The Africa Dialogue Series is an important part of this effort. 

07 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Official Launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

I established the Office of Counter-Terrorism in 2017 for several fundamental reasons:
To help strengthen international counter-terrorism cooperation;
To expand multilateral networks for sharing information to detect, identify, disrupt and prosecute terrorists;
And to ensure that Member States most affected by terrorism have the capacity to tackle this evolving threat.
The recent despicable attacks in Kenya, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, among others, are tragic reminders of the global reach of the scourge of terrorism.

07 May 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council - on Peacekeeping Training and Capacity Building

Thank you for convening this important debate on peacekeeping training and capacity building.
It reflects Indonesia’s strong engagement in peacekeeping – here in New York as well as in the field.
I salute the more than 3,000 uniformed personnel from Indonesia that currently serve in eight of our operations, and I pay tribute to the 37 Indonesian peacekeepers who have made the ultimate sacrifice under the UN flag.
Improving training is a major shared commitment of the Action for Peacekeeping initiative.
Training saves lives. 

06 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

This summit is a demonstration that the partnership between the African Union and the UN is an absolutely central, strategic partnership for the United Nations. We consider that our work, in peace and security, in human rights, in development, in relation to climate change - our work can only succeed in the world if it succeeds in Africa. We believe that our work can only succeed in Africa if we work hand in hand together with the African Union.

06 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Opening of Exhibition on Women at War

Thank you for inviting me to open this exhibit on the role of women in the Second World War.

The events of World War Two marked a turning point in so many ways.

The desire to avoid any recurrence of that horror led to the formation of our United Nations, followed by an unprecedented period of relative peace and increased prosperity based on an acceptance of the need for a multilateral world based on international law.